Connecting Hearts is gearing up for a wonderful Adoption Month in 2016! We have awareness campaigns, a summit for professionals, and an adoption celebration already in the works! More updates coming soon! To see what we did for Adoption Month in 2015, head here. To view links of all of the adoption initiatives for that state click here: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/nam/.
Meet just a few of the over 700 kids in Virginia waiting
to be foster-to-adopted!!
Call 1-800-DO-ADOPT for more information on giving them a permanent, loving home!
just a few facts:
* There are over 5000 youth in foster care
* There are over 700 youth who are legally free for adoption which is a significant improvement from last year
* There are over 200 youth are awaiting finalization.
*The majority of foster care youth available range in age from 4-12 years of age.
*VDSS is working collaboratively with our State Adoption Champion, Deborah J. Johnston’s charity, Connecting Hearts, to promote foster care youth for adoption, educate staff from local departments of social services and community partners.
* Post Adoption services are available in each of the five regions across the commonwealth for adoptive families and adopted youth.
*The Adoption Through Collaborative Partnerships contract assisted LDSS by serving over 850 youth and finalizing 266 adoptions last year, meeting 84% of their goals and moving foster youth to permanency.
There are numerous wonderful agencies and non-profits in Virginia that focus on adoption and foster care. The purpose of this conference is to bring all these agencies together in order to enhance collaboration and efforts to ensure every child has a forever home. You can find more information about the summit here.