Connecting Hearts is funded in part through the Adoption Family Recruitment Grant, Fam-17-042, with the Virginia Department of Social Services. We are proud to partner with VDSS! Click Here.
Connecting Hearts is a proud partner of Jewish Family Services and is proud to expand their adoption services to include foster care and foster2adopt for older children in need of a home! Click Here.
Please click below for adoption and foster care resources:
Private Agencies & Organizations
State & Local Departments
Drug Rehab.com: Drug Rehab provides information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and related traditions; Contact information: 877-695-5395.
The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E ): The center for Adoption Support and Education is the national leader in the mental health services for the foster care and adoption community. These services cover parts of the Northern, Eastern, and Piedmont regions of Virginia. Areas covered are Northern, Eastern, and Piedmont. Contact information: Debbie Riley: 301-476-8525, Riley@Adoptionsupport.org or Leslie Savary: 301-476-8525, Savary@Adoptionsupport.org.
The PRIDE Model of Practice provides agencies with specific steps needed to ensure that resource (foster and adoptive) parents and agency staff work together to achieve the agency’s mission while developing and supporting resource parents as team members. The New Generation FosterPRIDE/AdoptPRIDE is the pre-service training and assessment step of the PRIDE Model of Practice. This step integrates the strengths of in-person group sessions, family assessment (home study) consultations, and online self-paced training to meet the needs of diverse families and agency resources. The hybrid in-person/on-line approach builds upon PRIDE’s five core competency categories: protecting and nurturing children; meeting developmental needs and addressing developmental delays; supporting children’s relationships with birth families; connecting children to safe and nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime; and working as a member of a professional team.
Connecting Hearts in Virginia – A Deborah J Johnston Charity does not endorse the agencies or resources listed on the site. This is an information only. We encourage users to carefully review and evaluate all services then decide what is best to meet the needs of their families.
Our Community Partners
Einstein Bagel Bros: Einstein Bagel Bros has been a yearly participant in our Foster2Adopt Educational Campaigns in order to spread the necessary awareness needed to recruit prospective foster and adoptive families for Virginia’s kiddos! Heather continues to help feed the children at several of our events in donating the tastiest bagels for all to enjoy! She has passed out bagel coupons for our youth in foster care in order to promote normalcy to our kiddos. They, too, get to enjoy Einstein Bagel Bros thanks to Heather! Einstein Bagel Bros is your neighborhood bagel shop. They are proud to provide their guests with freshly baked bagels, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, coffee, catering, and so much more. Stop on in! They have a fresh bagel and cup of coffee ready for you!
Pasture: Michele Jones, co-owner, of Pasture has been a wonderful advocate for Virginia’s youth! Michele Jones continues several drives for youth in foster care, such as: a yearly Holiday Gift Drive, toiletry drives, suit case drives, etc. Each year, Michele closes down her restaurant and opens the doors for Virginia’s kids in care as well as alumni so that together, all can have a Thanksgiving Dinner! Michele continues to help make all of what Connecting Hearts does – from the promotion of normalcy to permanency possible by donating to several events and acting as a community advocate and resource for Virginia’s kids! Pasture is a restaurant that takes pride in southern food that provides comfort as well as the act of sharing, fresh ingredients and conversation over a tasty dinner that creates conversation! For questions or reservations, contact: email@example.com.
Comfort: Michele Jones is also the co-owner of Comfort with a goal to have a down home style of comfort and the desire to serve simply deliciously cooked food! From its opening in September of 2003, Comfort has quickly been recognized as Richmond’s most popular eating venue and a great source of simple and soothing dishes that the community has come to rely on as “comfort” foods. For questions or reservations, use the Open Table App or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flora: Michele Jones is also the co-owner of Flora, a right, modern Mexican restaurant, bar, and venue with particular attention to the state Oaxaca and the Yucatán Peninsula! To make a reservation at this lively restaurant or for more information, contact: email@example.com.
Abundant Life Church of Christ: Abundant Life Church of Christ’s Pastor Gary Foreman has thus far been so compassionate about our cause and has even shown leadership by choosing to begin the foster2adopt process as well! ALCC’s mission is to win the unchurched, incorporating them into a committed body of spirit-filled Christians led by qualified ministers who equip people to fulfill their God-given purpose; resulting in growth, maturity, and influence in the community, state, nation, and world. ALCC will be participating in our “One Faith One Child” Campaign in support of CH’s mission!
Haley Buick GMC: Haley Buick’s General Manager, Barry Moore, became a care salesman because he likes serving others. Barry Moore serves on the board of Connecting Hearts and has committed to helping us execute our mission of spreading foster care and adoption awareness across the state of Virginia! Haley Buick has been serving Richmond for over 44 years! Their number one priority is always to serve their customers and provide them with the easiest experience in purchasing their next vehicle. They are a leading dealer in customer service, and they have been recognized with the Mark of Excellence every year since 2000. In fact, in 2006, they were honored with the Dealer of the Year award for Pontiac, a testament to our focus of serving our customers for every single sale. Check out all of the wonderful cars and things Haley Buick is doing for the community by clicking the link!