Richmond, Va 23226
Office: (804) 308-5946

Resources & Our Partners

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

Accomack: 757-787-1530
Alleghany-Covington: 540-965-1780
Amelia: 804-561-2681
Appomattox: 434-352-7125
Bath County: 540-839-7271
Bristol County: 276-645-7450
Buckingham County: 434-969-4246
Carroll County: 276-730-3130
Charles City: 804-652-1708
Charlotte County: 434-542-5164
Clarke County: 540-955-3700
Craig County: 540-864-5117
Cumberland County: 804-492-4915
Floyd County: 540-745-9316
Fluvanna County: 434-842-8221
Franklin City: 757-562-8520
Galax City: 276-236-8111
Gloucester County: 804-693-2671
Grayson County: 276-773-2452
Greensville/Emporia: 434-634-6576
Halifax County: 434-476-6594
Hampton: 757-727-1800
Henry/Martinsville: 276-656-4300
Highland County: 540-468-2199
King William: 804-769-4905
Lancaster County: 804-462-5141
Lee County: 276-346-1010
Louisa County: 540-967-1320
Lunenburg County: 434-696-2134
Madison County: 540-948-5521
Manassas Park: 703-335-8880
Mecklenburg County: 434-738-6138
Middlesex County: 804-758-2348
Northampton County: 757-678-5153
Northumberland County: 804-580-3477
Norton City: 276-679-2701
Nottoway County: 434-645-8494
Page County: 540-778-1053
Patrick County: 276-694-3328
Pittsylvania County: 434-432-7281
Prince Edward County: 434-392-3113
Prince George County: 804-733-2650
Pulaski County: 540-980-7995
Rappahannock County: 540-675-3313
Rockbridge-Buena Vista-Lexington
Scott County: 276-386-3631
Smyth County: 276-783-8148
Surry: 757-294-5240
Tazewell County: 276-988-8500
Virginia Beach: 757-385-3200
Washington County: 276-645-5000


 Resources provides education, guidance, resources, and help regarding addiction and opioid addiction.  Specifically, provides the following information and resources regarding the dangers and side effects of heroin and information regarding rehab and recovery heroin addiction.

                             Dangers and Side Effects

                             Rehab and Recovery

Drug 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, or Leslie Savary: 301-476-8525, 

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia: Guided by God’s love for all people, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia (CCEVA) provides comprehensive, compassionate services, collaborates with community partners, and advocates for those in need in order to empower and enrich lives. CCEVA primarily serves the poor and the working poor (88% of those CCEVA serves live at or below the 200% poverty level. CCEVA serves all people in need regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion. CCEVA provides youth and family services, mental health counseling, financial and housing counseling, health and community services, and older adult services. Contact Information: Rebekah Hall: 757-456-2366, 
Children’s Home Society of Virginia: Children’s Home Society of Virginia believes every child deserves a home. They have been dedicated to their mission of service to children and families in the commonwealth. CHS changes lives of children of all ages – from infants to teens. Their mission is to build strong, permanent families and lifelong relationships for Virginia’s at risk children and youth. They strive to find permanent adoptive homes for children of all ages throughout the commonwealth, and to provide critical support services to birth families, adoptive families, and past and present adoptees. Their programs and services include: working with VDSS to find permanent homes for children in Virginia that are available for adoption, and impactful ongoing post-adoption counseling to maintain successful families after adoptions have been finalized. Areas covered are Central and Northern Virginia. Contact Information:Laura- Ash-Brackley, 804-353-0191,
DePaul Community Resources: At the heart of DePaul community resources is the belief that new things are possible when you belong. Since 1977, they have opened doors to hope and belonging for countless children, families, and individuals with disabilities across Central and Southwest Virginia. The work of hope and belonging is bigger than social work- it is work that builds communities, strengthens economies, supports health, and renews promise. Their staff, providers, volunteers, and the 600 individuals and families they support work every day to help make their vision a reality. DePaul’s goal is to be the touchstone provider of services to individuals with unique challenges. Areas covered are Western and Piedmont Virginia. Contact: Sherry Gearheart: 540-265-8923,
United Methodist Family Services: UMFS strives to be an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential. Their vision is to create a world where caring, opportunity, and generosity are passed on from generation to generation — empowering all children to contribute to society as engaged citizens. UMFS provides a comprehensive array of programs to meet with the needs of high-risk children and parents to enable the to overcome challenging circumstances and succeed. UMFS proactively identifies unmet social service needs throughout Virginia and develops appropriate partnerships to address them. Areas covered are Central, Eastern, and Piedmont Virginia. Contact: Adalay Wilson: 757-490-9791, or Rosemary Liberty: 804-353-4461, 
 New Generation PRIDE Training: CWLA and Introduce the New Generation PRIDE Model of Practice featuring FosterPRIDE/AdoptPRIDE Pre-service Training and Family Assessments (Home Studies)

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:

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 

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: 

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!

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