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: Heather Brushwood, the Area Business Manager, for Einstein Bagel Bros across the state of Virginia. 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.
Brewer’s Cafe: Brewer’s Cafe Owner, AJ Brewer, has been very hospitable and kindhearted in helping Connecting Hearts fulfill their mission to find each and every child a permanent, loving home! Brewer’s Cafe will be using their restaurant as a resource in hosting Heart Gallery Children awaiting their forever families, allowing Connecting Hearts to have educational materials around the restaurant, and giving us access to community events. At Brewer’s Cafe the mission is lofty, but the task is simple: serve up an exceptional brew. Brewer’s Cafe works with Red Rooster Coffee Roaster out of Floyd, Virginia to get beans that are bold, complex, and always ethically and sustainable when sourced. The Brew Crew is fanatical about turning this raw material into an uncompromisingly good cup of coffee. Email Ajay@Brewerscaferva.com with any questions or praises! Brewer’s Cafe has been recently recognized by Travel & Leisure as one of the best places to get a sandwich from in Virginia! Foster and Adoptive families you ARE supported by Brewer’s Cafe, who now offers 10% any purchase to all Foster and Adoptive Families!
California Pizza Kitchen: Short Pump California Pizza Kitchen’s General Manager, Ashely Brown, has been amazing in showing her support for Connecting Hearts thus far! California Pizza Kitchen will be participating in several awareness events throughout the year for Kinship, Foster, Adoptive, and Re-Unified Families as well as showcasing our Heart Gallery Kiddos awaiting forever families and allowing us to provide educational materials at California Pizza Kitchen in order to help our kiddos find the forever families they deserve! Foster and Adoptive Families you ARE supported by California Pizza Kitchen. California Pizza Kitchen now offers a free dessert for Foster and Adoptive Families! Also, purchase a gift card to donate towards our annual Holiday Gift Drive for kiddos in foster care who deserve permanency and normalcy.
First Community Bank: First Community Bank President, Tim M. Duffee, has sixteen years of retail, commercial, and investment banking experience in his career portfolio! In addition, Tim, while representing First Community Bank, has given relentlessly to Connecting Hearts. Not only has Tim played a role in Connecting Hearts Golf Tournaments each year, but this year, First Community Bank, will also be hosting our innovative Electronic Heart Gallery of Waiting Kids! First Community Bank has 100% percent of our appreciation and support; if you wish to bank with an organization filled with Pink Hearts, bank with First Community today!
iHeart Media: iHeart Media’s Radio Personality, Kat Simons, with Mix 98.1 is participating in our “Adopt a Heart” 2017 Campaign for Adoption Month where she will be showcasing one child each week for Adoption Month! Kat will be featuring our kiddos on her social media outlets and blog in hopes of them finding the forever families they deserve. To learn more about Kat Simons and all of the wonderful things she is doing in the community, click the link above!
National Coalition of 100 Black Women: Dr. Delta R Bowers, the President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (RMAC) has been so generous in supporting our organization thus far and voiced that we have 100% of her support. Dr. Bowers and NCBW (RMAC) will be assisting us in spreading the necessary awareness to recruit prospective foster and adoptive families for Virginia’s kids! The NCBW Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter (RMAC) core focus is domestic violence, mental health and anti-poverty. We offer forums, seminars and workshops invite guest speakers to provide leadership and guidance regarding issues affecting women and girls of color around the metropolitan area. RMAC also recognize and celebrate the great achievements made by women of color in our community. To learn more about this organization, click the link above!
Spirit of Fire Cathedral: Spirit of Fire Cathedral’s Bishop, Clay Cofield, has been so kind in assisting Connecting Hearts in our mission to find each and every child a permanent, loving home! In August 2017, Spirit of Fire allowed us to speak at their Bridge Event, all about “bridging” gaps in the community. Bishop Cofield’s church vision is to have intimacy with God through relationships that will produce the city of love by tearing down the walls of religion by teaching the realness of God and anything of all our increase. Spirit of Fire will be participating in our special “One Faith One Child Campaign” this year! To learn more about Spirit of Fire, click the link!
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!
Hotel Chains: The General Manager of Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, Nilam Patel, has been so kind in offering to help Connecting Hearts anyway that she can. With her help, Connecting Hearts will be posting educational materials and photos of waiting kids from the Central Region Heart Gallery of Virginia across the state! We are thankful of Nilam’s help and encourage you to have a relaxing stay at any of her hotels! Click the link to do just that.
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!