Partnering with Other Organizations
A goal of Connecting Hearts is to create a more unified and collaborative community across the state of professionals, advocates, and organizations within the field of foster care and adoption. We believe there is power in numbers and if we work together we can better meet the needs of our kids. Since being founded in early 2015, we have been welcomed with great support and have had the pleasure of working with some terrific individuals and organizations.
We have been having collaboration meetings across the state in order to gain a perspective of the system everywhere in Virginia and to also become more familiar with organizations in different localities. We have been very interested to hear from the professionals who have attended. We have learned some best practices as well as areas that might have room for improvement. We also hope to connect professionals and organizations who may benefit from working together! If you or your organization would like to be involved in one of our collaboration meetings, please contact us at 804.308.5946 or jwpitzer@ConnectingHeartsVA.org.
Virginia Department of Social Services – We work with VDSS alongside our founder and Virginia’s Adoption Champion Debbie Johnston. Although we also work with local departments, we assist VDSS with statewide initiatives.
Change Who Waits – We work with Change Who Waits on photo shoot events to get high quality photos of kids in foster care who are available for Foster-to-Adopt. Check out their website to see the photos and videos of kids in our state who need a forever family!
Great Expectations – Our founder Debbie Johnston has been a huge proponent of this program since being named Virginia’s Adoption Champion. We strongly support the work they do to help foster youth make their way through community college.
Case for Hope – We work alongside Case for Hope to hold toiletry drives for youth in foster care. We also assist Case for Hope in getting the bags and toiletries they have collected to youth who need them.
Caring Clothes Closet – We help Caring Clothes Closet with their mission of collecting clothing for youth in foster care.
ProjectREST – We help ProjectREST in their mission of providing respite care for foster and adoptive families.
Unity Christ Church of Bon Air – We are currently working on a faith-based initiative with Unity of Bon Air. Check back soon for more info!
And many more…