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Foster/Adoptive Parent Training

The next Information Session is Saturday, December 10th from 9 am - 12 pm. Call 664-7722 or Email us to register.


Uniting Families

View the personal story of a couple who helped a critically ill child recover and reunite with his parents while adopting two children of their own. Play the video to the right to view.

Adopt a Child
Adoption provides children who are unable to be raised by their biological parents the chance to become permanent legal members of another family while maintaining genetic and psychological connections to their birth family.

Building a family by adoption is fundamentally different than building a family biologically, with lifelong implications for the adopted individual, the adoptive parents, and the birth parents.

Before a child is adopted, Virginia law requires that the adoptive family have an approved home study performed by a licensed agency. The Norfolk Department of Human Services will assist you in this process.

Foster Care
Foster care is a program that provides services, substitute care, and supervision for a child on a 24-hour basis until the child can return to his or her family or be placed in an adoptive home or another permanent placement. All local departments of social services provide foster care. Adoption provides children who are unable to be raised by their biological parents the chance to become permanent legal members of another family while maintaining genetic and psychological connections to their birth family.

Children enter into foster care for many reasons, including abuse, neglect, and abandonment. From the time a child enters the foster care system, the child has a "permanency goal" designed to ensure they will have an appropriate family with which to live.

Foster Parenting
While many families provide foster care homes for children, the need for more individuals willing to share their home and heart with a child is on-going. Being a foster parent has many challenges and rewards. All foster parents receive support as part of a team of individuals and agencies, working together in the best interests of each child.

The Norfolk Department of Human Services offers information sessions about foster parenting throughout the year and provides concurrent training for prospective foster and adoptive parents. Interested in becoming a foster parent? Take the foster/adoptive parent self-survey.

Foster/Adoptive Parent Training Series
Our next Information Session Is Saturday, December 10th from 9 am - 12 pm. For information and to register, call 664-7722 or Email.

The Foster/Adoptive Parent Training Series addresses key issues and concerns of becoming a certified foster / adoptive parent under Virginia standards.

Key topics of discussion:
  • Qualities of Successful Foster / Adoptive Parents
  • Income requirements
  • Living accommodations  

Get Involved!
Norfolk Friends of Foster Care
FB: @norfolkffc