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Virginia's inaugural Foster Parent Appreciation and Recruitment Expo will take place Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Hilton Short Pump Hotel. The family-friendly event is designed to celebrate foster parents who are currently providing foster care services to children and youth, and offer resources and education to prospective foster parents interested in becoming an approved provider. Subject matter experts will be on hand to discuss topics such as the foster parent approval process, foster-to-adopt process and kinship placements. For more information or to RSVP (preferred but not required), click here.


The Virginia Department of Social Services is committed to providing stability for all youth in foster care. Foster parenting involves providing a nurturing and supportive home to a child or sibling group on a temporary basis until the child or sibling group can be reunified with their prior custodian, placed with a relative or as a last option, placed for adoption.

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Real Stories of Foster & Adoptive Families

Family, belonging, acceptance, love -- The Real Stories of Foster & Adoptive Families is a compilation of the compelling anecdotes from families across the state of Virginia. These Virginia families share the true stories of how families were started, reunited and strengthened through foster care and adoption. If you or someone you know is willing to share an adoption or foster care story, please email public.affairs@dss.virginia.gov.

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Currently, there are over 5,000 children in Virginia's foster care system. Of those 5,000, over 700 children are ready for adoption right now. In Virginia, over 60% of our foster care youth are adopted by their foster parent.

The decision to become a foster parent or adoptive parent is one that may take time and consideration before you commit to the process. Families interested in becoming a foster parent or an adoptive parent should contact a local department of social services in their city or county to learn more about each agency's process.

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