Welcome to the Adoption page of the FACES website. We are an organization of families who have experienced child welfare from many perspectives so the articles we will place here are the ones that most families have found to be helpful in their journey toward adoption and the journey that continues after adoption. If you discover other resources that you find helpful, please let us know by clicking on the suggestion box at the top of our website. We look forward to hearing from you.
Adoption is a lifelong process for providing a permanent loving and safe home to a child in need. As part of this process, it is critical for adoptive families to have access to pre- and post-placement support that strengthens their families, and enables them to handle the challenges of adoptive parenting.
The road traveled by adoptive families is often complicated and full of surprises. Negotiating the path is not always clear, and frequently seems uncharted. Families find themselves wanting answers and sometimes not knowing the questions to ask. Many adoptive families face a daunting variety of physical and emotional special needs, and frequently don't know where to turn.
FACES offers help to adoptive families to identify support and resources to meet these challenges.
Children Available for Adoption
- Lutheran Family Services
- Virginia DSS Heart Galleries
- Children's Home Society of Virginia
- Change Who Waits
North American Council on Adoptable Children
This organization has may resources for informing families about adoption and the adoption process. Check out these great publication on adoption subsidies!
UMFS offers a network for Adoption Preservation Services to assist adoptive families who may need continued counseling, assessment, support, and referral advice after adoptions have been finalized to help stabilize the adoption and prevent disruption. UMFS offers services that can be key to preserving the adoptive family in the months or even years that follow an adoption. Any adoptive family in Virginia, regardless of the origin of the adoption, can participate in the AFP program. Families can access the program through a toll-free phone number and are referred to the closest site geographically. Services provided include case management, counseling, crisis intervention, parent support groups and children. Contact this program for a referral by calling 866-558-3533.
Help any child who has become a part of your family to understand the unique life process they are experiencing by creating a life book of thoughts, information and memories. Sign up for e-newsletter, free tips and other helpful tools online. Adoption Life Books
The North American Council on Adoptable Children advocates for adoption tax credits as well as tracks changes and implementation of federal adoption tax credits. The Adoption Tax credits provides an opportunity for adoptive parents to secure tax benefits for the costs incurred through adoption. Learn more...Adoption Tax Credit
Learn about the policies and procedures for Adopting from Foster Care in Virginia. http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/ap/index.cgi
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides guidance, policy, and regulation impacting adoption from foster care. On the Adoption page of the VDSS website you will find many helpful resources to help understand adoption in Virginia as well as an informational guide for families about adoption assistance negotiations in Virginia. Adoption Guide
Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted From Foster Care published in February 2011 by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
FACES was a part of the VDSS workgroup responsible for the development of the Virginia Enhanced Maintenance Assessment Tool (VEMAT). This tool is intended to ensure that the financial support needed to care for children in foster care or adopted from foster care are assessed equally across the Commonwealth. To support the VDSS work on this important tool, FACES developed the Parent's Guide to VEMAT to help you prepare for a VEMAT meeting. This Guide has not yet been updated to model the new VEMAT tool, however it is considered to continue to offer guidance to parents about how to prepare for a VEMAT review.