FACES of Virginia Families provides educational, advocacy, and support services to families caring for children unable to live with their birth parents. We are a non-profit organization with advanced ruling 501 (c)(3) status and recognized as a corporation by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
FACES provides free assistance and direction to anyone who calls, runs free weekend camps for adoptive families, educational webinars, training to foster parents--including matching them with a more experienced family to mentor them, advocacy, and more.
- Support the recruitment and retention of quality foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
- Advocate for and provide consistent and standardized training and support for foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
- Provide resources and information to parents, empowering them to be
educated, equipped, and effective.
- Advocate for the needs of foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
- Promote and strengthen collaborations among all professionals, including caregivers.
- Become a sustainable, independent, membership-run organization.
Our mission is to provide a united voice for children, youth, and families involved in foster, adoptive, and kinship care so all children and youth are treated with dignity, respect, and equality.
We believe that foster, adoptive, and kinship families are our best opportunity to secure strong futures for children and youth not living with their birth parents.
FACES advocates for the needs of all foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Virginia.
FACES builds partnerships with local agencies, private agencies, state government, and many other organizations working to improve the lives of children not living with their birth parents.
FACES provides educationalÂ opportunities to families so they are bettter equipped to be valued partners in protecting the health and safety of children and youth.
FACES believes that mutual support strengthens families and improves placement stability for children and youth.
FACES membership is open to any individual, agency, or organizations supporting the FACES mission. Join today and help us build a strong statewide voice for foster, adoptive, and kinship families. Together, we can make Virginia a better place for children and youth unable to live with their birth parents.
The Goals of the Association are to:
- We advocate for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and accountable to foster, adoptive, and kinship families, children, and youth in Virginia.
- We work in collaborative relationships based on equality and respect.
- Our work focuses on the growth and development of all family members - adults, youth, and children.
- We affirm and strengthen children, youth, and families - cultural, racial, and linguistic identities and work to enhance their ability to function in a multicultural society.
- We believe that state and local services and systems should be child and family-centered.
- We believe that community programs and systems need to be flexible, responsive, and based on evidence-based best practices.
- Our work strives to maximize the permanence and continuity of relationships for children.
- We advocate for children, youth and families to be actively involved in the decisions that impact them.