Foster Families Overview
Who are Virginia's foster parents? They are your neighbor, your minister, the bus driver, the soccer coach. They are parents who face the same challenges as typical families in raising their children--setting limits, providing supervision, addressing behavior challenges, coping with educational needs and learning obstacles, etc.
Locating services, finding support, and accessing resources is often a maze for even the most experienced, most educated, and most driven parent. Add to that the additional challenges of coping with a lack of history of the child, missing or lost medical records, working with multiple public service agencies, multiple service providers, birth families, specialized physicians, therapists, school systems, and legal systems...the task of providing care can be daunting.
Find Family Services
Find Family Services is a searchable online database of public and private service providers who deliver mental and behavioral health, advocacy, educational, foster care, and other services in the state of Virginia.
- VDSS Broadcast on VEMAT
- FACES is hiring! Apply NOW!
- Review Proposed Bylaws Changes to be considered at Special Membership Meeting on April 14 in Richmond.
- Take the FACES VEMAT Survey
- Information for Parents to consider regarding Psychotropic Medications
- NEW! Adoption Brochure from FACES
- Foster Parent Brochure from FACES
- Relative Caregiver Brochure from FACES
- Adoption Tax Credit on-line form now available.
- You may be eligible for mileage reimbursement to Medicaid-eligible appointments. Learn about Medicaid eligibility for transportorLogisticare Downloadable forms for mileage reimbursements, included here.
- GET THE FACTS...about Virginia's Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program
- Become a Foster Parent
- Nominate an extraordinary person for their service to children, youth, and families.
- School Enrollment for Children in Kinship.
- Use the Code of Ethics/Mutual Responsibilities Agreement as a tool.
- Parent's Guide to VEMAT.
- Help for children with disabilities.
- Starting a Family Support Group.
- Family Engagement Manual from CUNY .
- HOW ARE WE DOING? A quality improvement survey
Fostering Families Magazine
Fostering Families is a magazine about you---the parents, children and dedicated professionals in the child welfare system providing foster care and domestic adoption to children, where both sides of an issue are explored and debated and questions are raised and discussed on matters that contribute to the nurturing and well-being of the children entrusted to your care. An important contribution to the magazine are your own stories---of excitement, frustration, hope, sadness, joy---which serve to illustrate on a personal level the larger issues that characterize a system that is often slow to respond and under fire.