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Some children are unable to safely remain in their home and there are no relatives able to provide a safe living environment.
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Foster Care is a temporary living arrangement for children who are not able to remain in their home. The goal is for the children to return to their home or to a relative's home. The Court is involved until permanency for the child is achieved.
Yes, if you are interested in becoming an approved adoptive family, contact the Child Welfare unit at (434) 799-6540 and speak with an adoption social worker.
Raising a child who is or was in foster care is different from "regular" parenting. It can be more challenging; kids in care have experienced many hardships. It can be more complex, but foster and adoptive parents are supported as a part of a team; they receive special training, help to meet children's individual needs, access to medical care for the child and reimbursement for certain expenses.
Good foster and adoptive parents know that, above all, this is about selecting families for children who need them, not just about putting children into families who want them. It takes a village to raise a child—our village, more than ever, needs families to help do this.