In the state of Virginia, there are more than 1,300 children in foster care with the goal of adoption. They have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and many have been waiting for months or even years to be adopted.

This is an adoption story facilitated by Bethany Christian Services in partnership with VDSS. Virginia’s Adoption Program partners with many organizations throughout the state.
If you are interested in adoption, you will be connected with an agency that best meets your adoption needs.

Who are the children waiting to be adopted?

When children enter the foster care system, the primary goal is to be reunited with their parents. Often times this is not possible and the children become available for adoption. The average length of time a child waits to be adopted is nearly three years.

These are children of all ages, but the majority are 13–18 years old. Many have siblings and wish to be adopted together. Children in foster care have special emotional, behavioral, or medical needs and they need a committed and loving home where their needs can be met.

Is foster care adoption a good fit for my family?

Children adopted from foster care need a strong, yet flexible family that can provide a stable, nurturing environment. Over time, most children will develop a sense of trust and security. Adoptive parents can be couples or single adults. They do not need to own a home and there is no income requirement. A home study will be completed to help determine if adoption is right for you and to assess what needs you can provide a child.


How long does the foster care adoption process take?

There are many necessary steps in the adoption process to make sure both the family and the child’s needs are being met. Adopting a child may take nine months or longer.

How much does foster care adoption cost?

There is little to no cost when you adopt a child in the custody of a local department of social services.


Is financial assistance available for children with special needs?

Financial assistance may be available for children and is negotiated for each child individually, based on their needs. There are also many community programs and services to take advantage of. Your adoption specialist will be able to provide you with more details.

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