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Nearly 8,000 children are in foster care throughout the commonwealth.
Approximately 50 percent are 13 and older.
These children are in urgent need of foster parents, and, for many of them, a “forever family.”
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is asking families, couples and individuals to open up their hearts and homes to a foster child.
First Lady Anne Holton created the For Keeps foster care initiative in 2007.
It was founded on the belief that every child deserves and needs a “forever family.”
For Keeps focuses on ensuring older children in foster care have permanent family connections and community support to help them develop into successful, independent adults.
The goal of Virginia’s foster care program is to maintain family unity and ensure that all children grow up in safe, stable homes.
“There is no ‘typical’ foster child, but they all desire a permanent, loving home. This is especially true for older children, teens and siblings,” said VDSS Commissioner Anthony Conyers Jr.
The need for loving foster parents is ongoing for both short and long-term placements.
Local departments of social services offer training for families and individuals interested in becoming foster parents.
To learn more about making a positive difference in a child’s life, visit http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/fc/index.html or contact your local department of social services.
Foster parenting is challenging and not something everyone is suited for, but foster parents do make a real difference in young people’s lives.

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Open up heart, home

Nearly 8,000 children are in foster care throughout the commonwealth.
Approximately 50 percent are 13 and older.
These children are in urgent need of foster parents, and, for many of them, a “forever family.”
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is asking families, couples and individuals to open up their hearts and homes to a foster child.
First Lady Anne Holton created the For Keeps foster care initiative in 2007.
It was founded on the belief that every child deserves and needs a “forever family.”
For Keeps focuses on ensuring older children in foster care have permanent family connections and community support to help them develop into successful, independent adults.
The goal of Virginia’s foster care program is to maintain family unity and ensure that all children grow up in safe, stable homes.
“There is no ‘typical’ foster child, but they all desire a permanent, loving home. This is especially true for older children, teens and siblings,” said VDSS Commissioner Anthony Conyers Jr.
The need for loving foster parents is ongoing for both short and long-term placements.
Local departments of social services offer training for families and individuals interested in becoming foster parents.
To learn more about making a positive difference in a child’s life, visit http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/fc/index.html or contact your local department of social services.
Foster parenting is challenging and not something everyone is suited for, but foster parents do make a real difference in young people’s lives.

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