Why Choose to Foster

Responsibilities:

  • Providing 24/7 care, support, nurturance and supervision to the child until his/her family can resume responsibility or an alternate permanent family can be located
  • Supporting a child’s cultural and ethnic identity
  • Providing positive, instructive non-physical discipline
  • Meeting the child’s needs for learning, recreation, positive mental & physical health and healthy relationships
  • Assisting the child and birth family in transitioning back home or to an alternate permanent family
  • Maintaining appropriate confidentiality
  • Complying with all agency policies and procedures

Rewards:

  • The chance to help children feel good about themselves
  • A feeling of pride in doing a meaningful and important job
  • Overcoming challenging experiences
  • The opportunity to meet and work with new people
  • The knowledge that you are changing a child or adolescent’s life for the better
  • A chance to use special talents and knowledge
  • The opportunity to make a lifetime of difference for a child or adolescent

What Services do Foster Parents Receive?

Resource parents are not “in it alone.” They receive the following assistance for the care of their foster child or youth:

  • Financial assistance
  • Medicaid (medical coverage)
  • Child Care
  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
  • Reimbursement for special needs/events
  • Access to a resource parent support group
  • On-going training on relevant topics
  • Ongoing support from your foster home coordinator and the child’s foster care social worker
  • Access to a resource parent contingency fund for damage, loss done by a foster child or youth

Apply to be a Foster Parent

Contact Us

Social Services

West End
8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico, VA 23228

East End
(Benefit Programs only)
3820 Nine Mile Road
Henrico, VA 23223

West End
(804) 501-4001
East End
(804) 652-3123

Fax-West
(804) 501-4006
Fax-East
(804) 652-3516

dssweb@henrico.us

Mail for both offices
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775