Become a Foster Parent

Please attend a Foster Parent Orientation Session. We will tell you about our current needs and allow plenty of time for questions and answers.

Upcoming foster parent orientation sessions:

Meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..

Dec 14 at Fairfield Library – 1401 N Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23223
Jan 11 at Henrico DSS (2nd floor) – 8600 Dixon Powers Dr, Richmond, VA 23228
Feb 8 at Fairfield Library – 1401 N Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23223

We are in need of families for all ages, especially:

  • Youth age 12 and up.
  • Large sibling groups (2 children and up) – you must have room to accommodate the children.
  • Families that can care for young children (0-4) who cannot attend daycare for one reason or another, including, but not limited to:
  • Newborns (too young/not eligible for daycare);
  • Medical needs (child needs to be stabilized before he or she will be able to go to daycare);
  • Child has experienced trauma thus transitions/multiple caretakers need to be minimized.

What is a resource parent?

A resource parent is an approved provider who is committed both to supporting family reunification and also to adopting the child if the child and family do not reunify. As noted, sometimes children are unable to return home, so in Virginia, all families are dually-certified as foster parents and adoptive parents. You may specify your preference for foster care, adoption or both during the home study process. However, dual-certification provides more flexibility for the family and allows for changing future circumstances.

What is a respite parent?

A respite family provides temporary care for children on an emergency or planned basis. (Often, it is to give the resource family a needed break, perhaps on the weekend, or to provide short term care for a foster child if the resource family experiences a personal emergency. Respite providers also provide support to biological parents to prevent foster care. Regardless of your interest, the first step in the process is to attend one of our information meetings.

We are especially in need of families for teenagers, and large siblings groups.

10 Reasons to Foster a Teen!

  • Teens do not require a car seat!
  • No diapers! No formula! No burp cloths!
  • They sleep through the night and sometimes into the day.
  • Teens can feed themselves; some may even want to learn how to cook
  • They are great teachers and learners.
  • Teens can show you how to use your technology.
  • They will keep you up on the latest trends and fashion.
  • Teens can do their own laundry!
  • They will move out sooner but can always come home.
  • Who doesn’t need more family with whom to share moments and make memories

Contact Us

Sue Sparks Karyshyn
(804) 501-4011
fax (804) 501-4006
kar019@henrico.us
Grace Carpenter
(804) 501-7292
fax (804) 501-4006
car171@henrico.us

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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

Social Services
(804) 501-4001
Adult Protective Services
(804) 501-7346
Child Protective Services
(804) 501-5437

Fax
(804) 501-4006

dssweb@henrico.us

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

After 4:00pm, Weekends and Holidays

Adult Abuse & Neglect: (888) 832-3858

Child Abuse & Neglect: (800) 552-7096

 
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