Virginia Beach Hosting Regional Kick-Off for Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000 Monday, July 22 • 6 to 8 p.m.

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Of the 4,000 children in Virginia’s foster care system, 1,000 are ready for adoption.  Anyone interested in helping one of these children find a loving family and permanent home is invited to attend the Eastern Regional Kick -Off of Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000, an initiative launched on May 17 by Gov. Bob McDonnell to match 1,000 children in foster care with 1,000 families.   The event is designed to further promote the Campaign for 1,000 and highlight some of the children across the Commonwealth who are in need of a forever family.  Parents and families interested in foster care adoption should attend.  The event will provide educational information for parents wishing to become adoptive parents. For specific event information, see below.


The event will be held on Monday, July 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center located at 4535 Commerce St, Virginia Beach.

  • Master of Ceremonies: Don Roberts, WAVYTV morning news coanchor.

  • Welcome: Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.

  • Keynote Speaker: Denise Goodman, Ph.D., a senior consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 1992, who conducts workshops and provides consultation throughout the United States and Canada on topics related to foster care, adoption and kinship care.

  • For more information including registration, please visit

This event is hosted by the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services in partnership with the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Social Services, and the other 22 local departments of social services in the eastern region.


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