Virginia Beach Department of Human Services Needs Resource Parents to be a Part of Improving the Lives of Families and Children

Children Do Best When Raised in Families

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

86521635 FosterKid FB.jpgThe Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (VBDHS) is actively recruiting resource parents to partner with a professional team to protect and nurture children who cannot return to their parents. Resource parents provide a temporary, safe and nurturing home for children in crisis and assist in the development of permanency plans for the children.

The greatest need is for resource parents for teenagers, sibling groups and youth in therapeutic placement.

Individuals and couples interested in becoming resource parents are encouraged to contact the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services to find out how they can help support children who need a temporary loving home. To register for pre-service training, please contact Emily Lowe at 385-3292 or

Resource parents will participate in a nine-week pre-service training class designed to help them develop greater understanding of the trauma foster children have suffered and new skills on relating to the children. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from May 7 to July 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and pre-registration is required. Resource parents will receive financial reimbursement for the foster children in their care and ongoing support from professional staff.

Currently there are over 200 children in Foster Care in Virginia Beach.