​Foster and Adoptive Parents Help Children Grow to Successful Adults

Resource Parent Training Provides Dual Certification

Monday, March 09, 2015

Approximately 200 children are in foster care in Virginia Beach. Each month new children come into care due to abuse and neglect. With the help of supportive foster and adoptive parents (now known as resource parents), these children can grow to be successful citizens, parents, employees and community leaders. Virginia Beach Human Services Department wants to partner with adults who have faith in themselves and in children, who believe they can make a difference in a child’s life, who are willing to take a chance and who are willing to learn. Individuals or couples who are over age 21 and who can provide children structure and consistency, along with love and understanding, will be considered as potential resource parents.

 

If you are interested in becoming a resource parent or just want to learn more, attend one of two information sessions at the Human Services Department, 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd., Rooms 123 and 124:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27, 10 a.m. to noon

Resource parents will participate in a nine-week pre-service training class every Wednesday night beginning April 1, 2015 through May 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants will develop greater understanding of the trauma foster children have suffered, learn new skills on relating to the children, and may earn dual certification to foster or adopt upon successful completion

 

Pre-registration is required. Contact Misty Lee at (757) 385-3214 or MLee@vbgov.com for more information or to register.

 

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement providing care and parenting for children who can no longer live in their homes because of abuse, neglect or other severe family problems. The goal of foster care is to strengthen families. Children may need resource families for a few days, months or years. During this time, social workers and resource parents help families resolve problems so their children can return home without further abuse or neglect. When a court determines a child cannot safely be returned to the biological parents or extended family, adoption may be considered.

 

When possible, Virginia Beach seeks to place a child within his or her community. The Human Services Department has more than 200 children in care and needs resource families for African American children, Hispanic children and children of other cultural backgrounds. There is a particular need for families for teenagers, sibling groups and children with emotional and behavioral needs. Resource parents receive financial reimbursement for the foster children in their care and ongoing support from professional staff.

 

The mission of the Child Welfare Division of the Virginia Beach Human Services is to protect children from abuse and neglect, promote their well-being in stable living situations and provide permanent family connections. Through the provision of family-centered, community based services, we engage families to strengthen their self-sufficiency and capacity to protect, nurture and care for their children.

 

To learn more about becoming a resource parent, visit http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/human-services/your-dhs/Pages/foster-care-parents.aspx.

 

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