Can You Make a Difference in a Child’s Life?

Resource Parenting Information Sessions Scheduled in Virginia Beach

Monday, July 06, 2015

Virginia Beach foster children need resource parents 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. Parenting is a tough job. It can take a while to see the rewards, but there is nothing more satisfying. There is no other endeavor that has such long-lasting effects. 

Foster homes provide temporary, safe and loving places for children to stay until they can be safely reunited with their family. Resource (foster) parents help children learn to give and receive love, and develop to their full potential. When children are placed in foster care, care givers are responsible for meeting their basic needs. Foster placements are eligible for financial support to assure that the needs of these children are being met. 


The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division has approximately 200 children in foster care placements. Eighty of these children are placed in one of the 68 foster homes certified in Virginia Beach. Others are placed in homes outside the city or in residential settings. The need for additional homes is critical.


If you are interested in foster parenting or want to learn more, contact Misty Lee at Virginia Beach Human Services at or (757) 385-3214. Informational events provide a brief overview of the agency and more specific information about the foster parent program. The next meetings are scheduled for July 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and July 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Human Services Building, 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd. Single adults and couples, including same-sex couples, are welcome.


With the help of supportive resource parents, foster children grow to be successful citizens, parents, employees and community leaders. Can you help?


The mission of the Virginia Beach Human Services Child Welfare Division 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.


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