Virginia post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption support services available to families who live in Virginia. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption support services

In Virginia, adoptive families have access to the following services through a post-adoption support program:

  • Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.) 
  • Birth family mediation
  • Referral to services
  • Training/other development
  • Peer support for parents
  • Peer support for children/teens
  • Mentoring for parents
  • Mentoring for children/teens
  • Camps, retreats, or other events
  • Educational support
  • Community-based therapeutic services

The following services may be available as part of an adoption/guardianship subsidy agreement based on the needs of the individual child:

  • Child and youth assessments
  • Case management
  • Financial/material support
  • Respite care
  • In-home therapeutic services 
  • Residential therapeutic services
  • Crisis Intervention

Who is eligible for these services?

  • Families who have adopted from the state’s foster care system 
  • Families who have adopted from another state’s foster care system
  • Families who have adopted internationally or privately

Who provides these services?

Post-adoption services in Virginia are provided through contracts with multiple private agencies, each offering different services.

Provider Service provider Service area
Center for Adoption Support and Education Case management, therapeutic services, service navigation, training Northern and Central regions
Depaul Community Resources Case management, advocacy, support and counseling for children and parents, support groups for parents and youth, activities for children and teens, respite Piedmont region
Frontier Health Crisis response and intervention, support groups for parents, respite, therapeutic services, training Western region
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia Case management, training, support and therapeutic services using the principles of Trust Based Relational Intervention Eastern region
United Methodist Family Services Information and referral services, training and educational for parents and professionals, a help line with referral to adoption-competent mental health professionals, post-adoption search services Central, Eastern, and Piedmont regions
Children’s Home Society of Virginia Respite, support groups for parents, training Northern and Central regions
Connecting Hearts in Virginia Training Central region


Parents can find updated information about available support services and contact information for providers at the state’s adoption information website.

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Statewide association

Newfound Families

Parent groups

Information on support groups in Virginia can also be found on the state’s adoption information website.

ABC Adoption Services
Location: Martinsville

Adoptions From The Heart, Inc.
Location: Chesapeake

Autumnleaf Group, Inc.
Location: Burke

Bethany Christian Services of Virginia
Location: Virginia Beach

Braley & Thompson
Region served: Lynchburg and Roanoke

Location: Richmond

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington - Center for Adoption and Pregnancy Services
Location: Burke

Children's Services of Virginia, Inc.
Location: Fredericksburg

Children's Services of Virginia, Inc.
Location: Harrisonburg

Children's Services of Virginia, Inc.
Location: Winchester

Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Inc.
Location: Staunton

Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption, Inc.
Group type: International adoption

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Support Group
Location: Chester

For Children’s Sake of Virginia
Location: Ashland

Formed Families Forward
Location: Fairfax

Fredericksburg Area Foster & Forever Families
Location: Fredericksburg

Friday's Child Adoption Services, Inc.
Location: Winchester

Loudoun County Department of Family Services
Location: Leesburg

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia

PAC - People for the Adoption of Children
Location: Midlothian

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Location: McLean

SAFE support group, United Methodist Family Services
Location: White Post

Stafford County Department of Social Services
Location: Stafford

Virginia One Church One Child
Location: Richmond