July 31, 2013
According to the Virginia Department of Social Services, about 4,000 kids in Virginia are in foster care at any given time. About one 1,000 of them are free for adoption.
"Virginia Adopts, Campaign for 1,000," kicked off Wednesday night to encourage families to adopt those children.
The event is Governor McDonnell's adoption initiative.
State and local social services officials and others were on hand to answer questions from interested parents. Local elected officials spoke and families who have adopted shared their stories.
"We believe that all of our children deserve a permanent family. Kids do better in families that are going to commit to them forever. They do better after they foster care and we believe that's what they need," said Dawn Caldwell, a permanency consultant with the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Caldwell encourages people to consider adopting teens.
"When you think about adoption, you often think about babies and toddlers, but our older kids are waiting, and they can bring a lot of excitement to a family. So, we really want folks to think about those children as well," said Caldwell.
If you would like to learn about foster care or adoption, Virginia Adopts has information, including pictures and profiles of kids who looking for a permanent family.
You may also call 1-800-DO-ADOPT to reach them by phone, search for "Virginia Adopts," to find them on Facebook, or follow them on twitter here.