How do you find Virginia kids for Adoption in 2021?
How do you adopt a child or siblings in Virginia in 2021
Simple ideas on how to find a forever family for a child
So, you've decided to expand your family. This is great! Now, let's look at some statistics. At this time, there are over 5,500 children in foster care in Virginia, and over 800 of these kiddos are ready for adoption, and they're forever home. There are about 600 children who have already been placed in their pre-adoptive homes.
Let's discuss the different avenues of adoption, as there are MANY in Virginia. They include your Local Department of Social Services(LDSS), a Licensed Child Placing Agency, a Private Adoption Agency, or an adoption website.
Adoption through LDSS agencies or an LCPA can occur if the LDSS obtains custody of the child, parental rights of the child have been terminated. The LDSS agency consents to the child's adoption, therefore changing their permanency goal* to adoption.
The main goal of LDSS is to work with the child's biological family or prior custodian to put them in a position where the child can be reunified with their family. This occurs within 12 months of the child's entry into foster care. If this reunification plan is unsuccessful, the goal of the child is changed from reunification to adoption. A child must be in foster care with the pre-adoptive family for a minimum of 6 months before the adoption process can occur. To be an adoptive parent for children placed through LDSS agencies and LCPAs. A parent(s) must be certified/licensed as a foster parent within the guidelines set forth by the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Private Adoption Agencies (Expensive option)
Adopting through private agencies tends to be the more expensive option for families. In private adoptions, the biological parent(s) voluntarily place their child up for adoption, often having the ability to choose the family with whom they will place their child. Birth parents can either find a family on their own through those they know or profile searches, or via the assistance of an adoption agency or attorney. Always discuss the out of pocket expenses and a refund if the biological mother changes the mind after baby is born.
On Family-Match, a family can create a profile and make themselves visible to those within the foster care system. The site can identify families that appear to be a good match for the children placed on the website for adoption while having this information.
The site can determine what makes a family unique and ensures that the family can make a positive impact on a child's future. Through this online matching system, Family-Match produces connections immediately after new candidates are identified and allows caseworkers to connect directly with families.
AdoptUSKids offers a photolisting of children and youth that are available for adoption in the United States. There, one is allowed to identify a child by connecting them to the listing of children on the Virginia Department of Social Services website. On this site, one has the opportunity to provide a preference to include factors such as gender and age.
Although there are several avenues for adding another member to your family through adoption, there's only one way to know that you are a perfect match for a child, and that is through your heart.
*permanency goal= return home, relative placement, or adoption.