Foster Care and Adoption

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Arlington Needs Foster Families!

Arlington County needs foster families for African American, Hispanic and children of other cultural backgrounds. We also need families for teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs. Contact us for more information or to sign up for an Information Session.

Foster Care

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. Social workers help families resolve problems so that their children can return home without further incidence of abuse or neglect.

  • Children may need foster families for a few days, months or years.
  • We are in special need of foster families for African American, Hispanic and children of other cultural backgrounds.
  • We also need families for teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs.
Foster Parent Qualifications
  • Able to accept a child who needs a lot of patience, understanding and love
  • Over the age of 21
  • Married or single
  • With or without biological children
  • Employed inside or outside the home
  • Living in a house or apartment in Arlington County or the surrounding Virginia area

We provide a 30-hour dual certification program and home assessment. All individuals/couples who successfully complete the class and home study process will be certified to foster and adopt.

Children in Foster Care
  • Are of all ages and races
  • Come from all kinds of family backgrounds
  • Are experiencing the pain of separating from their families
Strengthening Families

The goal of foster care is to strengthen families. During placement, social workers, foster parents and birth parents work together to facilitate the child’s returning home.  When returning home is not possible, an alternative plan is made.

Adoption

Adoption is an outcome for children unable to return to birth or extended families. Arlington County provides a dual certification program. All individuals/couples who successfully complete the certification program and home study process will be certified to foster and adopt. The adoption program serves people who want to adopt children who are in the custody of Arlington County and people who were adopted through Arlington County and desire information about their adoption.

To learn more, join us at our next Information  Session:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Please contact us to RSVP and for Information Session locations.