Richmond VA > Social Services > Programs > Child and Family Services

Last Updated: 2015-01-27

Foster Care

Foster Care manages the provision of services and treatment to a child who is in the legal custody of the Department due to abuse/neglect or the need for services. To be placed in foster care, the child must have been placed in the Department's custody by a Virginia court. Services are provided to the child and to the family to prevent further need for foster placement, and to achieve permanency.

For more information on the Foster Care Program, please call (804)646-7502.

Resource Family

The Resource Family Unit is responsible for the recruitment, training, support, and placement coordination for the Department’s foster and adoptive families. Members of this team recruit qualified families from the Richmond community and surrounding areas (within an hour radius) to serve as foster and/or adoptive parents to the children in care.

The Department provides the following services to individuals interested in becoming a foster parent:

  • Free Training
  • One-on-one assistance from a family services worker to complete the process
  • A series of home visits and interviews to help each family determine the type of child they feel they can best parent
  • Monthly ongoing training and other special events throughout the year

The Resource Family unit is also responsible for locating placements for children who enter foster care, or when a change in placement is required.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster parent for the City of Richmond, please call (804)646-KIDS (5437).

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