Foster Care Services

Children’s Services of Virginia (CSV) is a private, licensed child placing agency providing foster care, treatment foster care, and foster-to-adopt services for children and families. CSV opened its doors in 1992 and is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services to provide services to children from birth to age 21. We serve the northern half of Virginia including Fredericksburg, Winchester, Front Royal, Harrisonburg and surrounding areas. Families who are approved by the agency are referred to as Resource Families.

Our program primarily serves children who have been abused and neglected. Some of these children will not be able to return to their birth family. If parental rights are terminated, the current resource family is almost always given the opportunity to adopt the children. CSV charges no fee to the resource family and assists with the adoption process.

In 2021, 52 children were placed in CSV’s foster homes. In addition, 16 children were adopted and 11 children returned home to their birth parents or a relative!


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Emergency Placement

CSV accepts emergency placements 24/7, 365 days per year.

Sibling Groups

Our resource families recognize the importance of keeping siblings together. We have many resource families who are equipped for and interested in providing a home for sibling groups.

Independent Living

This service is offered to youth between the ages of 14 and 18. The teen may transition to the program while in foster care or may be referred directly to a semi-supervised living environment.

Foster to Adopt

Adoption services are provided to children who are already placed with our resource families and whose parental rights have been terminated. The program includes family selection, home study, pre-adoptive counseling and post-adoptive services.

Pregnant Teen/Teen Mother and Child

Skilled and experienced foster families open their hearts and homes to nurture, educate and provide structure to the teenage mother and her child.

Kinship Care

CSV offers training, home studies and case management services to relatives of children in foster care identified by the DSS agency involved with the family.


August 9, 2017

I don't want to share a story of how I helped my foster children, but how they helped change me, my husband and my kids. Siblings B & R were our first foster children. B came to us at 15 months and R at 3 weeks. Being 45 years old with my older teens and now 2 babies in diapers was really a challenge. The many things they taught us will never be forgotten. They taught us that you don't have to be born from the same parents to not feel unsurpassed feelings of love. Both babies taught us patience, and there was true joy when R smiled for the first time and said his 1st word and took his 1st steps. They taught my own children about being unselfish enough to share your parents. The "babies" (as we called them) taught us that a family is not just made up of DNA, but heartfelt feelings. I can honestly say that it was the most rewarding thing we have ever done as a family.