Foster Care and Adoption Services
Children’s Services of Virginia (CSV) is a private, licensed child placing agency providing foster care, treatment foster care, and adoption 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 2018, 60 children were placed in CSV’s foster homes. In addition, 20 children were adopted and 39 children returned home to their birth parents or a relative!
CSV accepts emergency placements 24/7, 365 days per year.
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.
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.
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.
Without a doubt it has been a huge blessing to be a part of Children Services of Virginia. I'm not sure we would be able to make it through the ups and downs of being foster parents without CSV. While we know God has called us to be foster parents, it is the support, communication, and care that the case workers at CSV give, which helps us walk the awesome, but emotional road of foster parenting. The case workers at CSV have hearts of compassion, listening ears, and the feeling they are with you in this journey. We would not want to do it anywhere else.