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November 14, 2016

Getting called back to the work

By Monica Cannon, Foster Parent Engagement Specialist I had often thought of the many children I had served at the group home and missed them. I knew there were so many children out there who still needed homes and my heart was tugging for me to get involved again in some way. So three years […]

September 23, 2016

How a Google Search Led Her Here

By Monica Cannon, Foster Parent Engagement Specialist What I stumbled upon in my random google search one afternoon while seeking a career change was a residential treatment facility in southern California where children who were victims of abuse and neglect lived — a group home, essentially. I reached out to them seeking a full-time child […]

September 19, 2016

Watch: Jahem finds his forever home

The Logans demonstrate that fostering or adopting a child with special medical needs doesn’t mean just being a caregiver. The kids are still kids, the siblings are still siblings, the parents are still parents and the families are still families, with all the usual fun, humor, bonding, growth and love. Jahem was adopted two months […]

August 26, 2016

From CASA, to Foster Parent, to Foster Parent Recruiter

By Monica Cannon, Foster Parent Engagement Specialist I was first introduced to the foster care system in 1996 when I served for a brief time as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in Kane County, Illinois. When I heard about CASAs and the work they were doing, I knew I wanted to get involved somehow. […]

August 15, 2016

Radio Interview: Becoming a foster parent

Hear our Foster Parent Engagement Specialist Monica Cannon speak with Richmond radio host Kay Thomas about becoming a foster parent. Even if you’re not able to become a foster parent yourself, you’ll learn how the process works and what it means for the children we serve.

July 28, 2016

With a new family, Jahem goes from ‘patient to little boy’

By Dan Montgomery Lots of kids will start the school year with a new backpack, new shoes and new binders. One Richmond-area 12-year-old will arrive with a new name. Jahem has a new family, after all. As of a July 8, he is Jahem Emmanuel Logan, son of Joe and Celeste and brother of Joseph, […]

July 22, 2016

Treating Trauma: Body, Brain and Behavior

By Bronwyn Robertson, LPC (originally published in Adoption Today, June 2016) Joey is a quiet and shy child. The 5-year-old is prone to daydreaming and seems content to play alone. He rarely gets into trouble, unlike his 11-year-old brother Jonathan who is easily agitated and always seems to be angry. The brothers were removed from their […]

May 2, 2016

Hear personal stories from foster children, their caregivers, and caseworkers

What do you wish you knew about the foster care system? More than 150 children in foster care, foster parents, and foster care workers filled the “I wish my ___ knew…” in a survey sent around the state by Commonwealth Catholic Charities, HopeTree Family Services, and Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. The answers were heartfelt—and […]

October 2, 2015

Part of the Team: The Clanahan Family

Nick grips the bark of a backyard tree and scrambles up to a perch among its broad leaves. It’s a pretty good spot for a photo with his parents. Nick was adopted by Kelly and Mary Clanahan last month, so he is, after all, the newest branch on the family tree. The Clanahans had prior […]

May 13, 2015

The Jordans: Always adapting, now adopting

It should come as no surprise that Miles and Deborah Jordan were ready for a change. The Suffolk couple had taken in 94 foster children in 26 years, after all. So, earlier this year, the Jordans adopted Tamiah, 9, Ronnie, 8, and 5-year-old twins Alijah and Amere. That’s right. The change they wanted wasn’t peace, […]

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