Kinship care is a way for Virginia’s children to stay connected to family when they are unable to live with their parents. When children enter foster care, relatives often can become a kinship foster parent. Kinship care can reduce trauma, promote stability, and maintain family and cultural connections.
In Virginia’s Kin-First culture, foster parents play a critical role in allowing children who enter foster care to maintain connections with their families. Children in foster care need a sense of belonging and keeping them connected with their communities and families preserves vital relationships intended to last a lifetime.
Foster parents keep children connected to their families as parents follow steps to achieve reunification. Join the Faster Families Highway to start your foster parent journey and get connected with your local department of social services. Once you create an account on the Highway, you'll be taken through a 6-step process to determine your readiness to become a foster parent.