Every Child Deserves a Family

During National Adoption Month this November, The Virginia Department of Social Services celebrates Virginia’s adoptive families by spreading awareness and sharing real-life stories of adoption from foster care. There are currently more than 5,000 children in Virginia’s foster care program and more than 700 children have the goal of adoption and are available for placement in an adoptive home.


Real Stories of Adoption

Family, belonging, acceptance, love -- The Real Stories of Foster & Adoptive Families is a compilation of the compelling anecdotes from foster families across the state of Virginia. These Virginians share the true stories of how families were started, reunited and strengthened through foster care and adoption. If you or someone you know is willing to share an adoption or foster care story, please email Public Affairs.

Picture of a family with the text Celebrate National Adoption Month below it


The purpose of adoption is to place children who have been permanently and legally separated from their birth parents with a new family. In Virginia, over 60% of our foster care youth are adopted by their foster parent.

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Listen to Barry Farmer’s proud story of adopting his three sons from foster care.

Meet Teresa Carpentieri and hear her story of adopting her daughter, Symphony.


Are you interested in expanding your family and making a difference in the life of a child? Are you interested in becoming an adoptive parent but are unsure about the steps you need to take? This pamphlet provides a step-by-step overview of what to expect about adoption through foster care in Virginia.


Meet Judy Bledsoe and her beautiful adoptive family!

Listen to Jackie Clayton and her family’s story of being adopted from foster care.


Do you or someone you know have a story about adoption or foster care that you’d like to share? We’d love to post it! Email your story or contact information to public.affairs@dss.virginia.gov.


Meet Marc and Angela Barber and hear their brave story of how they decided to adopt from foster care.