Thank you Virginia Foster Families!

"FOSTER-FRIENDLY"

BUSINESS INITIATIVE

Empowering the community to be the solution for children, families and workers in Virginia's child welfare system

As part of a collaborative partnership, we are pleased to offer current foster families special benefits at foster-friendly businesses across Virginia. 


Foster parents are helpers, healers, and heroes in ending the foster care crisis in Virginia. It is a rewarding and challenging role.

 

50% of foster families quit within the first year, often due to a lack of social support. This program is designed to support and encourage them. 

WHY SUPPORT FOSTER FAMILIES?

VIRGINIA IS IN A FOSTER CARE CRISIS

  • 500 KIDS EXIT FOSTER CARE EACH YEAR WITHOUT FAMILY

  • 89% BECOME ADDICTED, HOMELESS, INCARCERATED, OR PREGNANT WITHIN 2 YEARS

  • EACH TEEN WHO "AGES OUT" WITHOUT A FAMILY COSTS TAXPAYERS $300,000 OVER EACH KID'S LIFETIME

  • THERE IS A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM AND LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY

  • THE RESULTS ARE BLEAK AND THE NEGATIVE IMPACT STRETCHES ACROSS ALL OF VIRGINIA

THIS CRISIS IS SOLVABLE,

BUT WE HAVE TO ACT NOW

  • A 2018 VA GOVERNMENT AUDIT REVEALED SERIOUS ISSUES IN VIRGINIA'S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND CALLED FOR  IMMEDIATE CORRECTIVE ACTION.​

  • IN 2020, FEDERAL LEGISLATION MOVES FUNDING 

    FROM GROUP HOMES TO FOSTER HOMES, MEANING A DIRE NEED FOR MORE FOSTER FAMILIES NOW.​

  • WE HAVE WILLING PARTNERS IN EACH SPHERE - GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, FAITH, & CREATIVE - WHO ARE READY AND EAGER TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS NOW.

CURRENT FOSTER FRIENDLY BUSINESSES

ARE YOU A BUSINESS OWNER?

JOIN THE STORY

Support your community, your employees, and Virginia's most vulnerable children.

WANT TO NOMINATE A BUSINESS?

get your most-loved groups involved!

ARE YOU CURRENTLY FOSTERING?

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

  • IMPACT YOUR EMPLOYEES

    Update your company's HR package to include foster-friendly policies that  encourage fostering  and adopting.

  • IMPACT THE COMMUNITY

    Be a Foster-Friendly Business by offering rewards and discounts to children and families in foster care. 

  • IMPACT THE FUTURE

    Tailor your employee hiring opportunities towards teens/young people who have aged out of foster care.

  • IMPACT  YOUR  PEERS

    Give other socially-conscious business leaders the opportunity to help end one of Virginia's worst social crises by spreading the word about this mission.

  • IMPACT THE CHILDREN

    Help us help kids. Become a financial support to Virginia's Kids Belong, the nonprofit partner of this initiative.

  • IMPACT your way

    We have had many unique offers, such as a financial institution offering to teach free financial literacy classes to birth families. Have a unique idea for impact? Contact us!

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