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Have you ever adopted a child?


Please participate in an important Virginia Department of Social Services study!

Your input will help inform the continuum of services and supports available to adoptive families in Virginia.

Please see our FAQ below for eligibility requirements.

Click here to complete our online survey by October 19th, 2018

Join a focus group – Click here to sign up by September 21st, 2018

There are two time slots for each region:

10am-12pm OR 7-9pm. Please sign up for only one.

Look here to select your region (that is, where you live and/or receive the most services).

Central Region:  9/24/2018

Eastern Region: 9/25/2018

Northern Region: 9/26/2018

Piedmont Region: 9/27/2018

Western Region:   10/1/2018

For more information visit ourChild Trends VDSS web page or contact Berenice Rushovich (

at 240-223-9269.



Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate?

If you have ever adopted a child who is currently age 18 or younger, and you live in Virginia, we want your input. It is critical for us to hear about problems and challenges as well as success stories. So, please consider participating if you have struggled with your adoption, even if you have a child who is no longer living with you.

What is the purpose of this consultation?

This consultation seeks to take an in-depth look at current post-adoption needs and resources in Virginia and use the understandings gained to inform the creation of a continuum of adoption support and preservation services that includes preventive and early-intervention services as well as clinical interventions for very challenging situations.

Why is this consultation important?

Ultimately, the goal is to effectively support the permanency, stability and well-being of adoptive families by ensuring equal access to a more standardized, evidence-based/informed continuum of services and supports to address challenges, regardless of where the family lives in the Commonwealth.  

What will participation involve?

We both need and welcome the involvement of those most knowledgeable about adoption   

support and preservation in Virginia. During information gathering, opportunities for  

involvement will include:

  • ·Interviews and focus groups in every region with adoptive families
  • ·Online survey of adoptive families

Who is providing this consultation?

Child Trends, a trusted leader in research about children, youth, and families, is the lead organization providing this consultation. Child Trends researchers are partnering with Dr. Anne Atkinson and Ms. Hayley Mathews, both of whom bring Virginia-specific expertise to the project.

NewFound Families

Adoption, Foster, and Kinship Association
PO Box 85
Ashland, VA 23005
Email for information