The following webinars are available for viewing, and you may find more webinars on the NewFound Families YouTube page.
VDSS is launching a design for improving communications with adoptive and foster parents. After you have viewed the webinar, please take time to give the Department feedback by clicking on this link.
Guardian ad Litems are the court appointed legal advocates for children in Virginia. It is essential that foster parents, adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers understand the role and responsibilities of GALs and know how to work with their child's GAL.
Em Parente, Foster Care Program Manager, will take us through the policy and practices of the Fostering Futures program. The webinar will explain not only process but eligibility in foster care and adoption.
Grandparents and other relatives who are considering caring for relative children who are in the custody of public child welfare agencies need to consider a number of factors before making the decision. What level of support is the agency offering in term of monthly cash benefits, medical coverage, and other special services? Does the support vary if you choose to be a foster parent, legal guardian, or adoptive parent? What are the agency requirements for each of these categories? These and other question will be addressed in the webinar.
The presenters will be Josh Kroll, Project Coordinator, Adoption Subsidy Resource Center at the North American Council on Adoptable Children, and Joe Kroll, Executive Director for the North American Council on Adoptable Children.
VEMAT has become a part of the child welfare vocabulary. It is a result of the federal government requiring Virginia to have a statewide methodology for determine additional care rates in foster and adoptive homes.
Learn about the VEMAT and the most recent changes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of state staff and one of the FACES' members who served on the VEMAT committee.
Presenter Vernon Simmons is the Foster Care Services Supervisor with the Division of Family Services Permanency Unit at VDSS.