Children's Home Society of Virginia
4200 Fitzhugh Avenue
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement

The Children’s Home Society mission is to build strong permanent families and lifelong relationships for Virginia's at risk children and youth. Our vision is that every child be part of a thriving family.

CEO/Executive Director Nadine Marsh-Carter
Board Chair Ms. Kathryn S. Wall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mary Washington Healthcare
Contact Information
Address 4200 Fitzhugh Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 353-0191
Fax 804 353-7451
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1900
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,553,033.00
Projected Expenses $1,577,133.00
Additional Documents
Annual Report2016View
Impact Report2015View

The Children’s Home Society mission is to build strong permanent families and lifelong relationships for Virginia's at risk children and youth. Our vision is that every child be part of a thriving family.


Top Accomplishments in FY 2016:

—   Launched phase one of The Possibilities Project, an innovative and collaborative program which provides housing and a myriad of critical supports to youth who have "aged out" of foster care at age 18 in partnership with the Better Housing Coalition.

—   Implementation of the research from Child Trends, a nationally recognized firm surveying the programs and policies across the country addressing the plight of youth who age out of foster care. Using this data from the survey to identify best practices with the most potential impact to improve the lives of Virginia’s at-risk youth.

—   Social workers trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), a best practice approach used when working with children who have experienced trauma have been providing workshops to parents, teachers, and professionals

—   Beginning new collaborative partnerships with organizations to strategically strengthen our service capacity to CHS clients.

—   Serving more than 183 children and families through our adoption, counseling and training programs.


Top Goals for FY16:


  • To become even more customer focused and results driven by strengthening current programs and collecting and analyzing performance data on our programs and making changes as needed to enhance our impact.
  • To become even more fiscally sound and financially well managed by implementing our fund development plan for the year and maximizing the collection of pledges and program service fees.
  • To become more effectively led, managed, staffed and supported by increasing activities that deepen Board engagement and strengthen our human resource systems.
  • To become viewed as experts in our field by effectively implementing our Marketing Plan and educating others on the needs of those we serve.



Top 5 Most Pressing Needs:

  1. Identification of families willing to adopt children who have experienced trauma, have emotional challenges, and need a loving, supportive home.
  2. Adequate resources to help adoptive parents during the post adoption process and to offset the cost to recruit, train and provide support to families who are adopting children out of foster care.
  3. Adequate resources to support the implementation and growth of The Possibilities Project. 
  4. More staff time that could be devoted to outreach, marketing and promoting awareness of the needs of at risk children and the services we provide.
  5. Updated kitchen facility for staff and fundraising events, kitchen upgrade would also serve as a teaching lab for The Possibilities Project participants. 

Children's Home Society of Virginia (CHS) began serving children who needed homes when the Virginia General Assembly chartered the organization in 1900.

The founders were distressed over the fact that children were being abandoned and were appalled at the conditions and care offered in orphanages. From the alleys of Richmond to country roads in Suffolk and trails in Appalachia, they discovered thousands of children in need of clothing, food, safe shelter, and certainly more secure futures. Mr. Williams J. Maybee, the first Executive Director of CHS , believed that “civilization would quite correctly be measured by their treatment of childhood."

During the course of the next 116 years, CHS services have evolved to meet the changing needs of our constituents while always remaining true to our commitment to every child having a safe, loving, permanent family. The agency has enjoyed many successes, including national recognition from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

 Whether placing an infant who has been born with a significant disability or an older child who has been languishing in the public foster care system for several years, CHS  recognizes how all children deserve the benefits that a permanent family provides.

CEO Statement

During our more than 116 years of serving Virginia’s children in need of a permanent home, CHS has placed more than 13,000 children. CHS is known for being able to find loving adoptive families for children who are considered “difficult to place” because of their experiences and/or medical backgrounds. We never give up on a child.

Our services are distinctive because of the agency’s proven ability to find the right family for every child. CHS has been a statewide leader in finding permanent, adoptive homes for children out of the public foster care system. 

CHS has extensive experience in the work of family recruitment and matching. Whether it’s an infant who is born addicted to drugs or a pre-teen who has been languishing for years in the public foster care system, our agency’s number one priority has remained finding the right permanent family for each and every child.

Our guiding principles reflect our belief in the importance of permanency, because we know that having the lifelong support of an adult empowers children and youth to thrive.  We believe that children and youth are entitled to be in lifelong safe, stable and genuine relationships. 

We work to ensure that the outcomes of our programs are optimized by using evidenced-based, culturally sensitive, empowering and collaborative approaches through all of our services.  

We also work to ensure that our organization is filling gaps in community services for former foster children that are critical to ensuring these youth have the relational supports needed in order to thrive. Therefore, we recently launched The Possibilities Project (TPP), an innovative program that equips former foster children with the tools they need to become productive citizens, break the cycles of poverty and ultimately thrive. TPP is a collaborative endeavor between CHS and the Better Housing Coalition (BHC) that provides  youth the stable housing and the social supports they need to succeed as adults. This includes helping them access housing, education, vocational training, job placement, counseling, life skills, positive lifelong adult connections and community service activities. TPP uses best practice methods proven to transform the lives of at-risk youth. Our goal is to produce a model for serving "aging out" youth that will be replicated throughout the Commonwealth and move us from last place in the nation.

CHS staff is committed to providing compassionate and professional service for every program.  We provide families critical services, as well as our work to implement the agency’s plan for strategic transformation, will ensure that CHS will continue to meet the evolving needs of our community.

Board Chair Statement

It is my honor to serve as the Children’s Home Society (CHS) Chair of the Board of Directors. CHS was founded in 1900 to find permanent families for homeless orphans, and today, 116 years later we are still working with a new generation of children with no place to call home. Many of the children are medically fragile, have been exposed to poor care or drugs and alcohol in utero, or were languishing in foster care after having been abused or neglected by their biological families. CHS is committed to create families for all children, irrespective of their difficult starts. As the face of adoption and family dynamics have changed, so too have the governing needs of CHS.

Children’s Home Society believes in Permanence, which is when a child is unconditionally anchored and supported by a lifelong, safe, stable, and genuine relationship honoring the child’s traditions, heritage, and connections. CHS believes that all children and youth are entitled to lifelong relationships, and permanency needs to be approached with a sense of urgency at first contact. Children and youth are resilient and it is important to prioritize their strengths, and that outcomes are optimized when services are evidence based, culturally sensitive, empowering, and collaborative.

We do this through our strategic initiative, which is designed to remain responsive to community need and supportive of our agency’s mission, and is structured to support four high level goals. 1) Customer focused and results-driven; 2) Fiscally sound and financially well managed; 3) Effectively led, managed, staffed and supported; and 4) Viewed as experts in our field.

The CHS Board is passionately committed to promoting our mission of service to some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children and youth. We are united in our belief that when children and youth have safe, supportive permanent relationships in their lives that they are empowered to thrive. We know that statistically speaking, children who grow up in unstable circumstances – including foster care- they are more likely to become homeless, end up in jail, fail to graduate from school, and a myriad of other negative outcomes. But the success stories of the children and youth served by CHS make us all want to continue to spread the word that children and youth are entitled to healthy lifelong relationships. Therefore, our team of committed board members and dedicated professional staff work diligently every day to ensure that at-risk children and youth are connected to strong permanent families and healthy lifelong relationships. It is a privilege to be part of such a noble mission!




Kathryn S. Wall

2016-17 Board of Directors Chair

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
We serve the diverse areas and populations surrounding Richmond and Fredericksburg.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kathryn S. Wall
Company Affiliation Mary Washington Healthcare
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Melvin Tull III
Company Affiliation Virginia Bankers Association
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Amanda Barden Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sherry A. Boyce Community Volunteer
Mrs. Lyons Hardy Burke Community Volunteer
Ms. Bernadett Carter Head of Upper School and Head of Faculty
Mrs. Allyson Evenson Owens & Minor
Ms. Darla Hedlund Fundraising Event Coordinator, Young Life Culpeper
Ms. Sandra Henderson Licensed Clinical Child Psychologist, Tuckahoe Child Psychology, PLLC
Mrs. Sally Irizarry Hirsch Owner, W. Hirsch Oriental Rugs
Mr. Edward B. Lumpkin Christian & Barton, L.L.P.
Ms. Monica Manns C&M Education Group
Mrs. Natalie Newfield Retired Director, Planning and Analysis
Mrs. DeAnn I. Pangburn Senior Vice President, Xenith Bank
Mrs. Jeanne Sobol Community Voluteer
Mr. Melvin E. Tull IIIVirginia Bankers Association
Ms. Kathryn S. Wall Mary Washington Health Care
Mr. Michael Weber Client Executive, RCM&D
Mr. Carlon Zanders President, Zan's Refuse Services, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 13
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 88
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Human Resources / Personnel
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.

The CHS board is comprised of a cross-section of community professionals and leaders from across the region. They each share the agency's commitment to children and youth in crisis. Each board member is expected to contribute from his or her time expertise and financial resources to further the agency’s mission. Board members help develop policies and procedures, assist with fundraising efforts and support the staff’s efforts to find permanent homes for all children and offer related counseling to birth and adoptive families.

 In the coming years, the goal of CHS is to maintain an effective and diverse board of directors that is committed to providing leadership, direction and support to the organization and has the skill base, interest, financial commitment and time to continue our strategic momentum.

The CHS board of directors is a vital part of our agency and helps to ensure we meet and even surpass our goals. Board members have the opportunity to make a real impact on the lives of children and families in need of help. They participate in accomplishments that an individual could not achieve, but as part of this group, can achieve.


Executive Director
Executive Director Nadine Marsh-Carter

Nadine enjoys many strong connections to CHS because she is a CHS adoptive parent, former member of the CHS Board of Directors, and attorney who provided legal counsel to families adopting through the agency. Prior to joining the CHS staff, she served as the Executive Director of Volunteer Families (VF). Before working at VF, she practiced law at Hill, Tucker & Marsh Law Firm.

Nadine serves as a Director on the Virginia Premier Health Plan Board and on the Church Hill Activities and Tutoring Board. She was recently appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the Family and Children’s Trust Fund Board of Trustees. In addition, she was appointed as a Hull Fellow in Philanthropy by the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Nadine is a member of the Virginia State Bar and Cedar Street Baptist Church. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including the National Network for Youth Policy Council, the Mid Atlantic Network for Youth (MANY), the Old Dominion Bar Association, and Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

She has also served on the alumni associations for both the University of Richmond and the T.C. Williams School of Law and on the President’s Council of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Nadine has been a presenter at the National Network for Youth Symposium in Washington D.C., the Business Women’s Network Leadership Summit, the National Host Homes Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.

Senior Staff
Laura Ash-Brackley Chief Program Officer, Director of Social Services
Dale Johnson-Raney Chief Operating Officer
Bruin Richardson Chief Advancement Officer
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 20
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 83
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2014
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
CHS collaborates with numerous local Departments of Social Services to find adoptive homes for older children in the foster care system. CHS collaborates with numerous hospitals and other social service agencies to provide pregnancy counseling, interim infant care, and adoption services to birth parents. Children's Home Society of Virginia is currently collaborating with the Better Housing Coalition on The Possibilities Project.
Children and Youth Achievement AwardNational Association of Counties2000
Adoption Excellence AwardU.S. Department of Health and Human Services2003

Since 1988 CHS has been helping Virginia’s children in foster care be placed with safe, loving and permanent adoptive families through our Foster Care Adoptions Program.  Nationally recognized, this program provides an array of services that get children and youth out of the public foster care system and into adoptive families who have been prepared to meet each individual child’s needs.  We offer a full spectrum of trauma-informed adoption services, including family recruitment, home study, supervision, approval, counseling and post adoption supports.


Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $575,464.00
Short Term Success

Foster children available for adoption are identified, their specific needs are assessed so that the best adoptive placement can be made, and they are counseled and prepared to be adopted. Prospective adoptive parents are recruited. Adoptive families are educated about the trauma related needs of children out of foster care and about the impact adoption has on the lives of families and children. Adoptive parents are trained to meet the needs of children with trauma histories. Adoptive parents are home studied and complete the adoption process.

Long Term Success
CHS finds adoptive families for older children in foster care. The children are in care through no fault of their own, the victims of abuse and neglect. CHS trains families to help the children overcome their trauma, so they can heal from their past hurts and grow into productive citizens.  CHS creates healthy families and believes that healthy families are the cornerstone of healthy communities. Since 1900 we have placed more than 13,000 children into adoptive homes. We believe that every child should have a home and we work with urgency to find a family for every child who comes into our care!

The children served through this program are“difficult to place” because they are older, part of a sibling group, and have special needs. CHS works diligently to find the right adoptive families,because if not adopted, the children's outcomes are dire. Within two years of release from care, one in four is in jail, one in five is homeless and fewer than one in six finish high school.



CHS offers a comprehensive program of adoption services, including home studies, family training, counseling and post placement supervision.  We place healthy infants and babies born medically fragile or with special needs into adoptive homes. CHS also provides referrals and support to birth parents facing a crisis parenting.  We provide free counseling to help birth parents weigh all their options regarding parenting and to identify the best long term plan for their baby.  CHS also offers Temporary Infant Care. Birth parents in crisis who are unable to meet the immediate caregiving needs for their infants may temporarily place their babies into CHS custody.  Babies are provided safe, nurturing care by CHS foster parents. CHS’s Post Adoption provides counseling, information, referrals, advocacy and other supports to families whenever adoption related challenges arise.  We also help adoptees through counseling and search/reunion endeavors to discover information about their heritage. 

Population Served Families
Budget $309,902.00
Short Term Success
 Adoptive parents acquire the skills and information they need to adopt.
Birth parents acquire knowledge about the responsibilities of parenting and better understand their options regarding parenting or placing a child for adoption. They receive information and understanding of community resources available to address their needs and the needs of their unborn child. Birth parents receive support and information that allows them to acquire a sense of hope, learning ways to improve their coping skills.
Birth parents engage in healthier lifestyles, access health and/or prenatal care, employment, housing, educational and/or drug treatment services as needed. Birth parents utilize strategies to improve their behavior, coping and parenting skills.
Infants are cared for in safe, nurturing homes. 
Long Term Success
 Infants are placed into safe, loving adoptive families who have been counseled, trained and approved to adopt.

Birth parents acquire the capacity to make healthy long-term decisions for their future and determine the plan that would be in the best interest of their child.

Adoptive families who encounter any challenges are provided the counseling and supports needed to address those challenges and to thrive as a family unit.

The Possibilities Project (TPP)

TPP is an innovative new  program that will equip youth with the tools they need to become productive citizens, break the cycles of poverty and ultimately thrive. This collaborative endeavor provides former foster youth the stable housing and the social supports they need to succeed as adults. This includes helping them access housing, education, vocational training, job placement, counseling, a variety of critical life skills and more than one positive lifelong adult connection. The youth participants also have community service activities and/or public policy advocacy to create systemic improvements for other foster youth. TPP uses best practice methods proven to transform the lives of at-risk youth.


Population Served Adults
Short Term Success

Youth participants achieve independence by acquiring the skills and capacity needed to live on their own and make healthy life choices. This includes the program participants living in safe housing, being employed in positions that allow them to earn a livable wage, demonstrating an ability to save money, acquire their own transportation, and maintaining healthy, supportive adult relationships.

Long Term Success

Produce a model for serving aging out youth that will be replicated throughout the Commonwealth and ultimately the nation that moves Virginia from last place in the nation at its response to this vulnerable population. Influencing state policies related to foster youth that improve the outcomes of youth aging out of foster care.

Providing Services for Positive Growth and Development
Our Kid's Club program is a day respite service offered to adoptive families, children and teens. Hosted trips allow adopted youth to expereince a sense of community and belonging with other adopted children. This also allows parents to have a safe place for their children and teens to interact and be understood by trained social workers.
Family Support Services provide resources and referrals on adoption. Educational opportunities for understanding trauma, attachment and the adoption process. Advocacy on behalf of adoptive families.
Parent Coaching on an idividualized basis to process and plan for dealing with the specialized needs of their child or children. Our post adoption social workers are Licensed Clinical Social Workers  with specialized education in trauma and attachment and training in responses for children from hard places.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Creating adoptive communities of support.
Long Term Success
Our Post Adoption Program is dedicated to serving the needs of adoptive families beginning when they are matched  with a child and contain throughout the lifetime of the adoption.  The goal is to create and maintain thriving stable families. 
CEO/ED/Board Comments

For more than 115 years, our programming has met the needs of families and children throughout Virginia as we strive to find a home for every child in need. As the needs of our clients change, so too will our programming. We strive to continue to develop, fund and maintain expanded agency programming that serves the unmet needs of Virginia’s children for safe, secure and loving permanent families. Programming expansion includes, but is not limited to: The Possibilities Project – an innovative program that, in collaboration with the Better Housing Coalition will provide youth who age out of foster care with housing and a full array of wrap-around support services; and Project REST – a collaborative endeavor in which we offer adoptive families critical day-respite services.

We will also continue to aggressively and successfully recruit adoptive families for youth identified as greatest risk (children of color, boys and all youth ages 13+).  And we will increase services that support permanency such as parent training, a variety of support groups and the provision of trauma informed post-adoption counseling.


Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,553,033.00
Projected Expenses $1,577,133.00
Endowment Value $2,672,264.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$345,021$489,397$618,315
Investment Income, Net of Losses($68,522)($56,558)$64,335
Membership Dues------
Special Events$15,062$21,262$10,152
Revenue In-Kind--$29,917--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,076,105$945,336$843,269
Administration Expense$96,745$78,682$119,898
Fundraising Expense$178,710$168,912$114,243
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.850.991.49
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%79%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%20%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,543,126$2,732,902$2,735,993
Current Assets$839,877$962,390$901,745
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$93,613$75,200$64,030
Total Net Assets$2,449,513$2,657,702$2,671,963
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.9712.8014.08
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Organization Comments

The number of clients we are able to serve is primarily limited by the funding we have available to underwrite the expenses of our work to ensure at-risk children become part of a strong, permanent family.  We therefore work diligently to develop and implement a multi-faceted fund raising strategy that is sustainable and provides adequate funding for ongoing programs and services as well as to prepare for future needs.



Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and Form 990 prepared by Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves.