Adoptions Together builds healthy, lifelong family connections for every child and advocates for continuous improvement of systems that promote the well being of children.Since September 18, 1990, Adoptions Together has worked toward a vision of the future where every child has lifelong connections to a caring, nurturing family. We establish connections between children and families through the highest quality placement services; therapeutic support and education for children and their families in the areas of adoption, kinship care, guardianship and family reunification; and advocacy for best practices in child welfare systems.
In 2016, our direct services were able to help facilitate 45 adoption placements of youth and recruit for many others; completed 134 home studies (preparation documents required for a family to adopt a child by law) for families preparing for adoption and 264 post-placement assessments (six months of ongoing supervision for families who have recently adopted) for families with adopted children in their homes; provide counseling (and often, referrals to housing support, food pantries and domestic violence support) to 158 women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy; impact more than 1,500 families, individuals and professionals through education and training services; and reach more than 70 regularly-returning clients through counseling and support services.
In late 2016, our therapeutic support services and educational programming were combined under the name FamilyWorks Together in order to ensure our services were accessible to families impacted by the child welfare system. Our deepest commitment is promoting permanent families for, and advocating for children in public foster care systems.
Each year, 20,000 youth across the nation will
leave foster care without the support of a permanent family. At 21.2%, Virginia
has the highest rate of foster youth who leave foster care without a family of
their own (http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/healthfamily/fosterCare.php).
Data shows that young people who leave foster care without permanent
connections to stable adults are at risk for a number of negative outcomes
including lower lifetime income, lower overall health and increased involvement
with the criminal justice system. Of the 5,000 youth in Virginia’s foster care
system, there are over 700 children with a plan of adoption who are waiting to
be connected to an adoptive family (https://www.dss.virginia.gov/adoption/index2.cgi).Adoptions Together is
dedicated to children throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC in foster
care, finding their forever families. One of the key ways we can help to
achieve this goal is through an outcome focused project called the Coalition for
Virginia's Children.The Coalition for Virginia Kids is a highly impactful project that will be dedicated to sending Virginia's most vulnerable children home from foster care. Through mixed media approaches, this project will be a recruitment tool for adoptable children. Utilizing high quality photos, engaging biographies and video, we will inspire Virginia families to consider adoption and educate them on the process. Your support will allow us to install interactive digital displays in high traffic locations (to engage viewers on waiting children and the adoption process); to film 25 children who are languishing in foster care; to create a dedicated website with resources; and to create advertising online, in print and over other media outlets.This project needs $100,000 to achieve our goals. Please donate and help us get there!
Since 1990 Adoptions Together has improved the lives of children, families and professionals to ensure all children in our community have safe and secure families. We accomplish this by:
Adoptions Together has offices and key projects in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Projects in each area are designed to reflect each community served with the highest outcomes possible and often focus on the underserved community including children of color, children with medical challenges and families of low socioeconomic status.
After twenty-six years, I am proud to say that Adoptions Together is continuing to grow and change in response to the needs of our community. Our vision for the future is that every child will have a lifelong connection to a caring, nurturing family. For twenty-six years, we have connected children in need of family with loving forever families. We’ve developed partnerships with public and private agencies to strengthen and support birth, kinship, foster and adoptive families. Today, we are proud to expand our counseling and education services under the name FamilyWorks Together, as we grow to serve all families in our community who could use support and guidance. Our placement and homestudy services will remain the Adoptions Together you know and love.You know the dedication and care we put into serving families as they grow and change. I would like to ask you to help make it possible for us to continue connecting children with their forever families by making a tax-deductible contribution to the work of Adoptions Together. Please consider making an additional gift in support of our critically needed services.After twenty-six years, thousands of children, tens of thousands of families and countless inspirational memories later, we still have so much work to do to achieve our simple goal. There remain over 6,000 children in foster care in our region who lack the support of a forever family; women experiencing unplanned pregnancy continue to reach out to us every day in need of support; and there is a great need in the community for education on a wide range of topics.From the beginning, we’ve known that the strength of a family depends upon the strength of the relationships between its members. We can do more to strengthen and support every child and every family, but only with your support. You have a critical role to play in building a stronger, healthier community. Help us start 2017 off with a bang by making a tax-deductible contribution in support of our work, and know that your support is crucial to the strength and success of our programs.
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