ADOPT is committed to promoting and assuring that children in Virginia have the right to permanent homes through advocacy, education, legislative activities, and the examination of organizational practices.
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ADOPT was born in February of 1972 as a result of the efforts of a relatively small group of child placement workers representing inter-agency adoption committees in several areas of the state and state Department of Welfare adoption staff and specialists. The group's goal was to coordinate efforts to broaden adoption opportunities for Virginia's "waiting" children.
This committee will educate members on current state legislation and serve as a resource for other committees considering or recommending changes to the state statutes.
This committee will identify problem areas in foster care and adoption policy and recommend appropriate changes and will focus on areas not covered by other committees.
This committee's purpose is to explore, review and promote services to children, families and birth families after adoptive placement.
This committee will be in charge of programs for at least two ADOPT meetings per year related to practice/values of workers in the field of adoption. They will recommend needed areas of training to the State Department of Social Services. They will coordinate any state-wide training ADOPT chooses to sponsor.
This committee recruits new members and promotes ADOPT. Established to recognize Adoption workers and agencies in the field of adoption and maintains listserv and website-www.adopt-va.org
This committee strives to work collaboratively to brainstorm ways in which agencies can recruit and retain resource families for Virginia's population of foster children in need of permanency and normalcy.
These meetings are held the first Wednesday of the following months: March, June, September, and December. The locations rotate between the Richmond and Charlottesville areas. Meetings include professional development training, family and child matching session, and networking opportunities. Membership dues are $15 for new members and $10 for returning members. Annual dues are collected at the September quarterly meeting each year. Dues are collected at other quarterly meetings if a member is unable to attend the September ADOPT Meeting.