Adoption
Adoption

Adoption

We believe every foster child deserves to grow up in a permanent, loving family.

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Through our Adoption program, we create and enhance families by bringing foster children together with people who are ready to open their hearts and homes to young people in need.

Filling the Gap

Today in the U.S., there are more than 500,000 children in foster care. About 100,000 of these children are waiting for an adoptive family. In Virginia alone, over 1,000 foster children wait to be adopted. In an effort to improve permanency for Virginia’s waiting children, DePaul’s Adoption program was established. Since 2000, our program has helped to prepare children and their adoptive families by providing the services and support necessary to create forever families.

DePaul offers adoption services at no cost thanks to grant funding that is focused on placing children into adoptive homes and providing support to adoptive families. These grants allow us to provide services through each step of the adoption process—from pre-adoption work to prepare children and families, to recruitment efforts to find appropriate families for waiting children, to post-adoption support to ensure families formed by adoption continue to be successful.

Waiting Children

Currently, in Virginia, there are more than 1,000 children and adolescents in foster care who are waiting to be adopted.
The young people who are available for adoptive placement through DePaul’s Adoption program have diverse backgrounds and experiences, but they share at least one thing in common: they are looking for caring, supportive forever families. Click on the images below to view profiles of children and teens who need a place to belong. Are you ready to open your heart and home to one of these wonderful young people?

For more information, please contact the adoption specialist listed in the child’s profile, or call our main office at 540.265.8923.

  • Antonia Meet Antonia

    Meet Antonia!

    Bubbly and vivacious are the best words to describe friendly Antonia. This 15-year-old girl enjoys spending time with friends. Antonia is very creative, enthusiastic, and affectionate.

    She enjoys writing, cooking, sports, playing with electronics, and making crafts. Antonia is very communicative, easily expressing her feelings with others. She enjoys helping out others in need in whatever way she can. She would like to go to college and be a doctor when she grows up. Antonia needs a family who can provide structure, consistency, and loving guidance so that she can realize her dreams. For more information, please contact: Julie Vance.
  • Ethan Meet Ethan

    Meet Ethan!

    Ethan is a polite, healthy young man, with a slim build. He has blond hair, hazel eyes, and his favorite color is blue. Ethan enjoys spending time at home with family and friends. He desires to have a family where he will either be an only child, or the younger sibling of an older brother. Ethan would thrive in a home in the country so he can spend time outdoors. He would love to be in a family with a dog or two; he enjoys playing with dogs and is helpful with regard to feeding, watering, and walking a dog. Ethan also enjoys teaching dogs to sit or fetch. Ethan loves spending time playing video games, especially on his Nintendo DS, watching cartoons, and anything to do with Pokémon. He has a taste for sweets and his favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. He also likes Mountain Dew and Snickers bars. Ethan loves Whopper burgers from Burger King. Ethan says he does not mind doing a few chores. He says that he believes that “families do things together; that’s how it’s supposed to be.” For more information, please contact: Cindy Davis, Adoption Specialist.

  • Hailey Meet Hailey

    Meet Hailey!

    Hailey is excited to find a family and wants to belong to an adoptive family very much. She is very intelligent, and does well academically when she puts forth effort. Hailey likes school, and enjoys Science and singing in the choir. She is a self–proclaimed "tomboy" and enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities. Hailey is talented in drawing, writing, and a variety of arts and crafts skills. She likes horses, and trips to the beach. Hailey also enjoys listening to music, singing, and "rapping." Hailey is active and wants to remain in sports such as football and cheerleading. She aspires to be a sports coach someday. Hailey wishes for a family to share in her interests, talents, and love. For more information, please contact Amanda Cole with DePaul Community Resources at 276.623.0881.
  • Tristan Meet Tristan

    Meet Tristan!

    This charming young man is Tristan, age 17.  He is looking for a family that can match wits with him! Tristan is very smart and enjoys a challenge. He likes to watch the History Channel and wants to learn more about World Wars. He is a wiz at card tricks and delights in your astonishment! Tristan has aspirations of becoming a lawyer, Navy Seal, police officer, or an Intelligence Agent for the military.

    Tristan is interested in having a pet and likes to help his foster father mow the grass and work outside. Tristan would be very comfortable living on a farm or in a rural setting. Tristan states he would like a two parent home but would be open to a single dad. He would enjoy someone who is active and states that a family with technological savvy is a must! Tristan relishes one-on-one attention and values a strong male role model in his life. Could you keep up with Tristan as he learns about the past and moves toward the future?

    For more information, please contact: Julie Vance, Adoption Specialist.
  • Halynn Meet Halynn

    Meet Halynn!

    Halynn is outgoing, brave, open, and easy to talk with. She enjoys school and does well academically. Halynn enjoys reading books, and hopes to be a Math teacher one day. She has attended church in the past, and enjoyed teaching Bible verses to younger children. She also participates in sports, such as volleyball, cheerleading, softball, skating, bowling, and swimming. Halynn enjoys photography, as well as listening to music. She also likes going shopping, and watching movies and television shows with her family. Halynn has expressed the desire to have siblings so she can have someone to talk with and relate to. More than anything, she wants to belong and be a part of a family. For more information, please contact Amanda Cole with DePaul Community Resources.
  • Jonathan Meet Jonathan

    Meet Jonathan!

    Jonathan is 15-years-old and in the 9th grade. He enjoys all his courses in school and excels academically. He enjoys playing football and basketball. He is very talented and enjoys showing off his talent by spinning the basketball on all of his fingers! When he is done with high school, he hopes to begin a career working with computers. Jonathan is a sweet young man and although he struggles with opening up and allowing others in, he does not seem to push others away. He requires time to build a loving and caring relationship because of his inconsistent past relationships. Jonathan needs a patient, loving, family that will give him the attention he deserves and initiate the relationship. This will allow Jonathan to open up and feel accepted in his own time. He has expressed that he just wants a loving and caring family.
  • Raven Meet Raven

    Meet Raven!

    Book an appointment with the salon because this vibrant teen really enjoys trying out new looks with her nails and hair. She’s got her eye on her future with interests in business, psychology, and cosmetology, so she would enjoy patient parents who can support her goals while providing her with unconditional love, support, and mentorship as she strives towards young adulthood. While Raven values her personal space, she also loves to be included in the family fun! At home, Raven loves cooking, reading, and snuggling with the family dogs. You can also find her rocking out to music, hanging out with friends, and of course, shopping! Raven deserves a family who can be her foundation while she learns to spread her wings and soar. Can you rise to the call for Raven?  
  • Hailey Meet Hailey

    Meet Hailey!

    Hailey is 13 years old. Hailey loves to play soccer, run track, and dance along to latest pop songs. At home, she’s an adventurous eater who will try all kinds of food--and she even learned how to cook. Outside the home, she’s eager to participate in church activities and enjoys being with her friends. Hailey has endured a lot of trauma in her life, and she will do her best with a family who is loving and nurturing. Her future family needs to understand that Hailey is shy about adoption because of a lack of commitment from trusted adults in her life. She will thrive in a home with structure, routine, and clear boundaries. Hailey deserves a family who will accept her for who she is, and who will encourage her with unconditional love and understanding. For more information, please contact: Cindy Davis.  
  • Sadie Meet Sadie

    Meet Sadie!

    Sadie is a sweet sixteen-year-old, loving, caring teenage girl. She is outgoing and easy to talk with. She is talented in artwork, loves music and tacos, and likes to play the guitar. Sadie enjoys time outdoors in nature, and riding horses. She is searching for a family that has open and healthy communication. Sadie loves animals, and states her family must also love animals and allow pets. She would like to stay in Virginia, but is open to other states as long as she is able to visit with her biological family and maintain contact with her best friends. Sadie also prefers an LGBT friendly family, as she has open sexual preferences. Sadie is looking for a forever family to share her adventures, love, and life with.
  • Georgia Meet Georgia

    Meet Georgia!

    Georgia is 15 years old. Georgia would benefit from a family that will encourage her creativity and ensures she stays busy and productive. She would also benefit from a home with structure and clear rules. Georgia also needs a family that will be involved in her education, who will encourage her to be responsible for her homework assignments.  Her forever family will need to assist her with expressing her emotions and demonstrate appropriate social behavior and communication skills. She needs someone who will provide encouragement and promote positive self-esteem. Georgia would like to have siblings in the home and would do well as the oldest child. She loves animals and the outdoors and would like to live in the country and have pet. For more information, please contact: Cindy Davis, Foster/Adoptive Family Recruiter.
  • Haley Meet Haley

    Meet Haley!

    Haley is 14 years old enjoys bike riding, swimming, and listening to country music in her free time. She likes animals especially dogs and horses. Haley is a good student, makes good grades and her favorite subject is math. Currently, Haley is taking Spanish because she feels that will help her in the future. Haley likes the country setting and hopes to find a family that enjoys that as well. Haley has experienced trauma in her life and deserves a family that can accept her for who she is and provide her with support and love. Haley would do well in a single female parent home that can give her the attention see deserves. For more information, please contact: Cindy Davis, Foster/Adoptive Family Recruiter.
  • Jesse Meet Jesse

    Meet Jesse!

    Jesse is 10 years old.  He is a very energetic, interactive child that enjoys horseback riding, fishing, riding bikes, and many other outside adventurous activities. Jesse also loves to build things with Legos, play basketball, and read books. This little boy loves to be a helper and would appreciate the opportunity to help his mom and dad with outdoor activities. Jesse has been around horses and helps to take care of them. He feels connected with farm life and dreams of having a bull and a trailer to haul it in.

    When he grows up, he would like to be a police officer.  Jesse needs a mom and dad that can devote a lot of time to build a relationship with him. He would benefit from a two-parent home without siblings. Structure is important in his life and he does best when daily routines are set and followed. Are you a family that lives in the country, possibly on a farm that has a spot in your family just waiting on an eager young farm enthusiast? If so, Jesse might have found his forever home!

    For more information, please contact: Cindy Davis, Foster/Adoptive Family Recruitment Specialist

  • Jacob Meet Jacob

    Meet Jacob!

    Jacob is a 13-year-old male who is upbeat and optimistic. He has blonde hair and bluish gray eyes. He is kind, caring, and extremely good with animals. Jacob will self-advocate and work to have his needs and wants met. He has good verbal skills and likes to create and tell stories. Jacob is friendly and interested in meeting new people. Jacob is a hard worker and wants to please others.  Jacob wants a family that can support and guide him to be successful in his future endeavors.
  • Jacob Meet Jacob

    Meet Jacob!

    Jacob is an energetic and friendly young man. He is 14 years old and likes to be active. He enjoys lifting weights and is working towards getting stronger and fit. Jacob loves most foods, especially Asian cuisine. He is compassionate and considerate of other people’s feelings. Jacob loves electronics and would like parents that are tech savvy. He especially enjoys playing video games. He advocates for himself and wants a family that will listen and help provide guidance and love. He needs a family that can provide consistency and support to help him be successful in school and life.
  • Steven Meet Steven

    Meet Steven!

    Steven is an energetic 17-year-old boy. He is very friendly and he communicates his thoughts and feelings in a clear manner. Steven has expressed interest in joining the military after he graduates from high school. He likes to dress in camouflage and military-style clothing. He is working hard in school and hopes that he can attend public school before he graduates. Steven is looking for a family to love him and adopt him. He would like a family who can support and care him as he transitions to adulthood.
  • Deandre Meet Deandre

    Meet Deandre!

    Deandre is a 13-year-old bi-racial male. He is active and strong for his size. Deandre loves to play outside and go on outings in the community. Deandre is friendly and interested in meeting new people and learning more about others. He has an engaging personality and tries to engage with others. Deandre wants to be a hard worker and please others.
  • Mariana Meet Mariana

    Meet Mariana!

    She is a spunky 12-year-old who loves to sing and will give you a concert any minute of the day. Mariana loves to play with her dolls and read up on the latest fashion trends and pop culture. Mariana loves animals and would like to be in a home with pets. She is a great self-advocate and articulates her needs. Mariana loves to travel and do new things. She is shy when meeting new people but once she feels comfortable she is very outgoing. Mariana would be best matched with a family who is loving and nurturing. She needs a family that is consistent and structured but remains flexible to accommodate her needs as she heals. She gets along well with children who are older or younger than her and enjoys helping out with tasks. Are you that forever family for Mariana?

The Children We Serve

The young people served by our Adoption program are usually of 10 years of age or older, may face physical, mental, or emotional challenges, may be members of sibling groups of two or more, and are diverse in race and ethnicity.