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 Chris Conner, Adoption Specialist.
  • 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 Cindy Davis at 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. For more information, please contact Chris Conner, Adoption Specialist.
  • 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.  
  • 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.   For more information, please contact Chris Conner, Adoption Specialist.
  • 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.   For more information, please contact Chris Conner, Adoption Specialist.
  • Elijah Meet Elijah
    Elijah is an active young boy that likes to explore the world. He enjoys playing outside, creating masterpieces with Legos, drawing and singing. Elijah has expressed a desire to be on television in a singing competition to show the world his talent! He also loves to share with everyone what a great swimmer he is and enjoys any chance that he can show that skill off! Elijah is working on broadening his interests. He is currently learning how to fish at a nearby pond and working with horses. Elijah would like a forever family to encourage him through his difficult school subjects and celebrate with him in his successes. He enjoys the company of others and is often very talkative, sharing what he likes, his aspirations, and things he would like to try. He likes to play card games and is eager to teach others some of his favorite games. Elijah is excited about finding his forever family!
  • Katlin Meet Katlin
    Hi, my name’s Katlin! I’m funny, honest, helpful, and I care about others. My favorite things to do when I am outside are riding my bike and roller skating. I also like to play kickball, baseball, and basketball. I’m taking horseback riding lessons and really enjoy it! My favorite thing about that is getting to take care of the horses. I am also taking gymnastics and I love learning new skills. My favorite indoor activities are cooking, watching movies about horses, and doing crafts. Sometimes I watch football and basketball on TV. My favorite team to root for is the Miami Dolphins. My favorite books are those about horses. If I could go anywhere I would choose to visit Disney World. I also like to go to the beach. My dream day would be to go a Karate Studio. I would like a family who will take care of me, take me places, and help me with things. I want to continue to work on being able to calm myself down and control my anger. When I grow up I would like to be a teacher.  
  • Zachary Meet Zachary
    Zachary is an active boy that likes to explore the outdoors. He enjoys fishing, playing sports, and doing tricks on his stunt bike. He enjoys the opportunity to show off his skills! He has expressed an interest in one day becoming a professional dirt bike racer. Zachary would like to be in a rural/country setting where he can be outside to enjoy all the season of the year. Zachary likes some down time with TV.  Some of his favorite shows are WWE and Monster Trucks. Zachary would like a forever family to encourage him through his difficult school subjects and celebrate in his successes. He likes to listen to music especially country stations. Zachary is excited about finding his forever family.
  • Trenton and Thomas Meet Trenton and Thomas
    Trenton and Thomas are very close though they still have a healthy sibling rivalry at times. They are well-mannered, lovable, and affectionate children who love to be praised. Trenton is intelligent and makes good grades in school. Trenton has a lot of energy and is very active and enjoys riding his bike and being on the lake. He likes playing video games and playing with his brother. Trenton has a remarkably giving personality and is willing to do anything for a stranger that is in need. Thomas likes to be social and likes to help with taking in the groceries and helping out adults in any way that he can. He is very active and likes to stay busy. Thomas likes to play basketball, fish, hunt, and do anything else that will keep him outside longer. Thomas is very friendly to anyone he meets. Trenton and Thomas would do best with a family that is willing to give them unconditional love and support. Trenton and Thomas will thrive in a home with structure and a stable environment.

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.

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