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


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.

Crisis Support

Adoptive families in crisis can call our 24-hour on-call emergency line at: 276-623-0881  ext. 1519.

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.

  • Jacob Meet Jacob

    Meet Jacob!

    Jacob is an energetic and friendly young man. He is 16 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.
  • Leanna Meet Leanna

    Meet Leanna!

    Leanna is a 14-year-old young woman who desires to be connected and experience the world around her. She thoroughly enjoys going out to restaurants. Leanna is creative with a good sense of humor and uses music as an outlet. She is also quite the UNO player. She has not had the easiest of experiences in life which have shaped her perception of the world. Trust comes slowly for Leanna but she does desire to connect and be shown love and compassion. Consistency from a caregiver is key, as she has had to deal with many broken promises.  Leanna would do best in a home with no siblings and caregivers who can give her regular one-on-one attention.
  • Anthony Meet Anthony

    Meet Anthony!

    Anthony is a 14-year-old young man who enjoys being active in sports and weight lifting. Basketball is his favorite sport to play. He is a bright young man who is quiet and well-mannered.  Like many teenagers, Anthony likes to keep up with current trends in music, clothes, and shoes. Anthony has had a tough time with adults in his life letting him down. Despite this, Anthony generally presents with a positive demeanor and is hopeful about his future. He requires a consistent and compassionate caregiver who can help him walk through tough situations. Homes with older or no siblings would be ideal, however, younger siblings is not a disqualifier.
  • Alana Meet Alana

    Meet Alana!

    Alana is a 13-year-old who is always on the go. She loves being outside and riding bikes with her friends. She also loves to read, draw, paint, color, and play games on her tablet. She has a huge collection of stuffed animals which she is very proud of; she calls each of them by name. Alana is funny and witty, with a laugh that is contagious. Alana likes school and is currently in the 8th grade; her favorite subject is science. It is Alana's desire to be adopted by a family that will care for her and give her the guidance and support that she needs. She wishes to be in a home full of love, and also a home that will help her stay focused on her goals and help her with the struggles and trauma that she has encountered.

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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