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: 855.554.5240

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.

  • 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.
  • Candace Meet Candace

    Meet Candace!

    Candace is a bright and engaging 15-year-old! She does very well academically and takes advanced classes. Candace has a goal of one day becoming a mentor so she can help other youth grow who may share similar experiences as her. Candace is an advocate for herself and uses her strength in advocacy to encourage others as well. She is an avid runner and enjoys participating in cross-country and basketball. In addition to her athletics, Candace has been developing her culinary skills and enjoys journaling, coloring, and drawing. Candace is endearing, decisive, and has a magnetic personality that draws people in!

  • Kimberly Meet Kimberly

    Meet Kimberly!

    Kimberly is 13 years old. She is a spunky, sweet young woman that will absolutely capture your heart with her smile. Kimberly enjoys drawing, painting, and crafting. Kimberly also enjoys singing and has a beautiful voice. When Kimberly is not creating art or singing, she is outside riding her bike and jumping on the trampoline. Kimberly is very passionate about animals, especially cats and dogs. She would love to have a pet in her forever home as well as a warm, loving family who will encourage her fun, loving, and adventurous traits. Kimberly sees her older siblings about once every couple of months and would like to continue that relationship, as they are a positive influence. Kimberly would do best in a single female parent home with no other children. Kimberly's ideal forever home would be a family that could dedicate their time to her and ensure a consistent schedule. Kimberly does well with structure, clear expectations, having certain chores to finish each day, and receiving praise for a job well done. Kimberly is so excited to meet her forever family!

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.

Contact Us