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.

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.

  • 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: Shannon Shepherd.  
  • Zachary Meet 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Haley Meet Haley

    Meet Haley!

    Haley 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: Shannon Shepherd.
  • Destiny Meet Destiny

    Meet Destiny!

    Destiny is a very bright young lady. She does very well academically, takes some advanced classes and has aspirations of becoming a nurse. She previously was in the marching band and was very proud of her accomplishments there. Destiny likes to read and seems to have an interest in a variety of topics. She has a very artistic side and likes to draw, color, and paint. When surrounded by art and craft supplies she describes it as "being in heaven". She loves photography, particularly taking pictures of sunsets and other things in nature. When it comes to music she isn’t afraid to sing along! For more information, please contact: Shannon Shepherd.
  • DeWayne Meet DeWayne

    Meet DeWayne!

    DeWayne is a 16-year-old male with a precocious personality. DeWayne is much like any teenager his age. He enjoys being social and does well making friends within his peer group. Music and social media are outlets for DeWayne. He is a good conversationalist and someone who desires to be accepted and loved. He dresses neatly and likes to impress the people around him.  His potential is obvious upon meeting him.  He enjoys going into the community and trying different foods. It is important to him to keep some of his Hispanic culture intact. For more information, please contact Chris Conner, adoption specialist at DePaul Community Resources.
  • Deandre Meet Deandre

    Meet Deandre!

    Deandre is a 14-year-old male with a fun and likable personality. He is intelligent and inquisitive, with a keen sense of humor. Deandre enjoys activities that are outside where he can explore and burn off energy. Like most teenage boys, he likes video games. When given one-on-one attention he is able to thrive. He struggles with trust but is learning to let down his guard. He desires a loving and compassionate home where he can be himself without fear of rejection. For more information, please contact Chris Conner, adoption specialist at DePaul Community Resources.
  • Courtney Meet Courtney

    Meet Courtney!

    Courtney is outgoing and enjoys being outdoors playing or just going on walks. She loves to color and do craft activities. Courtney desires a home that will provide structure for her as well as create a very loving environment. She loves being shown attention and sometimes gets upset when she feels that she is not getting enough. She knows her limits but sometimes needs assistance with boundaries. Courtney loves school and does well but becomes anxious when she is in large crowds. She can sometimes be shy but does well expressing her feelings to others. Courtney loves animals and would love to be in a home with animals. She would do best in a home with one other child or a home that has no children. She looks forward to having a family.
  • Leland Meet Leland

    Meet Leland!

    Leland is a 10-year-old child with striking intelligence and a good sense of humor. He enjoys being active and thrives when given one-on-one attention. Exploring new places, particularly outside, brings Leland joy. Leland does well when involved in activities that allow him to create and build. He is a master at intricate puzzles of all kinds. He would do best in a home that is well-versed in attachment where he can be the main focus of the caregiver.
  • 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.
  • Alexa Meet Alexa

    Meet Alexa!

    If you like animals and have a good sense of humor, then you should meet Alexa. She enjoys family time but does struggle with being around too many people at once.  She likes to help out in the kitchen has learned to cook a few simple meals. Alexa enjoys technology and one of her hobbies is photography and editing. She also enjoys alternative music and uses it as a form of relaxation. Alexa also enjoys caring for infants and toddlers and has aspirations of being a childcare provider one day. Alexa is looking for a loving and patient family to guide and support her.   For more information, please contact: Shannon Shepherd.
  • 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.
  • Logun Meet Logun

    Meet Logun!

    Logun is a 7-year-old boy who is extremely bright and precocious. He does well in school and responds to positive reinforcement and re-direction. He is kind and loving, especially when attached to his caregivers. He does well with his peers and responds to his older brothers and sisters in his current foster home. He enjoys going out to eat, on outings, and being active in general. His first love is video games but sometimes struggles to regulate when it is time to do something else. He is also prone to outbursts when he does not get his way. He will require caregivers who are patient and well-versed in trauma and attachment.

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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