Become a Foster Parent
Become a Foster Parent

Become a Foster Parent

In Virginia, the need for supportive, nurturing foster homes is great.

At DePaul Community Resources, we are always looking for compassionate individuals who want to open their homes and hearts to children and teens in the foster care system. The need for compassionate individuals and safe, loving homes is great and growing, especially for children and teens of color, teenagers, sibling groups, and youth with a need for increased behavioral supports. Our foster parents come from all walks of life—married or single, young, middle-aged, or retired. What matters to us is that parents are willing, with our support, to create a healing environment with guidance, safety, and structure to the young people in their care.

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News & Events

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Hope and Healing No Matter What

Many years ago, Margo Humes made a promise to herself and to DePaul—to open her heart and home to any child who needed her for however long they needed her. She has kept that promise for 19 years. “I think all children need a home, all children need stability in their life,” said Margo. “I […]

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Finally, The Care He Deserves

Imagine spending most of your childhood on a waiting list for life-changing services. The services you need are there, in your community, but you’re told to wait in line with more than 13,000 other Virginians. Your parents are told to wait, knowing your care, and your life, will improve once it’s your turn. But you […]

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Keeping Connections No Matter What

DePaul’s OPTIONS day support centers looked different for much of 2020. To keep participants and staff safe, the centers paused operations. It was a difficult decision and adjustment for everyone involved. “It’s hard to be away from each other because we are like a big family,” said Renee Graves, the day support coordinator at Fishersville […]

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The Safe Space Between

The space between 10-year-old Bentley and DePaul clinician Molly McPike-Copenhaver may have grown, but that space is still as safe as it always was. Bentley, who has autism, is one of many connecting with DePaul’s community-based services staff members virtually. He meets with them a few times a week, and they make sure the virtual […]

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When She Needed Her Most

Amid great loss, Wanda Thompson and Christine Martin found each other. Christine, a young woman with autism, was 17 years old at the time. Her grandmother had been her lifelong caregiver. But now, her grandmother had terminal cancer, and their days together were slipping away. Christine needed someone to be there for her. Wanda felt […]

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Open Home, Open Hearts, Open Minds

Brett and Debra Martin began their journey as foster parents with an open home, open hearts, and open minds. They had hoped to adopt through foster care one day, but never imagined that would become reality so quickly. “We just wanted to provide a safe, loving home for anyone who came through for as long […]

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