Regional Post-Adoption Services Consortium
Regional Post-Adoption Services Consortium

Regional Post-Adoption Services Consortium

DePaul Community Resources was selected starting July 2020 to act as the lead agency implementing the regional consortium system in both the Western and Piedmont regions of Virginia.

Post-adoption Services Consortium System

Working to Ensure Easy Access to the Services and Supports Adoptive Families Need to Thrive

The Regional Post-Adoption Consortium Services (RPACS) system is a new and innovative approach to the development and delivery of services and supports for adoptive families throughout the Commonwealth. It is funded by a generous grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Through this new system DePaul, with assistance from key partners Commonwealth Catholic Charities and Frontier Health, is able to offer the following FREE services, to ALL adoptive families whose child is under the age of 18, and who reside in the Western and Piedmont regions of the state:

Basic post-adoption services

Basic post-adoption services are foundational services that all families are likely to need at some point in their adoption. Basic services include:

  • Information and referral
  • Level I case management (monthly communications and resource sharing)
  • Education, training, support, and advocacy for adoptive parents, youth and family natural supports

Enhanced post-adoption services

Not all families will need enhanced post-adoption services; however, these services are known to be important for adoption stability. They include:

  • Peer support
  • Level II (comprehensive) case management characterized by personalized family plan development and coordination with other service providers to address each family’s unique needs and goals
  • Planned respite activities

Intensive post-adoption services

These crisis-support services are needed by relatively few families, but they are critically important when needed. Currently, this includes 24-hour emergency phone support for adoptive families and connection to area crisis services as appropriate. Based on assessed regional family needs, the consortium may expand crisis support in the coming years.

Contact Information

Please send all referrals to Shannon Shepherd:

Fax: 276.623.0002

Email: SShepherd@depaulcr.org

The Adoptive Family After Hours Crisis Line is 855-554-5240.

Coverage Information

Consortium Coverage Area-Piedmont Region

Consortium Coverage Area-Western Region

For families that live outside the service area, see links below to contact the lead service providing agency in your area:

NORTHERN REGION: adoptionsupport.org/post-adoption-case-management-for-virginia/

CENTRAL AND EASTERN REGION: umfs.org/services/foster-care-adopt/adoption-services/


Monthly Support Groups and Events

Our team is using September to connect with as many families as possible to take stock of their current needs in the “new normal” as the impact of Covid-19 continues and we enter another school year. We are also sending out an online family survey to assess how we can best support families in these unusual times. Watch for future support group themes and activities inspired by what we learn!

Navigating educational needs October 5th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Tween lunch (ages 9 – 12) October 7th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Teen lunch (Ages 13 – 17) October 14th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Holiday planning in the times of COVID 19 October 15th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Navigating birth family relationships October 19th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Transracial adoptions (Caregivers) October 21st, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Transracial adoptions (Youth) October 21st, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Open Caregivers October 22nd, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Kids night in / mom’s huddle October 27th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Mom’s huddle / Kids night in October 27, 6:00 pm – 7:00 PM

Click Here For A Printable Calendar and Group/Event Descriptions


More about the consortium system:

  • Each consortium is a group of organizations working together in a single region with the goal of establishing and ensuring the delivery of comprehensive post-adoption services and supports that strengthen adoptive families and prevent adoption disruption.
  • Collaborative consortium decisions will continually guide and enrich post-adoption services over time in each region. In this first year of system development, the grant supports a priority array of services (see above) provided by DePaul along with key partners Commonwealth Catholic Charities and Frontier Health.