Summit aims to find homes for over 800 local foster children

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — November is National Adoption Month, and in the Commonwealth alone, there are more than 800 children that need a home.

Almost two years ago, Prudense Reynolds was adopted by Roger Reynolds and his wife.

“We found her file and it just kinds of jumped out of us,” Reynolds said.

More than a year was spent training and planning before Prudense could officially become part of the family, thanks to the help of UMFS. Before, Prudense had been waiting for a forever home fore more than four years.

“So many kids out there need good homes, and they are great kids,” Roger added.

“Well, I like to do homework, and practice my piano sometimes,” said Prudense.

Thursday, the Connecting Hearts Adoption and Foster Care summit brought together adoption and foster care professionals from across Virginia for one common goal: to find permanent loving homes for children in need.

“We are bringing all kinds of workers, boots on the ground, organization, everyody that evolves around adoption or fostering. We are bring the state together, anybody involved in adopting and fostering our children in Virginia,” said Deborah Johnston, the Virginia Adoption Champion.

Right now there are more than 860 kids available for adoption. Their ages range anywhere from infants to teenagers. Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe set a big goal for adoption success.

“Lets make it a goal, all of us in this room, that one year from today, all 860 of these children will be adopted. How’s that are you with me on that?” asked Governor. McAuliffe.

If you would like more information about how to start the adoption process visit, click here.

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