Adoption is a lifelong experience that can bring joys and also frustrations. Children adopted from the foster care system – as well as many children adopted privately or internationally – face a daunting variety of special emotional needs. For parents who struggle with the unique challenges of being adoptive parents, UMFS is here to help.
Competent adoption social workers, therapists and adoptive parent liaisons build on the strengths of the child and family to provide healthy attachments. We can attend school or service provider meetings, provide curriculum with behavior tips, find community resources, respond to a crisis or lend an empathetic ear.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
Through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK) program, the Foundation provides funding to adoption agencies to hire recruiters who are dedicated to finding adoptive homes for children in foster care across the U.S. and Canada. These recruiters implement an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model that has been proven to be up to three times more effective at serving children who have been waiting in foster care the longest, including teenagers, children with special needs and siblings.
Adoption Through Collaborative Partnerships (ATCP)
ATCP is a public-private partnership managed by UMFS and under contract with VDSS. The ATCP program operates through a state funded grant which partners with local DSS offices to increase adoptions of children from foster care.
ATCP is a collaborative effort to recognize and eliminate barriers which prevent permanency for kids in foster care and expedite adoption finalizations.
The goal of ATCP is to achieve finalized adoptions, provide child-specific homestudies for recruited and matched prospective adoptive families, achieve identified adoption milestones with children and families for successful placements.
For More Information
Contact Jewel Cooper at 757.490.9791 x2080 or jcooper@UMFS.org