Norfolk DHS August Newsletter

We have a great relationship with the Norfolk Department of Human Services, and they put out a regular newsletter with helpful information for anyone interested in or involved in foster care. You can click through the pages below: 

Empty Nesters

One of the toughest times during parenthood is when your child leaves home for the first time to be on their own. The term “empty nest syndrome” refers to the feelings that come with this transitional period, and one treatment many families find rewarding is becoming a foster parent. 

As a parent with a now ‘empty nest,’ you already have the experience, the tools and the space to foster a child in need of a good and stable home. Becoming a foster parent certainly has ups and downs, and this video highlights just a few concerns of parents considering foster parenting. If you are an empty nester and have thought about fostering a child, this is a great example of what you could experience: 

NFFC 2016-2017 Annual Report

The Board of Directors and Executive Officers of Norfolk Friends of Foster Care are pleased to release our 2016-2017 Annual Report. This first year has exceeded our expectations in terms of growth, mission expansion, and overall scope. From partnering with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads to providing birthday and holiday gifts to 100% of foster youth in the Norfolk Court system, it has been a big year. We know that this is only the start! 

Thank you for your support of Norfolk Friends of Foster Care. We are thankful for every donation of time and resources from people and organizations in our amazing community. As NFFC heads into 2017-2018, we hope to build even stronger relationships and to be able to do more for foster families in Hampton Roads. 

Click the cover image below and flip through the Annual Report today to get a better sense of what this year has meant to us and who has made it possible. 


President Audra Bullock on Hampton Roads Focus

Norfolk Friends of Foster Care President Audra Bullock was excited to get the opportunity to be a guest on Hampton Roads Focus with Mike Arlo of 106.9 The Fox!

The June 11th radio appearance helps the Norfolk Friends of Foster Care share information about the need for foster parents, particularly for older children and teens, who are often under served when it comes to ongoing, consistent foster care families.  Please listen to the interview, and share with friends and others who may be interested in learning more about foster care opportunities in our community. Listen below: 



Foster Care Aware Was a Great Success!

What a wonderful weekend! The Foster Care Aware Block Party was a great success. We were thrilled to help families learn more about what it takes to foster children and teens in Hampton Roads. 

Thanks to all who participated, from current foster families, to those interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, to City of Norfolk officials and employees and finally our generous sponsors.  We so much appreciate the support for increasing awareness about the need for foster parents in our community.


Staying in Touch

We know first-hand that considering becoming a foster parent can feel daunting or even overwhelming.  It's a commitment that isn't right for everyone, but those who take the step find unexpected joy in raising a child or teen, and making a positive difference that stands the test of time.

If you're interested in supporting foster care, but not sure if becoming a foster parent is right for you, we're happy to let you know there are lots of ways you can learn more, and support our mission.  Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Attend our Foster Care Aware Block Party on May 27th starting at 1 p.m. outside at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk.  You can learn more about the event and activities, here.
  • You can follow us on Facebook, where we provide information about Norfolk Friends of Foster Care and the Norfolk Department of Human Services, as well as links to informative articles, tips for foster parents and more.  Click here to visit our Facebook page.
  • Subscribe to our newsletter!  It's simple, and an easy way to stay informed - we'll send you an update via email every month, and you can always unsubscribe. We're confident you'll find value in the emails, and invite you to share them with others who may be interested in foster care.  You can subscribe at the bottom of this page.
  • We're also getting social on Instagram and Twitter, so follow us there, if you hang out there!
  • Of course we're always happy to have people get involved, too - learn more here

We welcome any interested in or supportive of foster care, and look forward to expanding knowledge and opportunities for children in our community.