As of January 1st 2018, there were just over 750 children in foster care in the cities of Hampton Roads. Of these foster children, over 80% were placed in non-relative foster homes and approximately 11% were placed in congregate care (aka, group homes). The vast majority of these kids have spent over two years in foster care and at least 25% have been in 4 or more different homes during their time in foster care. These numbers drive Norfolk Friends of Foster Care’s mission to actively recruit the next generation of foster parents to ensure that family placement is always an available option for these kids in their time of greatest need and that a child’s first placement in care is the right and last placement before permanency.
As part of our outreach, we have partnered with Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business and Communication Department to develop a targeted marketing and media campaign for recruiting additional foster families. This endeavor has been successful in spawning interest and awareness of the needs of foster youth throughout Hampton Roads!
We also target outreach through our annual Foster Care Aware Block Party, an event aimed at recruiting new foster families through education on what it takes to foster children and teens in Hampton Roads. Foster Care Aware was the largest event of its kind and proved to be successful in recruiting a significant number of new foster parents in Hampton Roads! Find out more about Foster Care Aware.