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Adoption Campaign Hopes to Find 1,000 Foster Children Homes

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

A statewide adoption push is part of a renewed effort with one goal in mind - finding a loving home for foster children with little support. Governor Bob McDonnell's ‘VAdopts Campaign for 1,000' aims to match 1,000 adoptive families with 1,000 children from Virginia's foster care system.

The statistics speak for themselves - Virginia has the second highest rate in the country of children who age out of the foster care system, without ever finding a supportive adoptive family - leaving thousands of kids with uncertain futures.

"These children, if they don't get adopted, the statistics are really scary," said Janet Kelly, secretary of the commonwealth.

Three out of every four foster children who age out of the foster care system at age 18 either end up in jail or homeless within two years.

"That only leaves one child out of four who ages out of the foster care system with any hope of what we would consider a decent life," said Kelly.

But this is a problem that hasn't received much widespread attention - until now.

"This is a bipartisan effort, it's a good thing, and we're hoping with the renewed effort we can place 1,000 children really quickly in adoptive families," said Delegate David Toscano (D) 57th District.

Toscano is on the steering committee for the VAdopts Campaign for 1,000.

"The governor's goal is to try to place these youngsters within the next six months to a year, he wants to be able to make that statement as he goes out...and I'm more than willing to try and help him do that," said Toscano.

And though it's an ambitious goal, the McDonnell administration is optimistic this campaign will help keep these kids from becoming another statistic.

"Once attention is given to a certain problem, that's often all that you need," said Kelly.

The state is allocating $1.5 million to partner with private organizations to help recruit and support adoptive families with things like medical expenses and basic needs.

 

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