Foster Care & Adoption

Resource ParentFoster care is temporary substitute care arranged for children who cannot remain in their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. Through the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services, Fredericksburg Resource Families offers a Foster to Adopt program. We are seeking resource families to provide nurturing homes to children and siblings of all ages. The decision to become a foster parent or adoptive parent is one that takes time and consideration in committing to the process. Our dedicated staff takes pride in working with each of our resource families to help guide you through the process to become a resource foster or adoptive parent. We thank you for your interest in helping children who are in need of caring families.

Why Foster?

  1. To help children
  2. To improve the quality of life for a child 
  3. To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with the goal of returning a child to their family
  4. To help a teen become a productive adult
  5. Provide a safe, stable, and nurturing environment

Am I Ready to become a Resource Foster Parent (PDF)

Foster to Adopt Program

The Fredericksburg Resource Families Foster to Adopt program is based on a concurrent planning model. Concurrent planning involves resource families committing to reunification of the child(ren) to the biological family, while also committing to adopt the child(ren) if reunification cannot occur. Is the Foster to Adopt program a good fit for you? Read more

Requirements to Foster

In addition to the 15 hour pre-service training, there is also a checklist of required information for the licensure of all prospective foster/adoptive parents and 16 hours of online training. Read more

Resource Families

The City of Fredericksburg Resource Parent Program is managed by our Resource Families Coordinator, who works to build relationships with our families, helps them through training and licensure and provides support to each of our resource families. Read more. 

How do I learn more about becoming a foster parent?

Beajor Stoddart-Johnson, Family Resource Coordinator, Family Services Specialist
608 Jackson Street Suite 100
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: (540) 372-1032, Ext. 241
Email Ms. Stoddart-Johnson

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Virginia Department of Social Services