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For several years Diversity Richmond has partnered with Jewish Family Services in connecting LGBTQ people who are interested in adopting or becoming a foster parent.

COVID-19 has impacted our lives for the last five months, and you might be wondering what you can do to help. If you have room in your heart and home, we ask you to consider becoming a foster parent. In 2019, more than 5,500 children in foster care in the state of Virginia needed a loving home until they can return to their own, and 1,700 children were waiting to find their forever family through adoption. The isolation and upheaval of COVID-19 has been a traumatic experience for these children, which creates an even greater need for loving families to embrace them.

JFS Connecting Hearts’ goal is to recruit prospective foster or adoptive parents, and both LGBT+ couples and individuals are welcome! If you are interested in beginning the journey to becoming a foster or adoptive parent, we will connect you to training through our partner agencies and you can find support in our education peer support group, the Family Alliance.

The Heart Gallery shares the stories and photos of children and youth in foster care awaiting adoption right now. We invite you to visit the Heart Gallery on our new website: www.jfsrichmond.org/connecting-hearts/#the-heart-gallery. Please contact the JFS Connecting Hearts Program Manager, Denise Wise-David, at to discuss how you can change the life of a child in foster care.