Photo taken at Virginia's Kids Belong launch (from left to right): Tom Farrell, David Platt, John Fernandez, Kenneth Johnson, Janet Kelly, Governor Ralph Northam, Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, Karen Booth Adams, Shante Dundee, Rosalina Torres Rivera, Andy Edmunds, and The Honorable Bill Mims
VIRGINIA IS 47TH IN PERMANENCY IN THE US.
THAT MEANS 500 CHILDREN EXIT FOSTER CARE EACH YEAR WITHOUT A FAMILY. 89% BECOME ADDICTED, HOMELESS, INCARCERATED, OR PREGNANT WITHIN 2 YEARS
EACH TEEN WHO "AGES OUT" WITHOUT A FAMILY COSTS TAXPAYERS $300,000 OVER EACH KID'S LIFETIME. THE REAL LOSS IS HUMAN POTENTIAL.
THERE IS A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM AND CHANGE AGENTS LIKE YOU IN THE COMMUNITY.
THIS CRISIS IS SOLVABLE.
A 2018 VA GOVERNMENT AUDIT REVEALED SERIOUS ISSUES IN VIRGINIA'S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND CALLED FOR IMMEDIATE CORRECTIVE ACTION.
STARTING THIS OCTOBER, LANDMARK FEDERAL LEGISLATION MOVES FUNDING FROM GROUP HOMES TO FOSTER HOMES, MEANING A DIRE NEED FOR MORE FOSTER FAMILIES NOW.
WE HAVE WILLING PARTNERS IN EACH SPHERE - GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, FAITH, & CREATIVE - WHO ARE READY AND EAGER TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS NOW.
ways to make an impact
impact your employees
Update your company's HR package to include foster-friendly policies that encourage fostering and adopting.
IMPACT THE COMMUNITY
Join our "Foster-Friendly Business Program" by offering rewards and discounts to children and families in foster care.
IMPACT YOUR PEERS
Give other socially-conscious business leaders the opportunity to help end one of Virginia's worst social crises by spreading the word about VKB and our mission.
IMPACT YOUR WAY
VKB has had many unique offers, such as a financial institution offering to teach free financial literacy classes to birth families. Have a unique idea for impact? Contact us!
IMPACT THE CHILDREN
Contribute financially to VKB's mission and give children in foster care a face, a voice, & belonging.
IMPACT THE FUTURE
Become a LifeGuide mentor or provide on the job training opportunities for teens who have aged out of foster care.
DARRELL AND DONNA SHIRES
In partnership with the Virginia state government, businesses can now become an official Foster-Friendly Business
become a BUSINESS IMPACT PARTNER today
this crisis is solvable.
the solution is you.
THE BUSINESS CASE FOR ENDING VIRGINIA'S FOSTER CARE CRISIS