Virginia's Kids Belong works to dramatically improve the experience of children in foster care and change their outcomes so that they can thrive in safe, loving families and supportive communities where they belong.
the need is real.
Thousands of children in Virginia are in foster care, and there aren't enough foster families to take them in.
Every year, hundreds of these children wait to be adopted, and many never are. Each child who ages out costs taxpayers $300,000 over their lifetimes in social welfare costs.
Roughly 50% of families who foster quit within a year because they don't get the support they need.
60% of social workers leave the foster care system within the first year due to burnout.