For more than 20 years, our staff and volunteers have worked to create better futures for Portsmouth’s court-involved youth and families. Use these four resources to learn more and get involved.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, programs serving South Hampton Roads created When Your Child is in Foster Care: A Handbook for Parents and Guardians to provide an overview of the child welfare process. It is not intended to offer legal advice but to help adults better understand the legal process and resources available to them. A grant from the Sue Cooke Winfrey Memorial Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation made it possible. To obtain a copy of the handbook, contact the CASA program in your city.


Adverse Childhood Experiences: What You Need to Know

We can heal from childhood trauma.
Learn more at Center on the Developing Child

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are intense or frequent stressful occurrences in a child’s life. If not addressed, they can negatively affect brain development, socio-emotional behavior, and long-term health. ACEs fall into 3 categories: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. Listen to Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’s ground-breaking presentation on ACEs.

Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience

Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Greater Richmond Convention Center

Voices for Virginia’s Children will host the Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience in Richmond on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, on of the country’s leading voices calling for a national public health campaign to raise awareness of the lifelong effects of childhood trauma. For more information and to register, visit



163 young people completed 1,211 hours of community service in Portsmouth between June, 2015 and July, 2016.

More than half (53%) of children in Portsmouth live in single parent households.

On average there are 4,475 children in foster care in Virginia, with a child becoming homeless every 14 minutes.

The total population of Portsmouth is 96,201. Of that number, 23.4% are under 18 years old and 7.6% are under 5 years old.


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