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.


Children’s Chair Affair 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Who can forget Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird and the cast of characters who entertained us every Saturday morning?  Join us in a celebration of all things Looney Tunes on Thursday, August 1 at Bide-A-Wee Golf Club for the 2019 Children’s Chair Affair.  The Silent Auction features masterpieces executed on small wooden children’s chairs by established and up-and-coming local artists. Tickets are $25. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court, Inc.

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Who are CASA volunteers?

People with a passion for children.
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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers have room in their hearts for one more child. They are carefully screened, trained and supervised to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected, and are typically in foster care.  CASAs provide valuable information that helps judges make decisions in the best interest of the child. Call Portsmouth CASA today at 397-2799 x 2.  The next training class begins in September.  Learn More




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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