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.


Portsmouth CASA Information Session

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Churchland Public Library
10:30 a.m.

Did you know that each year more than 600,000 children experience foster care in the United States? You can be part of National CASA's mission to ensure every abused or neglected child is safe, has a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. Attend our Information Session to learn how.

CASA Training

Starts Sat. Sept. 9, 2017
Call Today!

Looking for a meaningful volunteer experience? Passionate about children? Consider becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate.  Training begins on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.  Call Natasha Knight at 397-2799 x 2 to learn more about how you can make a real difference in a child's life.


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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