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.

CASA Quarterback Draft Party

Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Children in foster care could really use someone to block and tackle for them.  Gentlemen, you don’t need to run like Deion or throw like Drew.  All you need is some free time and a big heart.  Join us at Roger Brown’s Restaurant & Sports Bar in Portsmouth, enjoy light refreshments and find out if you have what it takes to make the team. Reserve your spot today.  E-mail


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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