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.


Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know

Saturday, April 14, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Human trafficking happens in all communities, including ours. FBI Special Agent Kathryn Nguyen will describe the recruitment process and signs of sexual exploitation. She’ll expose social media sites where trafficking hides. Join us for this free information session at Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court Street in Portsmouth. RSVP at

Pinwheel Garden Dedication Ceremony

Monday, April 2, 2018
3:00 PM

For most people a pinwheel is reminiscent of a carefree youth.Unfortunately, not all Portsmouth children enjoy such happy memories. Join us on Monday, April 2 at the Union Bank & Trust Pavilion as we commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Del. Matthew James will dedicate the garden.


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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