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 Info Session

Monday, August 20, 2018 Churchland Public Library
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

If you have the time and the heart, we’ve got the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Learn about Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and how individuals, just like you, are making a real difference in the lives of Portsmouth children in foster care. Free/Open to the public.

Children’s Chair Affair 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mark your calendar. The Children’s Chair Affair will be at Bide-A-Wee Golf Club on Thursday, August 23 from 6 – 8 p.m. Our theme this year is Charles Schulz. Yep, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends.

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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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