Foster parents needed, Up Center holding information sessions


by 13News Now

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 12:40 PM

NORFOLK -- Nearly 1,000 children in Hampton Roads are in foster care. Across the state, that number is more than 4,000, according to the Virginia Department of Social Services.  

Foster parents are needed and the Up Center, the region’s oldest and largest family services agency, is holding free information sessions across the region for adults who may want to help.

“We rely on caring, committed foster and adoptive parents to provide stability for children that have been abused or neglected,” says Shonya Anderson, recruitment specialist at The Up Center.

Foster parents don’t have to be married, own a home, have kids of their own, be a stay-at-home parent, have a college degree or be wealthy to foster or adopt a child, Anderson adds.

Information Sessions and Information Booths:
May 15: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Up Center, 150 Boush St., Suite 500, Norfolk
May 15: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Murray Center, 455 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk

May 16: 7 p.m.: Information booth during the Norfolk Tides Health and Wellness Night, Harbor Park, 150 Park Ave, Norfolk

May 17: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Information booth at Kids Fundango Festival, Virginia Beach Sportsplex, 2181 Landstown Rd.

May 18: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Information booth at adoptVAkids 5K and Fun Run, First Landing State Park, 64th St., Virginia Beach

May 20: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Virginia Diner, 408 County Dr., Wakefield

May 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Information booth at New Beginnings Outreach Center Health Fair, 9914 Warwick Blvd, Newport News

Learn more on the Up Center Web site.