Social Services  |  Adoption Services
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The purpose of Adoption Services is to help children who have been permanently and legally separated from their birth parents become permanent members of a new family.

If a foster child cannot be returned to his or her parents or placed with relatives, the planning goal becomes adoption. Adoption is a social and legal process that establishes the relationship of parent and child between people who do not have this relationship by birth. It provides the same rights and obligations that exist between children and their biological parents.

For more information regarding Adoption Services, please visit Virginia Department of Social Services. Adoption Frequently Asked Questions