How You Can Be Involved
Becoming a Foster Parent
The Hanover Department of Social Services is pleased to announce a new series of pre-service training sessions for prospective foster parents. These sessions will provide you with a multi-dimensional perspective of the foster care system. We will provide important information, which will facilitate your decision and ultimately your commitment to become a foster parent. The training classes are free and open to all adults in the community. The trainings are a requirement of Hanover County for all persons seeking to become a foster parent.
The sessions will adhere to the following schedule:
- Social Services Foster Parent orientation and training dates, location, and times will be posted to this website once scheduled.
Thank you for your interest!
We look forward to working with you as you explore serving the children in our community. All children deserve to live in a stable and safe home with loving adults. You can provide this home by becoming a foster parent.
Please contact Janet Robinson at 804-365-4125 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding Foster Parent Training.
Hanover Care for Kids Program
Since January of 2002, the Department of Social Services has coordinated
the Hanover Care For Kids (HCFK) program to help meet the day-to-day
needs of children and youth who are in foster care. Children
who come into foster care do so for a variety of reasons (abuse
or neglect, mental health needs, or their care giver’s struggles). There
are limited resources for addressing the multiple needs of the
children who remain residents of Hanover County, particularly when
they are placed outside the county. Each child deserves to
know that their needs will be met, the sense that they fit in to
their community, and the involvement of supportive adults. That
is what HCFK is all about.
Through HCFK Sponsors, children and youth are provided with the “extras” that
most of us take for granted as everyday amenities. Eight
bucks for a movie, change for the vending machine, having football
cleats for football, the current style sweater or jacket; all the
typical things that children and youth would typically rely on
their parent to provide, are out of reach for kids in foster care,
especially when they are placed in a group home or residential
mental health or behavioral health facility.
Please consider having your family, business, office, church or
civic group volunteer to sponsor a child for a year. Contact
Karlyne Snead at (804) 365-4165 for more information or to volunteer.