Foster a Child

Fostering Love.

Over 1,000 kids are living in foster care in Hampton Roads. Share your love and home.

Throughout Hampton Roads, thousands of individuals and families have chosen to foster or adopt a child in need… Won’t you join them?

Attend a free, no-obligation Information Session near you. Refreshments provided. Contact us today.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:00pm Virginia Beach Central Library, Folio Room, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9:00am Golden Corral, 2324 Chesapeake Square Ring Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321 (Please RSVP to Vicky Smallwood at or 757-965-8679 by Friday, Sept 30)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:00pm Town Point Center, 150 Boush Street, Suite 500, Norfolk, VA 23510 (Validated Parking available in Plume St garage)

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:00pm Town Point Center, 150 Boush Street, Suite 500, Norfolk, VA 23510 (Validated Parking available in Plume St garage)


Online Form

Click here to review a sample of what you’ll receive at an Information Session.

Foster Care at The Up Center

The Up Center’s Therapeutic Foster Care and Foster-to-Adopt programs serve a diverse group of children, ranging in age from birth to age 21. During your foster parenting experience, a wealth of support services is provided, as well as countless benefits of fostering a child.

Foster Parents Are Everyday Heroes.

Single or married, young or old–they provide shelter, support, and healing to children in desperate need of stability. In addition to making a difference in the life of a child, when you foster through The Up Center, you receive:

  • Free training
  • 24/7 support (including on-call emergency and crisis assistance)
  • Reimbursement
  • Recognition
  • Vacation days

Do YOU have what it takes to be a foster parent?

  • Are you single, married, or divorced?
  • Are you at least 25 years old?
  • Do you have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle?
  • Do you either rent or own your own home?
  • Are you working or a stay-at-home parent, or retired?
  • Do you have a stable form of income (no government assistance)?
  • Will you clear background checks?
  • Will you commit to attending all training sessions?

If you answered YES to all of these questions, then contact us today!

Online Form

Foster Care & Adoption Services Staff

To refer a child:

Heather Wilson
Intake Coordinator
(757) 965-8668

To become a foster parent:

Heather Watkins
Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator
(757) 965-8649

Uplift Lives

    Also designate your United Way contribution to The Up Center

    CVC #05017

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