RICHMOND, Va. — The children in Virginia’s foster system who are ready for adoption face a struggle every day: the stability and structure we may take for granted are elements absent from their lives at a critical stage of development.
They need permanent, loving families to guide them to adulthood where they can be successful and maximize their potential.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the urgency of placing them in that forever, nurturing environment, even greater.
“I have seen so many adolescents in particular, just crumble under the weight of disconnection, and it’s not having the opportunity to connect with close friends and family amid COVID,” said Dr. Danny Avula, the head of the Richmond and Henrico Health District. “And they need family and it’s important, it’s valuable.”
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