JFS has a long history of working with LGBTQ+ couples and individuals pursuing adoption as a way to build their family.
We continue to partner with Diversity Richmond whose generous support has allowed us to strengthen and expand our services for LGBTQ+ families, inspiring confidence in the decision to pursue adoption.
For more information, please refer to our LGBTQ+ Adoption FAQs below.
LGBTQ+ Adoption FAQs
JFS offers scholarships and financial assistance for LGBTQ+ adoption thanks to generous funding from Diversity Richmond.
Our Adoption Services
Contact: Teresa Birchett
To begin the process or learn more about JFS Adoption, contact Teresa Birchett, Adoption Supervisor at [email protected] or call 804-282-5644, ext. 223. If you need immediate assistance, call or text the adoption on-call line 804-543-3434.
Alternatively, you may fill out the contact form below.
Continued Guidance and Support
Post-placement services are generally a required part of the adoption process for both domestic and international adoption.
This typically involves several visits with the family to make sure everyone is adjusting to this life transition, and to confirm the child's well-being. This is the ideal time to ask questions or discuss any challenges with your social worker. Depending on the type of adoption, this process can vary from family to family.
After the adoption is finalized, JFS will continue to offer support as needed. We also host biannual socials where families can meet other adoptive families in the community. Adoption is a lifelong journey and JFS will always be here to help support you.
Thinking About Adoption?
If you're interested in adoption, or looking for more information, we invite you to join us at one of our free adoption workshops where you'll learn about home studies, post-placement services, international adoption and more from our team of qualified social workers.