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Virginia State Information

In Virginia, approximately over 138,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 59,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The Virginia Department of Social Services through the power of the Code of Virginia �63.2-100, recognizes that when a children cannot live with his or her parents kinship care is the best alternative. Therefore, the State recognizes both formal and informal kinship care arrangements. Through the Department of Social Services the state offers many financial and emergency service programs for kinship care families. Please see the link below for complete program list and eligibility requirements. Various support groups and other resources for kinship care families are found throughout the state please see the “Virginia Faces Link” for statewide resources.

Virginia offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for Kinship care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 138,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 59,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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