Child Trends is providing research services to the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) on an in-depth look at the post-adoption experiences of adoptive parents and adopted young adults in Virginia. Our findings will help improve post-adoption support services in Virginia. The goal is to have high-quality post-adoption services and supports available to adoptive families throughout the Commonwealth to help them stay together and thrive.

Over the next year, Child Trends will:

  • Conduct an online survey with adoptive parents in Virginia, whether or not the family is still together
  • Conduct interviews with adoptive parents and with young adults whose adoptions were not successful

This project will only succeed with input from adoptive parents and young adult adoptees in Virginia!

Adoptive parents: Please participate in an important Virginia Department of Social Services study! Your input will inform the services and supports available to adoptive families in Virginia.

Click HERE to take the 20- to 30-minute survey.

  • Password: adoptivefamilies

If you are interested in participating in an interview, please contact Kenya Downing ([email protected]) to schedule an interview

Child Trends will work with VDSS to invite young people for interviews.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions or would like more information about this work, please contact Sharon Vandivere at [email protected] /240-223-9244 or Berenice Rushovich at [email protected]/240-223-9269.