The Resource Children's Home Society of Virginia records

Children's Home Society of Virginia records

Children's Home Society of Virginia records, 1902-2008
Children's Home Society of Virginia records
Inclusive dates
Records, 1902-2008, of the Children's Home Society of Virginia include annual reports, board and committee files, clippings, financial and fundraising records, histories of the agency, manuals for CHS services, newsletters, photographs, and posters. This collection does not contain the children's case files
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Biographical or historical data
  • The Children's Home Society of Virginia was organized in 1899 and chartered by the General Assembly on 30 January 1900, under the stated goal of "finding family homes for homeless, indigent, or dependent poor children in the State of Virginia, and other purposes incident thereto." Future governor of Virginia John Garland Pollard served as the first president, and the Rev. William J. Maybee as the first state superintendant (Maybee held his position for nearly 30 years).
  • Early in its history, the Society provided an institutional home for those children who were not adopted. It later shifted to a foster home system and concerted efforts to find permanent homes for even "hard to place" children, such as older children, sibling groups, minorities, and children with disabilities. In 1998, the CHS formed the Partnership for Adoptions (PFA) program, a cooperative effort with local departments of social services and clinical professionals to "train and prepare adoptive families to parent children with special needs." The PFA program has been honored by both the National Association of Counties and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Branching out from its original location in Richmond, the CHS has had offices in localities across the state, including Roanoke; as of 2010, the two remaining locations are in Richmond and Fredericksburg. Now in its second century, the Society operates with a three-fold focus on pregnancy counseling, foster care, and adoption services. For a more complete history, consult the online finding aid.
Cataloging source
Children's Home Society of Virginia records
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
Governing access note
Due to privacy concerns, portions of this collection are closed for a period of years. Access to these files/items before the end of the closure period can be obtained only with prior permission of the Children's Home Society of Virginia. Contact Archives staff to request viewing of closed materials. See finding aid for details
Immediate source of acquisition
Children's Home Society of Virginia
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. General Files; II. Board and Committee Files; III. Financial Records; IV. Fundraising; V. Photographs and Posters; VI. Clippings.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (33 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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