The Resource Children's Home Society of Virginia records, 1902-2008
- Children's Home Society of Virginia records, 1902-2008
- Inclusive dates
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Maybee, William J, b. ca. 1852
- Employees' manuals
- Older child adoption -- Virginia
- Organization records
- Financial records
- Children's Home Society of Virginia
- Adoption agencies -- Virginia
- Pollard, John Garland, 1871-1937
- Foster home care -- Virginia
- Manuals (instructional materials)
- Adoption -- Virginia
- Annual reports
- 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
- 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.
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