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Contact Information:

 

Social Services
5249 Olde Towne Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

 

P: 757-259-3100

F: 757-259-3188

 

dss@jamescitycountyva.gov

 


 

Diana Hutchens,
Community Services and Social Services Director

 

Barbara Watson
Assistant Community
Services Director

 


TDD for hearing impaired:
757-259-3133

 

Hours of Operation

 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday-Friday

 

Hotline Numbers

 

Child Protective
Services Hotline:
(757) 259-3201


24-Hour Child
Protective Services:

1-800-552-7096


Adult Protective
Services Hotline:

(757) 259-3115


24-Hour Adult
Protective Services:

1-888-832-3858

 

Foster Care Recruitment and Training

 

What does it take to provide proper foster care?

Persons who:

  • Are single or married.
  • Are preferably at least 21 years of age.
  • Have their own source of income from employment or benefits.
  • Can provide a safe and healthy home.
  • Have enough living space to care for a child, either in a house or apartment.
  • Are willing to work with an agency, children’s families, schools and others.
  • Are able to help a child cope with separation from his family and with the effects of abuse and neglect.
  • Are able to let go when the time comes.

James City County’s Foster Care Program offers:

  • Support to foster families prior to, during and after placement by agency.
  • Pre-Service Training during approval to prepare families for foster parenting.
  • Regular In-Service Training at any time on issues that are of concern or interest.
  • Notification of workshops, conferences and regional trainings.
  • Support through a resource library of books/videotapes on relevant subjects.
  • Ongoing recognition for foster parents in newsletters and at an annual event during Foster Parent Appreciation Month (May).
  • Networking opportunities with other foster parents or resources set up by recruiter/trainer to help with foster parenting issues.

For more information on becoming a foster family in James City County, please contact Gwen Mason at 757-259-3215 or via Email.

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