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5249 Olde Towne Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

P: 757-259-3100

F: 757-259-3188



Diana Hutchens,
Community Services and Social Services Director


Barbara Watson
Assistant Community
Services Director


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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Child Protective
Services Hotline:
(757) 259-3201


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Adult Protective
Services Hotline:

(757) 259-3115


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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.