About the People Places Family
On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the United States and over 5,000 of these children reside in Virginia. These children live in your community and are in desperate need of safe, stable, and nurturing foster homes. People Places can help you make a difference in their lives!
Founded in 1973 in Staunton, Virginia, People Places was instrumental in establishing and shaping treatment foster care- locally and nationwide. People Places is a private, not for profit agency serving Staunton, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and the surrounding areas. We provide an array of foster care, adoption, and community based services.
Trauma informed research has proven that meaningful relationships make all the difference to children in need. We have over 40 years of experience connecting children to individuals and couples who are willing to become certified as foster or foster/adoptive parents.
Reunification with birth parents and kin is always the primary goal for children in foster care. However, when this is not possible, foster to adoptive homes are necessary to provide long-term permanency for children.
You can make a difference in the lives of children. Contact the location nearest to you to become a foster or foster/adoptive parent today!
People Places Success Stories
Shawn Winfrey: Foster Care to College and BeyondShawn Winfrey is a former foster child who entered care due to neglect. Once he was placed by People Places, things changed for Shawn. He shared, "My second placement was a blessing; I had a great foster mother who was employed by People Places and she worked hard to help me manage my anger and become academically sound. She pushed me to participate in sports and even continue playing in the orchestra." Read Shawn's full story and see what he is up to now!
Ride with Pride- Community PartnershipPeople Places and Ride with Pride have partnered for many years to provide therapeutic experiences for foster children. Kelsey Lasher, the Program Director at Cedar Creek Stables, is passionate about the work she does. "I love that Ride with Pride feels like a home away from home. The horses always welcome new and returning visitors... They can brighten anyone's day in an instant. I also love what Ride with Pride can do for its riders. Nothing makes me happier then helping riders achieve new goals and build on life skills," she said. Read more here!
Why We FosterLong time People Places foster parents, Randall and Elder recently shared details on their decision to foster and how they found the agency. “The most rewarding thing is to see the progress that children make while in your care." Read Their Story
People Places Resources
Check out our online resources section for information about childhood trauma, healthy living materials, and external links to relevant government agencies and resource providers.View our Resources Section
Read up on current news and trends in foster care and learn more about our team’s work!
We have over 40 years of experience connecting children to individuals and couples who are willing to become certified as foster or foster/adoptive parents. Let us share those experiences with you!