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People Places Perspectives

Why We Foster

Long time People Places foster parents, Randall and Elder recently shared details on their decision to foster and how they found the agency. “Elder and I have always wanted children and one day while watching tv we see a commercial for People Places,” Randall said. The couple’s next step was…...

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“Go for it! Kids need you.”

Teaching Parent, Sara, describes her family’s choice to foster. She says, “In the beginning it was due to infertility and we desperately wanted another child, but now we just want to help children because so many children have had a rough life and need a home.” Although becoming a foster…...

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Fostering Makes a Difference- One Family’s Story

We recently asked one of our Teaching Parents, Heaven, about her family’s journey- fostering children. She immediately replied, “What an honor! There is nothing I love more than talking about how amazing my kids are.” She responded to all of our questions about the ins and outs of being a…...

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Parents are Teachers, Too

Today, November 8th, is National Parents as Teachers Day.  The concept for Parents as Teachers developed in the 1970s when educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness.  Decades of research shows that parental involvement is a critical link in a child’s development of learning…...

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Carol Bright: 2017 Dawbarn Education Award Recipient

Each year, since 1992, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge selects recipients of the Dawbarn Education Award, which is given to local educators who make a difference in their community.    People Places’ Director of the Pygmalion School, Carol Bright, is an award winner for 2017!  Carol joined the…...

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Helping Ease Anxiety in a Chaotic World

As we welcome the many joys of October including cooler weather, trips to the pumpkin patch, and apple cider- it is also important to acknowledge that the last several months of natural and unnatural disasters have been unprecedented, heartbreaking and very difficult from a national and worldwide perspective. People Places…...

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Recap: People Places 1st Golf Tournament

On September 15th, People Places held its first ever golf tournament at the Waynesboro Country Club. In total, $3,617.84 dollars were raised, and all proceeds will support therapeutic groups for foster children! These groups assist children as they learn valuable social and independent living skills, relaxation skills, relationship building, and how to…...

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The New, Powerful Voice of Foster/Adoptive Youth

Written by: Penny Combs, Community Liaison This is my 30th year working for People Places, Inc. And, in that time, I have never seen such a desire to engage youth and families in such a personal, powerful, and informative way. Decision makers at both the state and local levels are eager…...

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Lean On Me- A Note on Suicide Awareness

Written by: Melissa Blinn, Licensing Supervisor Occasionally, usually in the quiet evening hours (and unfortunately sometimes in the middle of a sleepless night), a simple lyric or song repeats in play mode in my mind. Often, the songs are from the 70’s or 80’s, taking me back to a sweet childhood…...

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Fostering Futures Reaches One Year Anniversary

In Virginia, over 60% of of our foster care youth are adopted by their foster parent. Currently, there are over 5000 children in Virginia's foster care system. Of those 5000, over 700 children are ready for adoption right now. According to the Children's Bureau, nearly 428,000 children in the U.S.…...

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