Kickoff events for Campaign for 1,000 announced

state-capitol2Gov. Bob McDonnell announced this week the schedule of kickoff events across the Commonwealth for the “Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000.” The campaign is an initiative to match 1,000 children currently in foster care with adoptive families. The governor launched the statewide campaign on May 17 from the steps of the Governor’s Mansion during Virginia’s Foster Care Month. The governor also announced today a social media campaign, “100 days, 100 kids,” which will feature the story of a Virginian foster child awaiting adoption each day for 100 days.

Governor McDonnell noted, “Of the four thousand children in Virginia’s foster care system, about one thousand children are ready for, and eagerly awaiting, adoption. Each of these children deserves a secure, stable home environment. Together, we can help these children find loving families and make Virginia a better place.”

The Regional Kick -Off events are designed to further promote the Campaign for 1,000 and highlight some of the children across the Commonwealth who are in need of a forever family.  Parents and families interested in foster care adoption should attend.  Each event will provide educational information for parents wishing to become adoptive parents. For specific event information, see below. For more information on these events including registration, please visit

The “100 days, 100 kids” social media campaign begins July 1. Every day stories will be shared of real Virginia children in foster care who are ready to be adopted via Twitter and Facebook.

For more information about the “Campaign for 1,000” please view the Governor’s video message and visit



July 22nd  The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center 4535 Commerce St  Virginia Beach, Virginia 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register here:



July 23rd  J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College 1651 East Parham Road  Richmond, Virginia 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register here:



July 29th Our Health Center  329 North Cameron Street Winchester, Virginia 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register here:  July 30th  Fairfax County Government Center  12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, Virginia 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Register here:



July 29th  Botetourt Center at Greenfield – Education and Training Center 57 South Center Drive Daleville, Virginia 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register here:

July 30th  Averett University—Frith Hall 420 West Main Street Danville, Virginia 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register here:

July 31st  Albemarle County Administration Building 401 McIntire Road  Charlottesville, Virginia  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register here:

To Be Announced Lynchburg



August 1st  Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center  French Moore Jr Blvd Abingdon, Virginia 6 p.m. to 8 p.m Register here:

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