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Community Attention Foster Families (CAFF) is actively searching for families in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding communities.  If you have considered opening your heart and home to a child in need, please contact us to discuss this exciting and rewarding opportunity.  Come learn more about our program and the process of becoming a foster/adoptive parent by attending one of our monthly information sessions:

Our next Information Session are: February 20th, 2020, and March 18th, 2020 beginning at 6 pm.  Please call or email  to RSVP.  Marnie Allen  434-970-3735 or

Information sessions are held at 414 4th Street NE . 

                 The next foster parent training class will begin in mid-April, 2020.   Class is a total of 27 hours and will run for 9 consecutive weeks, one night a week.  If you are a 2 parent household, both people must attend all 9 weeks of class.

You must attend an information session before coming to the training.

Benefits of parenting with Community Attention:

  • Foster parents earn monthly tax-free stipends.
  • Families have access to staff 24 hours a day for their support.
  • Each child in the program is assigned an individual case manager to assist in coordinating needed services.
  • All children in the program are given access to professional counseling services.
  • Foster parents work closely with the treatment team, as a respected professional.
  • All treatment decisions and background information are shared openly between the program and the parents.

If helping area children sounds interesting, please contact Marnie Allen at 970-3735, or by Email.

If you would like to apply to be a foster parent, you may submit an application to be a prospective parent.

Do you have more questions?  Check out some of our Frequently Asked Questions below: 

Who are Community Attention Foster Families Foster parents? 
CAFF parents can be single, married or co-cohabiting couples.  They are financially stable, have adequate bedroom space and meet all state required criminal clearances.  They have a love of children and believe in the unique potential of every child.  They provide children with guidance, structure, supervision, safety, and discipline.  CAFF parents appreciate being part of a supportive system of other parents and professionals working together to changes the lives of children.

How do I become a CAFF parent? 
Contact the Recruitment Specialist by phone, 970-3735 or e-mail and introduce yourself.  You will then be invited to attend an orientation session that will give you a brief overview of the process and our program.  After attending orientation and completing an application you will be required to complete approximately 27 hours of pre-service training.  During the pre-service training you will meet with a Family Assessment Specialist to complete a home study and other required paperwork.

Who are CAFF children? 
The children range in age from newborn to 18 years.  The majority of the children we work with are survivors of abuse and neglect.  Many of them also may have emotional problems, behavioral problems, school difficulties, developmental delays, or sibling groups who need to stay together.  These children represent a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds.

What is the goal of foster care? 
Foster care is the provision of temporary care and services for a child who cannot presently remain in their own home.

How long is temporary? 
A child’s stay in foster care may be as short as overnight or may be much longer.  Some children in foster care become permanent members of a family or are adopted.  Each child’s journey is unique but is important to understand that the goal of foster care is for a child to be reunified with his family.

Would a child's biological family be involved while a child is living in my home? 
Yes, in most circumstances a child’s family remains involved with their child while they are in foster care.  CAFF Case Managers and or Department of Social Service Social Workers will help coordinate contact and visits.  Regular contact with their biological families is very important.  Foster parents have a big role in supporting a child’s connection with their family.

How long does it take to become a CAFF parent? 
It typically takes a family between three and four months to become a CAFF foster parent after completing all in-service training. The time can vary depending on how quickly families complete the requirements.