Resource Adoptive Foster Families Team
Resource Adoptive Foster Families Team (RAFFT), is a program with the Spotsylvania Department of Social Services with a mission to recruit, train, approve, and support foster/adoptive/resource parents who can provide loving homes to our area foster children. If you are considering becoming a foster parent, please call or email us and we can tell you about our program and answer any questions that you may have. We also have a packet of information about RAFFT that we can send to you as well.
The first step in becoming an approved foster/adoptive/resource parent is to take a 27 hour training that consists of five in-class sessions and four online at-home sessions. We offer our classes several times per year to prepare new foster/adoptive/resource parents for the foster care experience. Both evening and daytime options are available and you can select the one that best fits your schedule. The classes cover a variety of topics including first-hand advice from experienced RAFFT foster parents. Additionally, we provide ongoing help, support and additional training classes throughout the year.
We are located in the Spotsylvania Courthouse Village near Robert E Lee Elementary School. You can access the area from Brock Road or the Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass. You will see a building in the village called the Market Square Building which is across from the pavilion. The physical address is 9019 Old Battlefield Boulevard, Spotsylvania, VA 22553. Social Services is located on the second floor and has it’s own entrance, the North Entrance, located across from the gravel parking lot.
Classes are generally offered three times each year. Our classes meet at the Spotsylvania Department of Social Services. There is no charge to attend our classes but pre-registration is required due to limited space. Please call 540-507-7852 to register.
Fall class ended on November 4, 2019. Winter/Spring classes begin on January 27, 2020 and run as following:
01/27/2020 Classroom Session 1 6-9 pm
Cluster 1 – online requirement prior to session 2
02/10/2020 Classroom Session 2 6-9 pm
Cluster 2 – online requirement prior to session 3
02/24/2020 Classroom Session 3 6-9 pm
Cluster 3 – online requirement prior to session 4
03/09/2020 Classroom Session 4 6-9 pm
Cluster 4 – online requirement prior to session 5
03/23/2020 Classroom Session 5 6-9 pm - postponed as of 3/16/2020
Summer classes will be held during daytime hours only if there are enough families interested. A decision will be made by May 2020.
Orientation - As of 3/16/2020, our scheduled orientation session for April 6th is currently postponed as a proactive effort concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus).
If you aren’t sure if fostering is for you, please call us anytime to hear about our program. You can also join us for one of our orientation sessions which are held three times per year. Our next one will be scheduled as soon as possible. Plan to join us to hear more about fostering and the focus of our program. Pre-registration is requested but not required.
In-Service Training for Approved Families
State policy requires that all approved foster parents receive on-going training annually. There are many ways to acquire training hours. These include:
- Attending classes through other agencies/schools
- Attending RAFFT quarterly in-service trainings
- Reading related books or articles and writing a short summary about what you learned
- Taking online courses
Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story. - Josh Shipp