State Specific Adoption Information - Virginia - Children's Hope International

State Specific Adoption Information – Virginia

Virginia State Information

Below is a list of helpful information for your adoption journey in Virginia.

Child Abuse/ Neglect Central Registry Check Toll-Free: (800) 552-7096

Child Protective Services

Secretary of State The fee for apostille or authentication is $10.00 per document, payable to the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Virginia Secretary of State

All documents besides Vital Records and Court Marriage Certificates must be notarized by a Virginia notary. Notaries must include ALL information required in the handbook. When there is no signature for a notary to notarize, such as passports, INS documents and academic records, notaries may notarize the documents as true and exact copies of originals. Specific information is found in the Acknowledgment Section of the Notary Handbook (pdf, 163 k).

Address for mailing documents is to be sent to:

Betsy Anderson, Director of Authentications
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 786-2441

Documents must arrive at the Secretary of State in Virginia with:

  1. An enclosed cover letter with your name, address, and phone number, as well as the country you are adopting from
  2. Your Authentication Request form
  3. The $10.00 per document fee.
  4. A prepaid return mailer (can be regular mail, Fed X, UPS, DHL, etc.)
Vital Records and Health Services

Mailing Address:

VDH, Office of Vital Records
and Health Statistics
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000

Street Address:

The Shops at Willow Lawn
1601 Willow Lawn Drive
Suite 275
Richmond, VA 23220

Information Line: (804) 662-6200

State Police Check Virginia State Police Criminal Records Check
USCIS Office Washington District Office
2675 Prosperity Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

This office serves any of the counties not served by the Fairfax office.

Fingerprint offices:

Alexandria, Virginia:

USCIS Application Support Center
8850 Richmond Highway, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22309-1586

Charleston, West Virginia:

USCIS Application Support Center
210 Kanawha Boulevard
West Charleston, WV 25302-2201

Norfolk, Virginia:

USCIS Application Support Center
2500 Almeda Avenue Suite 114
Norfolk, VA 23513

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina:

USCIS Application Support Center
301 Roycroft Drive
Durham, NC 27703

Salisbury, Maryland:

USCIS Application Support Center
2040 Shipley Drive Suite 2C
Salisbury, MD 21801-7874

Norfolk Sub Office:

Norfolk Commerce Park
5280 Henneman Drive
Norfolk, VA 23513

Home Study providers
AUTUMN Adoptions, Inc.
6204-B Old Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310

Catholic Charities
of the Diocese of Arlington, Inc.
5294 Lyngate Court
Burke, VA 22015
800-care-002, (703) 425-0100

Catholic Charities
of the Diocese of Arlington, Inc.

612 Lafayette Boulevard, Suite 50
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
800-care-002, (540) 371-1124

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc.
12829Jefferson Avenue, Suite 101
Newport News, VA 23608
800-care-002, (757) 875-0060

Commonwealth Catholic Charities
203 Twinridge Lane
Richmond, Va 23235
(804) 272-2235, Fax: (804) 272-6355

Commonwealth Catholic Charities
820 Campbell Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 344-5107, Fax: (540) 344-2748

Commonwealth Catholic Charities
1024 Park Avenue, NW
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-0967

Family Life Services
P.O. Box 4199
Lynchburg, VA 24502
888-760-5433, (434) 845 5334

Forever Families Adoption Services
9 North Third Street, Suite 200N
Warrenton, Virginia 20186

Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc.
260 Grayson Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 459-4640

Jewish Family Service
2700 Spring Road
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 930-1422

Jewish Family Services, Inc.
6718 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia
2000 W. Club Lane, Suite B
Richmond, VA 23226
Toll-free 1-800-359-3834

Medical Clinics Inova Fairfax Hospital
Dr. Patrick Mason
International Adoption Center
8505 Arlington Blvd. Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22031
Tel: 703-970-2651
Fax: 703-970-2620

University of Virginia /Children’s Medical Center / International Adoption Clinic
Dr. Mark Mendelsohn / Dr. Linda Waggoner-Fountain
Department of Pediatrics
P.O. Box 800386
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0386
Tel: 434-924-9130
Fax: 434-243-2628

Post-Adoption Lawyers
Gary B. Allison
281 Independence Boulevard, Suite 310
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 518-8000

Mark L. Eckman
311 Maple Avenue West, Suite E
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 242-8801

Sharon Fast Gustafson
4041 N. 21st Street
Arlington, VA 22207-3040
(703) 527-0147

Barbara C. Jones
7016 Balmoral Forest Road
Clifton, VA 20124-1538
(703) 222-1101

Robert H. Klima
9256 Mosby Street, Suite 201
Manassas, VA 20110-5078
(703) 361-5051

Karen Law

Mark T. McDermott
910 17th Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 331-1440

Rosemary G. O’Brien
109 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-5110

Stanton E. Phillips
1921 Gallows Road, Suite 110
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 891-2400

Betsy H. Phillips
12576 Wards Road
Rustburg, VA 24588
(434) 821-5100

Colleen Marea Quinn
1111 East Main Street, 16th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 343-4375

International adoption training The Center for Adoption Support and Education
King’s Park Professional Building
8996 Burke Lake Road, Suite 201
Burke, VA 22015
Email address:
Childhood Centers and Programs Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia


Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia
DMHMRSAS, 9th Floor
1220 Bank Street
P.O. Box 1797
Richmond, VA 23218-1797
(804) 786-3710
(804) 371-7959 Fax