WEST AUGUSTA, Va. -- A local agency is helping to place foster kids in homes in Virginia.
Depending on the case, People Places is also helping place kids with adoptive families.
The foster care agency works with the Department of Social Services.
They train foster parents and the kids placed in homes also receive counseling during their experience.
The goal is to return kids to their biological parents, but sometimes doesn't happen if the biological parents lose their rights.
In that case, the kids become eligible for adoption.
One family in West Augusta is celebrating three new family members now thanks to People Places in Staunton.
Belinda Shrewsbury has fostered kids for six years and her normal routine involves taking care of five kids.
"I had the space in my house. I had you know, what it took to be a foster parent so I decided let's do something to help out the local children," said Shrewsbury.
"Just every time a child left it took a piece of my heart with me. It was very sad. But I knew the ultimate goal was to get them back with the biological parents."
Kevin and Brandon came to live with the Shrewsburys three years ago.
Kimberly, their sister, came from another foster home soon after.
When their biological parents lost their rights to them, Shrewsbury said she couldn't let them go.
The kids now have a permanent home, after the Shrewsburys adopted them on June 28th.
"Since the adoption the kids are more settled. It's like I can see the change in them. It's like, it's final they're not going anywhere," said Shrewsbury.
It's been a little more than a month since the adoption, and Shrewsbury said you can tell a difference.
Kimberly Shrewsbury used to be very shy and when visitors would come, she would hide.
Now, the eight-year-old didn't hesitate to say why she's so comfortable.
"Everyone supports me and they're special to me," said Kimberly Shrewsbury.
The kids have a memento to remember their special day.
The boys have dog tags with their name and their date of adoption, while Kimberly has a necklace with the same information.
It's a slam dunk for three kids who came from another foster home.
"There's a lot of homes out there that would be great foster homes so my thing is to get in touch with People Places they will put you on the right track to helping kids in the area," said Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury said that People Places takes time to place kids in fitting homes.
When people foster kids, the Department of Social Services stops by each month.
People Places also makes two separate monthly visits.
Depending on the case, the foster kids can see their biological parents.
Shrewsbury said with the kids she has fostered in the past six years, she has made a big effort to build that relationship with the biological parents.
Although Shrewsbury said that she won't be a foster parent for People Places anymore, she's happy that she just recruited a friend of hers to get involved with the program.
A related story about People places can be found here.
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