Post Adoption Services

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia (CCEVA) is committed to providing quality post adoption services to families. In 2020, the Virginia Department of Social Services created a new initiative for post adoption services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Catholic Charities is proud to be a partner agency of United Methodist Family Services (UMFS). CCEVA’s post adoption programs continue to provide basic, enhanced, and crisis post adoption services to the families that they serve. All post adoption services are generously funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services (FAM-20-082) which allows us to provide all services and programs free of charge.

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia’s Post Adoption services utilizes the evidence-based Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) approach developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. The goal of CCEVA’s programs are to provide education, case management, events, support, tools, and materials to help families maintain successful adoptive placements. Families must have a finalized adoption (foster care, international, private, domestic infant, and/or kinship) in order to receive services.

To see a full array of services or to submit a referral/inquiry for services please go to the following webpage:

Post Adoption Education Program

CCEVA offers a variety of classes to support families. Classes include a one day introductory class (4 hours) with discusses TBRI®, Attachment, facilitating behavioral change, developmental deficits and that drive behaviors, connecting while correcting, and interventions to help with children’s behaviors.

CCEVA offers specialized two-hour classes for families. Topics of these classes are: The Impact of Trauma and the Brain, Connecting While Correcting, and Strengthening the Bonds of Attachment with your Child.

All classes are free and confidential. Families who participate in any of CCEVA’s classes will receive the book, The Connected Child, the Trust Based Parenting DVD, the TBRI Pocket-Guide, fidgets for their children, and a variety of useful handouts.

To learn more about CCEVA’s post adoption education classes please contact:
Erika Crosby, Director of Family Engagement and Mobility Services or 757-570-7178


Spring 2021 CLASSES

(All Spring 2021 classes will be held virtually and an RSVP is required)

Evening Classes

Topic: Connecting While Correcting
Partner Agency: James City DSS

Saturday Classes

Classes are from 11:00—1:00.

Topic: The Impact of Trauma on the Brain
Partner Agency: James City DSS

Topic: Intro to TBRI Part 1
Partner Agency: UMFS

Topic: Intro to TBRI Part 2
Partner Agency: UMFS

TBRI Mini-Camp – held in person in Virginia Beach

This is a unique six week mini-camp for families with children between the ages of 6-12 years old. Each week families will come together for a meal. Then, while parents work through a curriculum based on the principles of TBRI® each child will be assigned a buddy and will have a mini-camp experience. Each week they will work on skills such as self-regulation, attachment, life skills, etc. All of this will be accomplished in a play-filled environment. At the end of each night parents and children will come back together and through games and play will practice skills that were learned each week. Some topics that will be covered include: attachment, facilitating behavioral change, developmental deficits that drive many behaviors, how the brain impacts behaviors, TBRI principles, interventions to help with sensory integration and playful interaction.

Our Spring Camp will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 – 8:00 in Virginia Beach from May 11 through June 15, 2021.
An RSVP is required

Hope for the Journey (formerly Empowered to Connect) Simulcast Host Site

The Hope for the Journey Conference will include five high-level learning modules based on the foundational principles of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) along with a new teaching component, The Gospel + TBRI. Embedded within each learning module will be a “Going Deeper” teaching video on a select topic, and also included will be two practical, encouraging “Practical Perspectives” videos featuring the voices of adult adoptees as well as adoptive and foster families.

When: May 15 starting at 9:00 (this is a full day conference)
Where: A combination of in-person (in Virginia Beach) as well as virtual options available.
Who: any family who has a finalized adoption or professionals

Please contact Erika Crosby for more information – 757-533-5217


Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia provides basic and enhanced Case Management services to any family who has a finalized adoption. Our case management program partners with you as the family to help meet your concerns and needs. Services include but are not limited to advocacy, service coordination, crisis intervention services, and support.

To learn more about Post Adoption Services in the Eastern Region please go to the following website: or contact Erika Crosby, Director of Family Engagement and Mobility Services at 757-570-7178 or


In addition to the services listed above CCEVA also provides the following programs and events throughout the year:

  • 7 week post adoption camps – these camps are designed for the entire family with adopted children between the ages of 6-12. Camps are held one night a week from 6-8 p.m. Dinner is provided and there is a program for both the parents and the children. Topics include Trust Based Parenting, trauma and the brain, attachment, sensory processing, and practical tools to use every day.
  • Family Connection Events – CCEVA will provide fun events throughout the year for families to have fun with each other as well as with other adoptive families.
  • Respite Events – CCEVA will provide day-long respite events at various times throughout the year. This is an event where CCEVA will provide a day of fun for your child(ren) so that you can enjoy a day with your spouse, friends, or even just have a day to yourself.
  • Post Adoption Conference – for the past two years CCEVA has hosted the Empowered to Connect Simulcast conference for families each spring. While the conference is changing this year CCEVA is committed to hosting the simulcast in whatever format that looks like so stay tuned for more details.

For more information on any of the services or programs listed above please contact:
Erika Crosby
Director of Adoption and Child Welfare
Director of Family Engagement and Mobility Services
1301 Colonial Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23517
Phone: 757-570-7178
Fax: 757-533-9562