By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant

Our founder and Virginia’s Adoption Champion, Debbie Johnston and our new adoption and foster care support foundation Connecting Hearts work tirelessly to help kids in our state’s foster care system.

In our home of Virginia, there are over 4,000 kids in foster care and over 850 that are seeking permanent, loving homes. Placed in foster care due to no fault of their own for reasons of abuse, abandonment, or neglect, foster youth need the community’s support! If waiting kids don’t find forever families, they risk aging out of the system, which may lead to homelessness, joblessness, and incarceration among other hardships.

With Care Advantage’s help, Connecting Hearts is hosting many events across the state in order to bring awareness to the kids who need our help. Connecting Hearts is collaborating with foster care and adoption professionals in order to provide support where it is most needed including photoshoots for adoptable kids, toiletry drives, and other programs. We lend our pink hearts in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of kids looking for their forever families.

To support its much needed mission, Connecting Hearts is hosting a golf tournament here in Richmond. We tee off on October 12th at Hermitage Country Club. Along with business and community leaders, we will have foster care youth in attendance to play with teams and to volunteer. A team is only $800 and includes lunch, drinks, play for 4 people, and a BBQ awards ceremony post play. (If you don’t want to put a team together, individual players can join us for $200!) Special speakers will include Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney along with our very own Debbie Johnston! Please note: If the date doesn’t work for you or you can’t find four players, you may donate a team or spot to foster youth who would love to play!

We urge you to join us in a fun day of golf to spread awareness about adoption and foster care needs in Virginia! Here at Care Advantage, we are practicing our swings to prepare for the tournament!! Do you think you can take us on?? We challenge you to compete in our First Annual Connecting Hearts Golf Tournament!!

Contact Connecting Hearts Executive Director Ericca Facetti at 804-308-5946 or efacetti@ConnectingHeartsVA.org to sign up a team today!

Learn more about our involvement in Connecting Hearts here.


Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant  Julia joined us earlier this year to assist with Care Advantage’s communications efforts. As a recent graduate of the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Julia enjoys contributing to the creative needs of our company and our founder Debbie Johnston. She writes press releases, articles, and digital content as well as manages social media and websites. Julia also gets the chance to break out her artistic talents doing design work, photography, and video editing.  Since Debbie Johnston created her foundation Connecting Hearts, Julia has loved learning about Virginia’s kids and providing her skills to help adoption and foster care support endeavors in our state. In her spare time, Julia continues to pursue her passion for communications and music by hosting a show on University of Richmond’s campus radio station WDCE 90.1fm.

Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant

Julia joined us earlier this year to assist with Care Advantage’s communications efforts. As a recent graduate of the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Julia enjoys contributing to the creative needs of our company and our founder Debbie Johnston. She writes press releases, articles, and digital content as well as manages social media and websites. Julia also gets the chance to break out her artistic talents doing design work, photography, and video editing. Since Debbie Johnston created her foundation Connecting Hearts, Julia has loved learning about Virginia’s kids and providing her skills to help adoption and foster care support endeavors in our state. In her spare time, Julia continues to pursue her passion for communications and music by hosting a show on University of Richmond’s campus radio station WDCE 90.1fm.