Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore
Our Office is located at:
6345 Center Dr.
Norfolk, VA 23502
Office Phone: 757.847.9385
For Placement Needs or Client Referrals, please call (757) 847-9385 or email Ronnie.Gehring@embraceTFC.com
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent, please call (757) 998-8466 or email Heather.Watkins@embraceTFCcom
For emergency placements after hours, call our emergency line:
For billing questions, please call (804) 433-3530 or email .
Meet the Staff
I have been with Embrace since October 2016. I received my Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Eastern Kentucky University in 1997 and my Master's degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) in 2000. I have spent the last 17 years working with children who have been victims of child abuse and neglect. I spent 5 years as the Program Director for the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Portsmouth, Va. I have spent the last 10 years at another private TFC agency in the Hampton Roads area, first as a foster parent trainer and home study writer, and the last 6 years as a supervisor of the program, focusing primarily on the recruitment, training, and retention of foster parents. My wife and I live in Virginia Beach, where I grew up, with our 14-year old son and a 4-year daughter, and so most of our free time is spent with family. I am a huge sports fan, and have season tickets to Old Dominion University's football and basketball team. I am looking forward to this opportunity at Embrace to really build and mold the program and make it the TFC provider of choice for both foster families, and referral sources. I am also active with TFC at the state level, serving on the Board for the Virginia Association of Licensed Child Placing Agencies (VALCPA) and an member of the Board for the Virginia Coalition of Private Provider Associations (VCOPPA), where I chair the Child Placing Special Interest Group.
Heather M. Watkins, MPH
I am the Foster Parent Recruitment Coordinator with our Virginia Beach office serving all of Hampton Roads. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. I have served our community for twenty years and I love finding families for children! In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my family, politics, watching sports, and napping.
Foster Parent Coordinator
I have been with Embrace since December 2013. I received by B.S. Degree from Norfolk State University in 2005. I've worked as an educator, case manager and now foster parent coordinator and it's rewarding to serve our community in all aspects. When I'm not working I'm raising 4 children of my own, they are my biggest accomplishment and motivation.
TFC Case Manager
I have been with Embrace since December 2018. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Child Advocacy and Policy from Montclair State University. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
TFC Case Manager
I have been with Embrace since May of 2019 and have ben working in therapeutic foster care for 16 years. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Ferrum College in 2001. I also have experience in in-home, Mental Health Supports, and mentoring, I am from Roanoke, VA and my wife and I have been living in Poquoson, VA for two years. I am a huge music fan (Bob Dylan is my favorite) and I love football (Steelers!). Family is very important to me and I love spending quality time with my wife and children.
I was excited to find my home with ncgCARE in March of 2010. I have been a long-time athlete, participating in softball, lacrosse and cheerleading since I was 8 years old. I continue to have a passion for fitness and enjoy running in races and competing in physique shows through the National Physique Committee. I have been happily married to the man of my dreams since 2012 and confidently exclaim that my biggest accomplishments in life are my sons.