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Hope. Children and families who come to United Methodist Family Services come here to find hope. Hope for a new foster or adoptive family. Hope that a child can be healed. Hope that the family can be whole once again.

For 114 years UMFS has been helping children and families in Virginia find hope. Through our treatment foster care program, foster parents and children find one another and often go on to become adoptive families. Through our residential treatment programs at the Child & Family Healing Center and Leland House, girls and boys overcome trauma and heal. Through Charterhouse School, students with special needs and autism find help and success. And through Project LIFE, teens aging out of foster care in Virginia find new skills and a voice. Through all of our services children and families find hope.

How can you help a child or a family find hope? Become a foster parent, volunteer or donate to UMFS. UMFS is a 501(c)3 organization and your gifts are tax-deductible. Give hope to a child and watch him grow.

Special Events

Charterhouse School-Richmond Lights It Up Blue!

If you have passed by our Richmond campus recently, you may have seen the tower of Charterhouse School was lit blue. Around the country, other buildings (and even the Empire State Building last year) are also shining blue, but why?

April 2 was World Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks launches an annual "Light It Up Blue" campaign in April to shine a light on autism around the world.

Since we serve students with autism in both of our Charterhouse School locations and our Courage to Succeed program for college-aged students, we understand how crucial it is to raise awareness not just about autism, but also what resources are available to help kids and teens continue on the path to success.

New Lynchburg regional center now open

The new office offers treatment foster care, adoption support services, mentoring and a Work2Succeed internship program. The initiative is a collaboration with community agencies and churches in the area. The vision for this initiative is to eradicate poverty one family at a time in the immediate community breaking the cycle of poverty through utilizing asset-based community development. Adoptive Family Preservation and Project LIFE staff share office space in the new location.

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