EVERY CHILD DESERVES A HOME
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Hundreds of children in Virginia each year are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Given their experiences, many of these children need additional supervision, stability and care. UMFS' treatment foster care program allows older children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems to live with families while receiving the additional support they need to be successful. Our treatment foster care program serves children in Northern Virginia, Frederickburg, Spotsylvania and the surrounding counties, Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, Farmville, City of Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland, Louisa and more. To find a center near you, visit the contact us page.
Who are these children?
The children placed in UMFS foster homes were removed from their homes by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Most are late elementary, middle and high school age. Some have siblings. Others have special medical needs. Many would otherwise be considered for placement in more restrictive residential settings such as hospitals, residential treatment programs or juvenile justice facilities. Our treatment foster families make all the difference in giving these children a chance for stability, growth, and permanency.
It takes a village
Our treatment foster care program is child centered, family focused, strength based, and culturally competent with a focus on permanency. Becoming a foster parent is an enormous life decision that will have a profound impact on your life, your family and your future. Foster parents make a commitment not to give up on the kids. Many of the families who foster children through UMFS end up adopting them.
Our foster parents come from a variety of backgrounds: nurses, teachers, social workers, bookkeepers, chefs, stay-at-home parents. While diverse in their job history, all foster parents are experienced caregivers. Foster parents may or may not have previously parented; they may be single, married, in committed relationships or divorced. Aside from the basic state licensing and agency criteria, UMFS requires that foster parents consider themselves professional and full-time participants in a therapeutic process.
UMFS is with you every step of the way on your journey to become a foster parent. We provide treatment foster parents with a full complement of training programs, including 30 hours of pre-service training, CPR/first aid, individualized in-home training and support groups.
Support, when you need it
• Case managers able to provide individualized attention to each child
Being a foster parent isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need extra support. The UMFS team in your regional center is there to help—even at a moment’s notice. We’ll return your calls promptly and will come to your home at all hours to ensure you have all the tools you need to be successful. To ensure the best care for our foster children, we offer our parents expert, individualized support, including:
• 24-hour emergency and on-call crisis support
• Foster parent support groups
• A multi-disciplinary treatment team that provides services designed to maximize the potential of each child.
• Careful matching of foster family and foster child
UMFS offers adoption services free-of-charge to families who adopt a special needs child or children. The majority of children in Virginia who need adoptive homes are eight years old and older. Others are sibling groups that need to stay together. Some children are developmentally disabled or have medical needs. Families adopting a special needs child may also be eligible for state and federal adoption subsidies.
Adoptive Family Preservation (AFP)
Adoption is a lifelong commitment. Adoptive Family Preservation provides services important to preserving the adoptive family in the months or even years after finalization. Whether you adopted through UMFS or another agency, our trained staff provides adoption support, counseling, education, crisis intervention, and support groups for parents and children.