Helping KIDS and families SOAR

As a nonprofit social service organization, we do whatever it takes to empower high-risk children, their families and communities throughout Virginia. From addressing behavioral and emotional issues to finding foster homes, UMFS never gives up.

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Christmas Gifts of Hope

Explore our Christmas gift catalog, and help give hope to kids in need.

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Purchases art supplies for students to participate in creative therapies.
Enables one child to participate in an animal-assisted therapy program.
Helps students develop skills in UMFS and Charterhouse School vocational education classes.
Purchases plants, seeds and gardening tools for the UMFS greenhouse.
Provides one iPad equipped with apps to help students with unique intellectual challenges learn in their own way.
Provides financial assistance to a student who lacks the resources to attend college.



Support for foster and adoptive families.

Residential Treatment

24-hour therapeutic support for children with a variety of challenges.

Specialized education

Therapeutic education for elementary, middle and high school students.

Community-Based Services

Helping families find existing support in their home area.

News and Events

Pop Smith Scholarship Committee accepting applications until November 30

The Pop Smith Scholarship fund provides financial assistance to students who have been served by UMFS and can benefit from post-secondary education including college or vocational training. The Scholarship Fund is named for Reverend E. Leon “Pop” Smith who was the executive director of the Virginia Methodist Children’s Home, now UMFS, from 1949 to 1974. […]


Register for the Nutzy Funn Run today

Save the date to walk or run in this year’s Nutzy FUNN Run Save the date! Join us on Saturday, December 5 for the fourth annual Nutzy’s Rotary Funn Run, a 5k race benefiting local children’s charities including UMFS, the Central Virginia Children’s Food Bank, and the Flying Squirrel’s Charities. More information is available on […]


Christmas Gifts of Hope Catalog now available


UMFS staff identified several much-needed items for our annual Christmas Gifts of Hope catalog–items that we cannot provide without your help. Become a champion for a child in need by donating toward one or more gifts in the catalog. Your donations become real gifts delivered into the hands of the children we serve. You can […]


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