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.

Our Mission

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Explore our summer 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

More children living in poverty in Va. now than at the lowest point of Great Recession

On Tuesday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT report. According to the survey, about 40,000 more Virginia children are living below the federal poverty line today than at the lowest ebb of the Great Recession. “The rising tide of the economic recovery did not lift all boats,” says Ted Groves, KIDS […]


FORE the kids Golf Tournament

Join us on Monday, October 26th at Stonehenge Country Club for our annual golf tournament to benefit our Children’s Greatest Needs Fund. What is the Children’s Greatest Needs Fund? All too frequently, children in foster care with UMFS have been taken from an unsafe or abusive home. They come to us with only the clothes […]


We need your help for The Amazing Raise


The Amazing Raise is the Richmond region’s 36-hour online giving challenge that inspires and empowers our community to support Central Virginia nonprofit organizations in an amazing way.  As  we’re writing this blog post, there are exactly  60 days, 15 hours, 55 minutes, and 52…no 51….seconds until The Amazing Raise giving day–and we need your help.  There are a […]


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