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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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

Golf outing FORE the kids

Yesterday a group of kids from our Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC) visited The First Tee Golf Facility in Richmond for an afternoon of golf. The trip marks the end of several weeks of instruction from Joe Torrence, UMFS’ minister of youth and church relations who happens to be an ace golfer :). “This […]


Evidence-Based and Empirically Informed Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth

BECOME A CERTIFIED CSOTP Joann Schladale, MS, LMFT, will offer a 5 1/2 day training in Richmond, VA. The training will include: Sexual harm evaluation and assessment Clearly defined and structured trauma-informed treatment approach Etiology and developmental issues of problem and criminal sexual behavior Juvenile justice and legal issues relating to criminal sexual behavior Treatment […]


What types of kids end up in foster care?


The children UMFS places have had the hardest time due to behavioral or medical issues, multiple placements within the foster care system, traumatic experiences, or their advanced age. They need a higher level of care and attention. UMFS is behind the adults who become foster parents to these children every step of the way. Learn […]


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