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Finding Their Forever Family

“Mr. Britt is unique,” reflected UMFS Family Support Specialist Melissa Lee. Michael Britt is a single father who created a loving home for his son Corjah, 14. In 2014, he got a call that would change his life, and dramatically expand his family.

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Former Foster Youth Sophia Booker Presents at a National Social Work Conference

Sophia Booker is a former foster youth. As a teenager, she was encouraged to attend UMFS’ Project LIFE, a program for foster youth which prepares them for life as an adult and helps them form positive, stable connections with caring adults in their life. Project LIFE had a big impact on Sophia.

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A Lifetime Connection – UMFS Donor Champions John & Carolyn Wake

“My connection with UMFS started when I was a little girl,” reflected Carolyn Wake. UMFS was founded in 1900 as an orphanage, and local churches helped support the orphans who lived there. Carolyn fondly remembers an orphan named Audrey who often stayed with her family for the weekend. After John and Carolyn were married and […]

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Brittany Stevens

Each month UMFS recognizes one of our employees as the Unwavering Champion of the Month. This award celebrates the UMFS mission and how our employees bring that mission to life. Our mission: UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential.

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The Courage to Succeed – Volunteer Champion: Joyce Lancaster

The first thing you notice when meeting Joyce Lancaster is her big warm welcoming smile, which is often accompanied by her cheerful laugh. Joyce’s warm personality helps her connect with the students she tutors in the UMFS Courage to Succeed program.

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Speaking Up for Virginia’s Children

“I was extremely nervous, but also extremely excited,” shared Sophia. Sophia Booker was one of three youth moderators at the Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Forum. The September 8th event was sponsored by Voices for Virginia’s Children to enable Virginians to hear the candidates’ positions on key children’s issues.

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Charterhouse School Culinary Students: Changing Lives One Dish at a Time

The menu for today is rack of lamb served with roasted asparagus, glazed carrots and quinoa, with a berry trifle for dessert. You might think you’re dining in a five star restaurant, but this menu was developed and prepared by the UMFS Charterhouse School culinary students.

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Melissa Lee

Each month UMFS recognizes one of our employees as the Unwavering Champion of the Month. This award celebrates the UMFS mission and how our employees live it out every day. Our mission: UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential.

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Family Comes in Many Forms

“We’re going off-roading now,” said Chip, 27, to his 16-year-old brother Justin. For many teenage boys, that would be an exciting adventure. But when you’re medically fragile and use a wheelchair, it can be quite frightening. That’s when Deborah Nickerson knew she really needed help. Her home’s wheelchair ramp was broken and scaring her children.

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A Day in the Life of UMFS Support Staff

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for high-risk children and families. Our staff includes many talented social workers, teachers, counselors, and therapists. We also have dedicated support staff in disciplines including administration, IT, finance, and HR who help keep the agency running in the background. Today we’re talking with HR Benefits Manager Aric Alvarez to […]

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