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UMFS’ Charterhouse School – Edinburg is seeking staff

Do you feel an urgency to help children succeed? Are you inspired to work with children and families to help them reach their full potential? UMFS’ Charterhouse School is searching for substitute teachers and 1-to-1’s. Watch this short video of Sheila Hershey, a Charterhouse School teacher, describing what motivates her to serve our kids and their […]

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A note from the daughter of one of our foster families

Here’s a short note from the daughter of one of our foster families: My family started taking in foster kids when I was 8 years old. When I turned 13, my sister of four years moved out to start her adult life with her two little boys. This crushed me & I told my mom […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Tackett

How did you first get connected to UMFS? I first connected with UMFS through my church, Area 10 Faith Community. Volunteer leaders there knew about UMFS’ tutoring program and put me in touch with staff. I’ve been doing it for three years now and I enjoy it a lot. I go once a week and […]

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NOVA Foster Parent Training

Details Date: August 5 Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Event Category: Foster Parent Orientation Venue: Northern Virginia Regional Center 5400 Shawnee Road, Suite 101 Alexandria, VA 22312 United States Phone: 703.941.9008

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Tyler Finds His Super Family

Mandy and Brad Childres always wanted to be foster parents. They had talked for years before moving to Virginia from North Carolina. “It was something we’d had on our hearts for the last eight years,” says Brad,

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It’s Never Too Late for a Forever Family

On a Sunday morning this past spring at a small Methodist church 21-year-old Andrea stepped up to the pulpit to read an open letter from a mother about her children. Deliberately, Andrea read the mother’s words: “I was the last person you’d think would become a foster parent. I was successful, middle-aged, the mother of […]

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Fourth of July Safety Tips

The Fourth of July weekend is the perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends and enjoy the outdoors here’s a list of tips to help keep your family safe, happy and healthy all weekend long.

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Claire’s Adoption Story

Claire first came to UMFS as a treatment foster care placement after she had become aggressive towards one of her younger sisters. As with many foster placements, Claire’s treatment foster care was intended to be temporary, with the goal for her to return to her family.

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LGBT Pride Events

Join your LGBT community, family, friends and neighbors at these vigils and pride events in Virginia over the next several months.

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How to talk to your kids about violence

Parents–it’s your instinct to protect your kids. When horrific violence like what happened in Orlando this past weekend takes place, it’s only natural to want to shield your child or children from it. But with social media chronicling everything from silly cat videos to NASA landing on Mars, that’s just impossible. According to a report […]

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