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Rallying Around Roger: Teen Triumphed Over Trouble

Roger took a seat at the head of the large wooden table that occupies a private conference space in a South Chesterfield library. Sitting opposite Roger was his mother, Linda. To Roger’s left was his stepfather, Mike, and younger brother, Mikey. The family gathers here sometimes for meetings.

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Honeymoons, Hiccups, and Hope: Raising Our Adopted Girls

Kathleen and Matthew Palmer adopted sisters Lizzy (pictured left) and Emily through UMFS 12 years ago. This is Kathleen’s second guest blog post for UMFS, and we’re grateful for such a personal firsthand account of adoption.

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How the Palmer Family Came to Be

Kathleen and Matthew Palmer adopted sisters Lizzy (pictured far left) and Emily (far right) through UMFS 12 years ago when the girls were 6 and 9 years old. They’re now 18 and 21. We’re grateful to Kathleen for reaching out to us and sharing the story below, which she originally published on her blog.

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How Trauma Impacts Children: “It’s like some of their pages are torn and ripped out.”

Reflecting on a childhood that was punctuated by fighting, fleeing, and fury, foster care alumna Ana Tello-Duran offered this heartbreaking and sobering commentary. “I didn’t think I was going to be anything.”

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Mariko Saito

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential. Each month, we name an employee as Unwavering Champion of the Month for going above and beyond in upholding our agency’s mission and values.

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Nate Madden

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential. Each month, we recognize one of our colleagues as the Unwavering Champion of the Month for going above and beyond in upholding our agency’s mission and values. We’re pleased to announce our Unwavering Champion […]

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Honoring David Will: Mitchell Wiggins Donates Scoreboard

Basketballs thumping against hardwood, rubber-soled tennis shoes screeching, and wooden bleachers rattling under the shuffling feet of spectators.

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A Homecoming by Happenstance

Kimberli Collett has devoted her entire career to helping children.

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Tara Pappas

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential. Each month, we recognize an employee as Unwavering Champion of the Month for going above and beyond in upholding our agency’s mission and values. We’re pleased to announce our Unwavering Champion for November, Tara […]

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Barbara’s Home Away From Home

Barbara Sadler was just 8 years old in 1945 when she made the 113-mile journey east from her home in Lynchburg.

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