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What is Kinship Care? UMFS VP of Programs Adalay Wilson Explains

The following is an interview with Adalay Wilson, Vice President of Programs at UMFS. She’s been with the agency since 1989. Through the Kinship Care program, Adalay and her team are helping youth in the foster care system connect with extended family and other close supports.

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Celebrating the UMFS Scholarship Recipients

Each year at the UMFS Scholarship Reception, it’s our distinct honor to celebrate the young adults who are following their dreams of higher education.

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“Not as Fortunate in Other Parts of the World.” Through Collaboration, UMFS Youth Counselor Brings Clean Water to Native Liberia

Georgia Thompson-Bates is an overnight youth counselor at the UMFS Child & Family Healing Center in Richmond. A native of West Africa, Georgia recently traveled to her hometown in Liberia to install a hand pump to bring clean water to families there. The project was funded by money raised by staff and students at UMFS.  […]

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Unwavering Champion of the Month Mike Hollister

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for children, teens, 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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“Some Kids Have No Family to Call.” Volunteer Mentors Provide Invaluable Service for Youth

Verbalizing the value of volunteers can be difficult for some, but not so much for those who have been beneficiaries of their selfless generosity.

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UMFS Statement on A Way Forward

Over the past several years, United Methodists around the world have been focused on A Way Forward and its implications for the future of The United Methodist Church.

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120 Years and Beyond: A Message From UMFS President and CEO Greg Peters

  Greg Peters is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and President and CEO of UMFS. He’s been with the agency since 1980. As we begin 2020, UMFS celebrates 120 years of service to children, teens and families.

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Unwavering Champion of the Month Danielle Pitchford

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for children, teens 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. We’re delighted to announce Danielle Pitchford as our Unwavering Champion […]

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Child & Family Healing Center (Part III): Curious Not Furious

People do well if they can. A fairly simple statement, to be sure, and one that’s recognized as a guiding principal across UMFS. And to help people do well, you must understand where they’re coming from.

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UMFS Child & Family Healing Center (Part II): Helping Youth Heal

Cottage Manager Tavis Foushee and Senior Manager of Residential Life Dana Ray have witnessed quite a lot in their combined 33 years at UMFS Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC): an adolescent with trauma so severe they’d lie on the ground gagging for hours;

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