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Celebrating Nancy Toscano, Ph.D., LCSW, the Next UMFS President & CEO

Nancy Toscano is a solutions-finder, a thought leader, and a visionary. She’s devoted the last 25 years not only to helping children, teens, and families find ways forward during difficult times, but also to her own continued learning and the professional growth of herself and others.

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Celebrating Greg Peters, LCSW, the Outgoing UMFS President & CEO

It’s difficult to define the impact and significance of Greg Peters’ 40-years of service to children, teens, and families. If given just a word, it would be accurate to summarize his career as transformative.

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UMFS President & CEO Greg Peters to Retire; COO Nancy Toscano Named Successor

Dear Unwavering Champions in the UMFS Community: Passion Unleashes Greatness is just one of our five core values at UMFS, but it’s one that speaks volumes in this moment. For 120 years, UMFS has adapted time and again to meet the changing needs of children, teens, and families, and we’ve been able to endure as […]

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The Case for Kinship Care

Every child has the right to grow up in a loving, safe and nurturing home environment with their parents, relatives or those with whom they have a family-like relationship. A wide body of research supports the notion that children do best with kin and that family connections are vital to healthy child development, sense of […]

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Generation to Generation: A Legacy Born at the Orphanage

Annie Mae Abernathy lived a life of generosity. She was committed to serving others and had an inherent desire to open her heart and home to children.

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UMFS Community Based Service Workers like Kyna “Extremely Willing” to Help During Health Crisis

Sometimes a mediator; sometimes a surrogate; always an unwavering champion for children, teens, and families.

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UMFS Next Steps Toward Social Equity

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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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