December 31, 2020
Many will remember 2020 as a particularly difficult year, and a year in which some families experienced major disruptions to their day-to-day. The good news? Acts of kindness abound, thanks to the power of caring and collaboration that’s found throughout the greater Fredericksburg community.
November 23, 2020
There’s a charisma about Jadie that’s evident from the moment you meet her. Her infectious laugh, kind smile, and gentle demeanor take center stage. But the Charterhouse School sophomore is quick to remind us it hasn’t always been like this.
October 16, 2020
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.
October 15, 2020
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.
October 12, 2020
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 […]
September 23, 2020
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 […]
September 18, 2020
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.
July 23, 2020
Sometimes a mediator; sometimes a surrogate; always an unwavering champion for children, teens, and families.
May 20, 2020
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.