We’re all in this together

It’s been an unprecedented and challenging few weeks. Despite this, our team of unwavering champions has stepped up to ensure minimal disruption to our services. Our commitment to our mission has remained and so too has yours – for that, we thank you!

We’ve been so encouraged by your outpouring of support for the youth and families we serve, as well as for our staff, and will do everything we can to reciprocate.

The deep need for connection is critical to us both at this time, which is why we created this web page. Please see below for updates from UMFS regarding our services, how we’re responding to COVID-19, and resources for families, volunteers, and donors amidst this unprecedented time. We will be updating this page regularly, so please check back often!

Important Updates

Important Updates – 5/6/20

General Updates

  • We are continuing to serve children and families across the state through our community based services, moving to virtual environments where possible.
  • Our residential treatment centers, Child & Family Healing Center (Richmond) and Leland House (Fairfax), are temporarily restricting admissions to youth that are referred from another facility where there has been a minimum of 14-consecutive days of medical monitoring. We will continue to assess referrals on a case by case basis in an effort to reduce risk and maintain the safety of our current residents and staff. For information, please call 855.257.8637 (Child & Family Healing Center) or 703.222.3558 (Leland House).
  • Our need for foster parents continues to grow across the state. We are holding virtual information sessions to those interested in learning more. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, please click here.

Cancellations & Closures

  • The UMFS Richmond Campus and Regional Offices are currently closed to visitors.
  • All campus tours, volunteer activity, trainings, and events are cancelled until further notice.
  • If you have a question about the cancellation of a specific event or activity, please fill out the form below.

Health & Safety Procedures

  • COVID-19 Health Screening forms have been created for anyone entering UMFS property, as well as for families who will be receiving home visits.
  • Daily sanitizing efforts are taking place throughout our facilities and all staff are following guidance from the CDC regarding cleanliness measures.

Package Delivery to Residential Youth

If you have a child in one of our residential treatment centers (Child & Family Healing Center or Leland House) and plan to send them a package, please order and ship directly from a retailer. We will not be able to accept packages for our youth or staff that are delivered from a personal address.

Supporting UMFS

Make a Donation Make a Donation
Make a donation to support the children and families we serve at UMFS, and the therapists, youth counselors, foster parents, and social workers who are working around the clock to support them.

Amazon Wishlist Amazon Wishlist
Purchase an item from our Amazon Wish List, to provide fun games and activities for the children at UMFS. CLICK HERE to start shopping for children in the Child & Family Healing Center in Richmond. CLICK HERE to shop for children at Leland House in Fairfax. Please note that Amazon does not always tell us who sent each item to us. Please contact Kate Ockerman at kockerman@umfs.org to let us know when you make a purchase. Don’t forget about Amazon Smile while you’re shopping. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to UMFS if you log in at smile.amazon.com and search for UMFS. Due to health and safety concerns, we ask that you ship the items directly to us through Amazon. Please do not drop items off in person during this time.

Cards of Encouragement Cards of Encouragement
Write cards of encouragement to celebrate the UMFS Charterhouse School graduating seniors or to share care and support for the youth who have just been admitted into the UMFS residential care facilities in Richmond and Fairfax. CLICK HERE to sign up.

Supporting You

Click on the green boxes below to expand and review available resources for you and your family.

Family Resources

Family Resources

For Parents/Guardians

What Kids Want to Know About the Coronavirus

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

CDC Resources for Foster Family Home Providers

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease

Coping Skills for Dealing with the Coronavirus (Children and Parents) 

Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19 

Education Resources

Study Island at Home
Khan Academy
Typtastic – Build Typing Skills
AP Class Resources – study guides, quizzes, live trivia
Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic Books Read Aloud
VocabularySpellingCity– Spelling Lessons – Free with Code VSCFree90
Virtual Story Time
Reading Comprehension (grade 3-12)
Scholastic Literacy Program

Prodigy Math Games
Geometry Online Resource
Dr. Roger’s Math Neighborhood – YouTube Math Lessons for Teens
Cool Math 

Children’s Museum of Richmond Resources
Spy Museum Resources
Submit your stories to The Valentine Museum
Create a Time Capsule

Weekly Cooking Classes
Elementary Age Science Videos
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo– Animal Videos and Activities
Biology Simulations
Daily Science/Cooking Experiments

Free Stop Motion Kid’s Camp
Daily Tutorials from Famous Illustrators
Virtual Music LessonsUser name: Snow Password: 2020
Doodle Lessons with Mo Willems

Squirrels Baseball Curriculum
Action for Healthy Kids
PBS PE Lessons
Romp and Roll – Physical activities every day!
Cleveland Inner City Ballet Classes

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

Ten Percent Happier Mindfulness Tips

Yoga Shala Richmond – free guided meditation via Zoom

Movement and Mindfulness for kids – Go Noodle

Mindfulness App – ACT Companion: Happiness Trap.  Free with code TOGETHERNESS

Special Needs Resources

The Autism Society Central Virginia Monthly Newsletter

How to Create a Safe, Sensory-Friendly Backyard Landscape for Your Child With Special Needs

Wondermoms.org – A blog for families with a child or children with special needs

Q&A – Coming Soon

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