Foster Care Chesapeake, VA
UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, empowering all to maximize their potential and contribute to society as engaged citizens. Our goal is to help children overcome circumstances posed by various experiences and set them on their path to future success.
Wherever you are located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you will find a convenient UMFS location that’s ready to help you and your family find perspective and purpose.
UMFS provides a full spectrum of services to Chesapeake children, families and communities as a whole. While we are known for our treatment foster care and adoption services, we also offer the following:
- Adoptive Family Preservation
- Residential Treatment
- Project LIFE
- Intensive Care Coordination
- Family Support Partners
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the services we offer.
Our Nearest UMFS Office to Chesapeake
The Tidewater location of UMFS is in Virginia Beach and serves the Eastern region of Virginia including:
- Virginia Beach
- Newport News
- and Isle of Wight.
Services we Offer
Treatment Foster Care
As opposed to simply “Foster Care”, children in treatment foster care have experienced multiple moves or have emotional trauma. This is where UMFS shines in our ability to pair a child with the right family and parents and also offer parents 24/7 on-call support, local support groups, and individual strategies for each child in foster care. The choice to become a foster parent is one of the most fulfilling and impactful decisions you can make to improve the lives of foster children and teens.
UMFS offers a helping hand throughout the entire adoption process and ensures that children and youth are placed in families with the utmost care and support. During the adoption process we strive to promote healthy attachments between parents and children and offer support services like parenting classes, workshops and support groups for adoption.
Family Support Partners
UMFS is proud to be a provider of Family Support Partners, a program aimed to assist families struggling with children who have mental or emotional challenges. Family support partners provide emotional support, advocacy, and education to families struggling to access available services and express their voice and choice.
Becoming a foster parent in Chesapeake, VA!
With over 5,000 children in foster care in Virginia, we always need foster parents. In order to become a licensed foster parent in Virginia, there are various qualifications and requirements to start the process. Click below to learn more about the process, training, support, and more!
Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care
Who are the children that I would foster? The children in foster care represent all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. They are frequently part of a sibling group or teens.
What happens when the child is unable to return home? When a child is unable to return home, a plan is developed to provide permanency for him.
Can I adopt a child through the foster system? Yes, in Virginia, 60% of foster youth are adopted by their foster parents.
I’m single. Am I able to be a foster parent? Yes, more than 100,000 single persons across the nation are foster parents.
See What Others Say About Working with UMFS
“I’ve been with UMFS for 2 yrs now. Fostering these children is a privilege and so rewarding. As an organization, they truly are amazing. The TFC workers are always there to help any time of day, no matter what. Staff, mentors, counseling services. … not one complaint. Ongoing training and a sense of unity and family. If you’re considering foster or foster to adopt, please consider UMFS as your choice. They truly are the best. #EvenSupermanHadFosterParents”
★★★★★ – Victoria Phillips MacLean
“This agency is very positive and care about their resource parents and children. Services that you need for your foster child they have referrals to help and assist you. UMFS is there when you need them.”
★★★★★ – LaToya Smith
Learn more about becoming a foster parent and get in touch with UMFS today!