Foster Care Chester, VA
At UMFS our mission extends beyond our headquarters in Richmond, VA and down south to Chester and its surrounding areas. Through treatment foster care, adoption services and independent living programs, we pride ourselves on empowering at risk youth whether it’s at our main campus or across the Commonwealth.
UMFS is recognized throughout Virginia for our treatment foster care and adoption services, but we also provide a variety of care and services to the Chester community and the children and families who live here, including:
- Residential Treatment
- Therapeutic Mentoring
- Project LIFE
- Intensive Care Coordination
- Family Support Partners
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about our services or to speak to a staff member, we’re here to help!
Our Nearest UMFS Office to Chester
The Richmond Campus is UMFS’ main base for foster care, residential treatment, adoption, private day school for specialized education and community-based services. This location serves the following areas:
- Richmond City
- Charles City
- Prince George
- New Kent
- and Caroline.
Our Charterhouse School is onsite which serves both day students from the greater Richmond area and students who live at the Child & Family Healing Center.
Services we Offer
Treatment Foster Care
As opposed to traditional 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.
Intensive Care Coordination
Our intensive care program is highly individualized and works to support children up to age 21 who are currently in or at risk of being in, an out-of-home placement. A single integrated Plan of Care is written by UMFS and implemented with monthly meetings and regular check ins to help families feel comfortable and children empowered.
The residential treatment program is available for children and young adults who are facing serious behavioral or emotional issues. The Child and Family Healing Center provides a therapeutic treatment center and our Charterhouse school to help address issues and empower children ages 11-18 to build on their strengths.
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 Chester, 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
“The staff, volunteers, and supporters of UMFS are truly unwavering champions for high-risk children and families! Most of the kids served by UMFS would not make it in the world without the support of these superheroes!”
★★★★★ – Angie Seckler Williams
“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!