Foster Care in Fairfax, VA
Here at UMFS, it is our goal to empower every child to realize their potential with our comprehensive array of programs. We strive to help at-risk children in Virginia overcome their circumstances and successfully contribute to society. Our hope is to create a world where opportunity and generosity are passed down from generation to generation. After all, we are not just here to help children, but families and communities as well.
Foster Care & Adoption Services
We provide a variety of treatment foster care and adoption services to Fairfax children, families, and the surrounding community. We also provide the following services:
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. In addition, we offer parents 24/7 on-call support, local support groups, and individual strategies for each child in foster care.
UMFS offers a helping hand in the entire adoption process. We ensure that children are placed in families with the utmost care and support. During the adoption process, we strive to create healthy attachments between parents and children. We do this by offering support services like parenting classes, workshops, support groups, and adoption counseling.
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 along with the Charterhouse School provide innovative treatment for children ages 11-18. The programs focus on building their strengths regardless of past experience.
Intensive Care Coordination
Our intensive care program is highly individualized. This program supports children and teens at risk of being in and out of home placement. A single integrated Plan of Care is written by UMFS and implemented with monthly meetings. Regular check-ins are scheduled to help families feel comfortable and children to feel empowered.
Family Support Partners
UMFS is proud to be a provider of Family Support Partners. The program aims to assist families struggling with children who have mental or emotional challenges. Family support partners provide emotional support, advocacy, and education to families. The goal is to provide more access to services and allow families to express both their voice and choice.
Specialized education is a service UMFS offers to children with intellectual differences who struggle in a standard school setting. These children can receive a comprehensive education through our onsite Charterhouse Schools.
Becoming a Foster Parent in Fairfax, VA!
With over 5,000 Virginia children in foster care, 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!
Foster Care & Adoption Resources
In addition to training and support services we also offer an array of online resources. These resources are meant to help both current and potential foster parents. We hope that these resources can help you.
See What Others Say About UMFS
“UMFS offers a first class experience in working with the foster care system. They provide excellent training, support, and trauma-informed care to work with children who need therapeutic foster care homes. They go above and beyond when you are faced with a crisis and are available 24/7 to help. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!!”
“Working for UMFS for the last 5 years has been a wonderful and inspiring experience. I’ve witnessed so many incredible stories of empowerment, support, and healing. It’s an honor to support the work of talented and passionate social workers, youth counselors, teachers, therapists, parent support partners, trainers, mentors, tutors, and foster/adoptive parents who relentlessly pursue solutions for children and families in need of assistance.”
Learn more about becoming a foster parent and get in touch with UMFS today!
Nearest UMFS Office to Fairfax
The Northern Virginia (NOVA) location of UMFS is conveniently located in Alexandria right off of rt. 395, minutes from the beltway. UMFS NOVA serves the communities of Northern VA, including the Cities of Arlington, Alexandria and Winchester, the Counties of Prince William, Fairfax, Loudoun, Frederick, Manassas, and Page.
*Treatment Foster Care staff provide 24/7 on-call coverage outside of normal business hours.