Foster Care in Petersburg, VA
UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, working with communities to guide them to their maximum potential. Our goal is to assist you in overcoming circumstances posed by various experiences and set you on your path for future success.
Whether it be at our main campus in Richmond, or all across Virginia, our mission is to help children and families gain perspective and find their purpose.
Although known for our treatment foster care and adoption services, UMFS also provides a range of care to Petersburg children, families and the community as a whole, including:
- Adoptive Family Preservation
- Intensive Residential Treatment
- Therapeutic Mentoring
- Project LIFE
- Family Support Partners
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the services we offer.
Our Nearest UMFS Office to Petersburg
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.
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.
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.
Becoming a foster parent in Petersburg, 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
“We chose UMFS as our agency because they offer so many ways to support youth in foster care. From group homes to schools, fostering to adoption, community outreach to political action, they are fully immersed in helping children. The agency workers are responsive and knowledgeable and the agency provides consistent training. Can’t recommend UMFS enough!”
★★★★★ – Allison Spears
“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 crisis and are available 24/7 to help. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!”
★★★★★ – LeAnne Carr
Learn more about becoming a foster parent and get in touch with UMFS today!