Foster Care Virginia Beach, VA
Our UMFS mission extends beyond our headquarters in Richmond, VA and down to Virginia Beach and its surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on helping empower at risk teens and children through our treatment foster care, adoption services, Family Care and Independent Living programs.
Services In Virginia Beach
Although UMFS is known best for our treatment foster care treatment and adoption services, we provide a continuum of care to children, families, and the surrounding community such as:
- Treatment Foster Care
- Adoption Family Preservation
- Intensive Care Coordination
- Family Support Partners
- Project LIFE
If you have any questions about the services we offer or would like to speak with a staff member please contact us.
Our Nearest UMFS Office to Virginia Beach
1300 Diamond Springs Rd, Suite 401
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Our Tidewater office is located in Virginia Beach and serves the whole of Eastern Virginia. We offer regular hours during weekdays for treatment foster care, adoption services, and our family programs and also can be on call 24/7 for treatment foster care questions or needs outside of our normal business hours.
More About Our 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 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 in entire adoption process and ensures that children and young adults are placed in families with the utmost care and support. During the adoption process we strive to healthy attachments between parents and children and offer support services like parenting classes and workshops, support groups for adoption, 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 provides a therapeutic treatment center and our Charterhouse school to help address issues and empower children ages 11-18 to build on their strengths.
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 to empowered.
Family Support Partners
UMFS is proud to be the only provider in Central Virginia 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.
For at risk children who need extra support UMFS provides therapeutic mentors to support, train, and coach kids ages 8-21. Our experience gives opportunities for success to children and young adults who have emotional or behavioral challenges.
Specialized education is a service UMFS offers to children with intellectual differences such as autism or those who struggle in a standard school setting. These children can receive a comprehensive education through our Charterhouse Schools. Children who attend our school will receive education, licensed and accredited, from highly trained staff, teacher, and behavioral specialists to help students find the strength and confidence to achieve success in school.
Becoming a foster parent in Virginia Beach, 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 have been with UMFS for [approximately] 17 years it has been a very rewarding experience. The staff at UMFS are the best they are always available when needed and do everything they can to help.”
★★★★★ – Debra Brackett
“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!