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Barbara’s Home Away From Home

Barbara Sadler was just 8 years old in 1945 when she made the 113-mile journey east from her home in Lynchburg.

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“Before I Met You, I Was Crying All of the Time.” Family Support Partners Help Families in Crisis.

It’s not uncommon for the family of a child in crisis to feel helpless. Finding services for youth who require a high level of care can be challenging in and of itself, and when multiple resources are required, or there’s a financial hardship or language barrier, or just a simple lack of knowledge, the situation […]

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Alexa Hryciak

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential. Each month, we recognize an employee as Unwavering Champion of the Month for going above and beyond in upholding our agency’s mission and values.

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NOVA Family Overcoming Adversity Through UMFS Intensive Care Coordination

The frustration of being both autistic and nonverbal is sometimes more than Elliot can tolerate. The teen once became so angry that he hurled a drinking glass and busted the inner pane of the large bay window in the kitchen of his family’s Northern Virginia home.

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Embracing the Chance to Dance

Twelve-year-old Kenyon stands shoeless atop the sprawling padded mat that blankets the dance studio floor. He takes a breath, leans forward, places his hands on his knees and bends an ear toward his dance instructor, Justin Holloway. Kenyon’s eyes are fixed on Justin. Justin’s eyes are fixed on the floor-to-ceiling mirrors

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“UMFS Gave Me a Foundation.” Former Resident LaQuita Building Bright Future.

At just 30 years old, LaQuita has accomplished much. She’s a United States Navy veteran, a graduate student pursuing her doctorate, a wife, and a mother. But things could have been very different for LaQuita, who makes no bones about her past. “I was a handful,” said the UMFS Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC) […]

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Join us on Nov. 17 at Nutzy’s Rotary Funn Run

Round up your coworkers, family & friends for Nutzy’s Rotary Funn Run & Block Party on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood. Register at www.NutzyRotaryFunnRun.com.

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Kelly Trump

Each month, UMFS recognizes one of our employees as the Unwavering Champion of the Month. This award celebrates the UMFS mission and how our employees bring that mission to life. Our mission: UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential.

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From Detention to Diploma

Editor’s note  UMFS is proud to partner with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, AMIkids, and Evidence Based Associates as an alternative placement for children in detention. UMFS is committed to providing Virginia’s high-risk children with a team of lifelong unwavering champions and tools for success to become resilient adults. Mikey arrived at the UMFS […]

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UMFS Campus Tour

UMFS Welcomes You to Campus. Come and learn more about UMFS and the work we do across the state. The tour helps bring the agency to life while you walk around the Richmond campus. You also get to learn a bit of fun history, since we continue to operate today on the land where we […]

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