News and Events

Celebrating Our Talented UMFS Team

Passionate! Great! Strong! UMFS employees are many things, but above all they are unwavering champions for children and families. It was an absolute pleasure to celebrate our talented UMFS team at our annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon.

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UMFS Campus Tour

UMFS Welcomes You to Campus. Get a peek behind the scenes and learn more about UMFS. Join us for a free tour of the Richmond campus. You’ll learn a bit about our history, hear stories about the high-risk children, teens, and families we serve, and get an update on the ways our Richmond campus will […]

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UMFS Recreation Therapy: Engaging Through Activity

Rock climbing, running marathons, and yoga: These are just a few of the ways UMFS Recreation Therapist Liz Creasman is engaging with young people at UMFS. The Recreation Therapy program is bringing activity and excitement to residents at the UMFS Child & Family Healing Center. Many thanks to Liz for joining us as a guest blogger […]

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Retiring UMFS Chief Administrative Officer Jay Ziehl has “Forged Incredible Relationships”

Jay Ziehl’s elation was still palpable nearly 36 hours after the University of Virginia men’s basketball team etched its name in history with its first NCAA national championship. “Here, take a look,” Jay said excitedly as he shared iPad video footage from the energetic watch party he attended at UVA’s John Paul Jones Arena.

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Rallying Around Roger: Teen Triumphed Over Trouble

Roger took a seat at the head of the large wooden table that occupies a private conference space in a South Chesterfield library. Sitting opposite Roger was his mother, Linda. To Roger’s left was his stepfather, Mike, and younger brother, Mikey. The family gathers here sometimes for meetings.

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Honeymoons, Hiccups, and Hope: Raising Our Adopted Girls

Kathleen and Matthew Palmer adopted sisters Lizzy (pictured left) and Emily through UMFS 12 years ago. This is Kathleen’s second guest blog post for UMFS, and we’re grateful for such a personal firsthand account of adoption.

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How the Palmer Family Came to Be

Kathleen and Matthew Palmer adopted sisters Lizzy (pictured far left) and Emily (far right) through UMFS 12 years ago when the girls were 6 and 9 years old. They’re now 18 and 21. We’re grateful to Kathleen for reaching out to us and sharing the story below, which she originally published on her blog.

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How Trauma Impacts Children: “It’s like some of their pages are torn and ripped out.”

Reflecting on a childhood that was punctuated by fighting, fleeing, and fury, foster care alumna Ana Tello-Duran offered this heartbreaking and sobering commentary. “I didn’t think I was going to be anything.”

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Mariko Saito

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 name 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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UMFS Unwavering Champion Nate Madden

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 one of our colleagues as the Unwavering Champion of the Month for going above and beyond in upholding our agency’s mission and values. We’re pleased to announce our Unwavering Champion […]

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