Kinship Treatment Foster Care

LEADING with a KIN FIRST Philosophy

A wide body of research supports the notion that children do best with kin and that family connections are vital to healthy child development, sense of belonging and to preserving a child’s cultural identity and relationship to their community.

To LEARN MORE about our kinship services or to REFER a child call:

804.353.4461 (Richmond Office)
540.898.1773 (Fredericksburg Office)
703.941.9008 (Northern Virginia Office)
757.490.9791 (Tidewater Office)
434.447.8630 (South Hill Office)
434.846.2002 (Lynchburg Office)
434.391.3076 (Farmville Office)

What is Kinship Treatment Foster Care?

Kinship Care is defined as the full-time care, nurturing, and protection of a child by relatives, members of their Tribe or clan, or godparents, stepparents, or other adults who have a family relationship to a child (often referred to as fictive kin).

Kinship Treatment Foster Care serves children and youth with treatment needs who are placed in out of home care with family members or fictive kin.  Access to the full array of training, services, and supports available through treatment foster care are provided to families to promote safety, stability, and permanency.

Click to read an interview with Adalay Wilson, Vice President of Programs at UMFS.

A Deep History

Kinship care predates the formal child welfare system, which was not created until the 19th century.  This system was originally designed to care predominately for orphaned European immigrant children. To learn more about the history of kinship care and our kin first philosophy, download our white paper here.

Accessing Our Kinship Services

At UMFS, we work with the local department of social services to find and place a child that has been identified as appropriate for securing connections and/or permanency. We can begin our support through our family finding services if a child’s kin has not already been located, or we can partner with an identified family to provide training and support.

UMFS’ Training and Approval process is specifically designed with kin in mind. We have modified our language in all documentation, and all staff are trained in Traditions of Caring – a model for supporting kinship caregivers. Traditions of Caring was created out of nine needs identified by kinship families and can be made to fit each family’s specific needs. Our social workers are trained Family Finders and have at least a Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience working in child welfare.

Stories of Success

“It’s best to keep the bonds of family strong.” – Sherrika Jones

When Sherrika Jones learned in 2015 that she had a young cousin in foster care, she and her husband immediately contacted social services and expressed their desire to adopt.

Watch the video below to learn more about Sherrika and George’s experience with UMFS and Kinship Treatment Foster Care, or read about their experience by clicking here.

Research Based with Proven Outcomes

Research shows* that children raised in the care of kin (or fictive kin):

* The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center, Stepping Up For Kids, 2012

Hard Things Are Worth Doing

Interested in taking a deeper dive into the process and learning more about the impact of Kinship Treatment Foster Care from a family’s perspective? For 18 years, Naomi has played more than just the role of aunt to her nephew David. With the help of Kinship Care, Naomi and her husband, Chris, are now David’s legal guardian. Watch the interview for their heartwarming story.

Together We Can Increase Connections

We believe together we can increase family connections and outcomes for our communities. To learn more about our Kinship Treatment Foster Care services or to refer a child, please click on the heart nearest you for more information:

Richmond Regional Center

3900 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230
804.353.4461
804.355.2334
richmond@umfs.org

Services
  • Intensive Residential Treatment
  • Specialized Education – Charterhouse School
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Adoption Services
  • Adoptive Family Preservation
  • Intensive Recruitment
  • Intensive Care Coordination
  • Family Support Partners
  • Project LIFE
Northern Virginia Regional Center

5400 Shawnee Rd
Suite 303
Alexandria, VA 22312
703.941.9008
703.750.0621
nova@umfs.org

Services
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Adoption Services
  • Extreme Recruitment
  • Project LIFE
Leland House

13525 Leland Road
Centreville, VA 20120
703.222.3558
703.803.7130
leland@umfs.org

Services
  • Short-term Crisis Stabilization for Fairfax County
Child & Family Healing Center

3900 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230
804.239.1277
804.353.3061
CFHC@umfs.org

Services
Farmville Office

306 E 3rd St
Suite B
Farmville, VA 23901
434.391.9076
434.391.9077
farmville@umfs.org

Services
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Adoptive Family Preservation
  • Therapeutic Mentoring
  • Project LIFE
Fredericksburg Regional Center

1320 Central Park Blvd
Suite 310
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540.898.1773
540.898.5523
fredericksburg@umfs.org

Services
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Adoption Services
  • Adoption Support
  • Community-based Services
Lynchburg Regional Center

2420 Memorial Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501
434.846.2002
434.846.3535
lynchburg@umfs.org

Services
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Adoptive Family Preservation
  • Extreme Recruitment
  • Therapeutic Mentoring
  • Project LIFE
Tidewater Regional Center

1300 Diamond Springs Rd
Suite 401
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
757.490.9791
757.490.8324
tidewater@umfs.org

Services
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Intensive Care Coordination
  • Adoption Services
  • Adoptive Family Preservation
  • Extreme Recruitment
  • Therapeutic Mentoring
  • Project LIFE
South Central Regional Center

828 N Mecklenburg Ave
Suite B
South Hill, VA 23970
434.447.8630
434.447.8650
southhill@umfs.org

Services
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Adoption Services
  • Adoptive Family Preservation
  • Extreme Recruitment
  • Therapeutic Mentoring
  • Project LIFE
Charterhouse School

3900 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
804.239.1080
info@chs4u.org

Services
  • Specialized Education
Charterhouse School–Edinburg

508 Picadilly Street
Edinburg, VA 22824
540.984.6266
info-edinburg@chs4u.org

Services
  • Specialized Education
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