Child & Family Healing Center
We put kids on the road to academic, emotional and social success. Through family-focused and youth guided treatment plans, we will lead your child on a path to a healthier and fulfilling life. Our broad-based, collaborative team brings together experts in psychiatry, social work, nursing, special education, verbal and non-verbal therapies and counseling to prepare young people for a brighter future, as part of a family and as part of a community. We are members of the Association of Children’s Residential Centers – seeking best practices from the field of residential child care and services for families.
- Males, females, and gender diverse children who are 11 to 17 years old at admission
- Children without significant and/or recent running away incidents and fire setting behaviors (evaluated on a case by case basis)
- Minimum IQ of 65 with at least 4 to 6 grade academic achievement (call to discuss)
- Children who identify as LGBTQ
- Girls who are not pregnant
Our areas of expertise include:
- Trauma and attachment (including but not limited to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder)
- Problem sexual behaviors
- Autism and other neurological differences (e.g., mild traumatic brain injury)
How We Help
At UMFS, relationships are our building blocks. We focus on helping children have healthy relationships — with themselves, their families and other peers and adults — while discovering their strengths. We do not use a level system, but instead focus on helping children gain responsibilities and opportunities by building healthy and trusting relationship with our staff. The integrated growth approach guides our interventions and individual treatment plans with four building blocks:
- Belonging: getting to know us and building of your support network
- Mastery: beginning to master thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in positive and healthy ways
- Independence: having self-initiative and using safety plans on a regular basis
- Generosity: being a role model to other children and showing generosity of spirit
UMFS believes that children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges can and do overcome them to succeed. Research shows that many of these children lack the skill, not the will, to behave well. In much of the same way that children with learning disabilities require a different method of teaching, children with behavioral challenges require a different approach to problem solving and frustration tolerance. UMFS uses an approach called Collaborative Problem Solving to help challenging children and their adult caretakers learn to resolve conflict. This strengths-based approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching high-risk kids the skills they need to succeed.
While at Child & Family Healing Center, students attend Charterhouse School. Visit the website to learn more.
We are licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and are Medicaid approved.