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February 19, 2019

Children’s Challenging Behaviors — Free Training for Parents

A class for parents who have childrenand youth with mental health needs Minnick Schools-Wise6408 Glamorgan Chapel RoadWise, VA 24293 April 20, 20199 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More Information: Contact Laura May at lmay@namivirginia.org or 804-309-7924 ext. 204 To Register Online: Click this link. Training Information: • Provides information to help parents understand typical behaviors […]

January 29, 2019

Preventing compassion fatigue in foster and adoptive parents through therapeutic support and self-care

by Bronwyn Robertson, LPC Lutheran Family Services of Virginia’s Outpatient Mental Health in Tidewater is offering a therapeutic support and self-care group free of charge for foster and adoptive parents. This six-part, pilot program is facilitated by a licensed therapist who is certified in compassion fatigue and is experienced in the treatment of family trauma […]

Bedford Community Health Foundation grant brings new meals to group homes

By Ariana Estes Meal planning can be an overwhelming experience for even the most organized households. Picking meals that everyone will like and are quick to make can make the frozen food section very tempting. Now imagine juggling multiple dietary restrictions, different levels of cooking skills and specific budgeting on top of those basic meal […]

December 14, 2018

Becoming a foster parent (Part four): The matching process

By Desiree’ Sterling Once the foster parent certification process is complete, it’s time to match foster youth to the family. Matching takes much more care and consideration than simply placing a youth in a home with an available bed. A lot goes into the process ensuring the family and foster youth are a good fit […]

December 7, 2018

Celebrating holiday traditions

By Anna Underwood I looked at my phone. Ten text messages! It was my family, of course. They were discussing the annual cutting down of the Christmas tree, a family tradition. It is a tradition I keep up even though I live 3,000 miles away. Trekking out the Christmas tree farm, saw in hand, rain, […]

December 5, 2018

Backpack program provides essentials for student learning

By Ariana Estes Teachers know when a student has had a rough weekend or hasn’t had enough to eat since leaving school on Friday. Hungry students cannot focus on education and their behavior can be affected. At Lutheran Family Services of Virginia’s Minnick Schools, the goal is to educate children, meeting them where they are […]

Big moments of 2018

By Ariana Estes We’ve reached the final weeks of 2018, and what a year it’s been! Lutheran Family Services of Virginia has had so many wonderful things happen this year it would be impossible to recap it all, so here are a few of our biggest moments. Purchasing the Pine Street Group Home The purchase […]

November 19, 2018

Becoming a foster parent (Part three): The home study

By Mandy Tennity Home studies allow Lutheran Family Services of Virginia to prepare families as they consider adding to their families, better match the child who will best fit their home, and to determine whether there are any supports that will help a family be more successful. LFSVA’s home study process uses the Structured Analysis […]

October 22, 2018

Practicing gratitude

By Sarah DeCiucis In the busyness of life, it may be easy to overlook opportunities to provide simple acts of kindness and reflection. As we approach the holiday season, we are often reminded of the idea of thankfulness — the process of stepping back and looking at who and what we can be thankful for […]

October 17, 2018

Becoming a foster parent (Part two): Foster parent training

By Mandy Tennity The goal of foster parent training is to support and educate potential foster parents about kids in foster care, identify individual strengths and needs, and understand the overall structure of the foster care system. At Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, we have designed a comprehensive program to best serve our foster parents. […]

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