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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. […]

October 15, 2018

Tips for supporting co-workers with disabilities

By Ashley Thompson Workplaces are becoming more inclusive and are seeing past individuals’ disabilities to tap into the best of their abilities. Even in this improving atmosphere, however, you may be unsure of how you can best support your coworker with a disability. What follows are a few general tips, however, it is important to […]

October 9, 2018

Carol’s Tips: Parenting amidst flashing lights and goofy bleeps

By Carol E. Henderson, LCSW There are so many folks who want to blame technology for all our children’s problems. Well, I think they are all correct… sort of. If you talk to a neuroscientist about how we are wired, he or she will tell you that we are not wired to interact with technology […]

October 1, 2018

ELCA week of service provides community support

By Ariana Estes The annual ELCA Day of Service, “God’s work, Our Hands,” happened on Sunday, Sept. 9, and kicked off the annual Virginia Synod Week of Service. Lutheran Family Services of Virginia had an outpouring of support this year as congregations came together to serve our organization through their service projects. Here is a […]

Becoming a foster parent (Part one): The information meeting

By Mandy Tennity Become a foster parent, make a difference! There are over 5,000 children in foster care in Virginia. There is always a need for qualified foster homes. On average, people think about fostering or adopting a child for a year before reaching out to any agencies to learn more. There is no correct […]

September 26, 2018

Remembering Robbie

A beloved member of the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia family passed away this week. James Robert “Robbie” Rouse, was 16. Many LFSVA employees were close to Robbie, and the entire organization is saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mikey, his great-grandmother, the rest of Robbie and Mikey’s family, and the […]

August 30, 2018

Carol’s parenting tips: Take it or toss it

By Carol E. Henderson, LCSW No matter how your child came into your life, I am willing to bet that a handbook was not included. Yeah, none of my three kids came with one either. And each of my kids is so different, I have sometimes worried that the hospital gave me the wrong baby. […]

August 20, 2018

Lutheran Children’s Home of the South celebrates a reunion

Alumni of the Lutheran Children’s Home of the South recently gathered for a reunion at what is now student housing at Roanoke College. The group toured the old buildings, took photos and enjoyed catching up with one another. “It’s like a big homecoming and we just love each other just like we were sisters. It’s like […]

June 12, 2018

An apartment of his own

By Dan Montgomery Nathaniel Freeman-Gayle’s Danville apartment is not fancy. It does not have a spectacular view out its windows, and, being a basement unit, there aren’t many windows anyway. But it is clean and tidy, and it’s the place where Nathaniel is proud to live — by himself.  Showing a guest around his place, Nathaniel demonstrated how he makes his bed, […]

June 9, 2018

LFSVA honors 2018 Hearts & Hands Award Winners

Hearts & Hands Diamond Service Award A leader putting in the hours and relishing the relationships  It should be no surprise that the Helping Hands Clothes Closet is full of clothes. But this two-story former parish house next to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lynchburg is full of clothes; racks and racks and bins and bins and shelves and […]

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