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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. […]

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 […]

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