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August 1, 2017

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is now CARF Accredited

By Dan Montgomery Lutheran Family Services of Virginia just received a big, internationally recognized stamp of approval. After a months-long preparation process, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) granted LFSVA a three-year accreditation for its foster care and supported employment programs. “This tells the people and agencies we work with — or may […]

July 31, 2017

Harrisonburg Minnick Welcomes New Principal

By Ariana Estes Harrisonburg Minnick recently welcomed Diane McLean to its staff as new head principal. McLean comes to Harrisonburg Minnick with 13 years of special education classroom experience and 11 years in special education leadership roles. A Pennsylvania native, she holds a Bachelor of Education in both special education and elementary education from Kutztown […]

July 12, 2017

Disability-friendly Activities in Virginia

By Ariana Estes Accessibility and sensory situations can become barriers to a fun day out for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Technology has helped — developments like the upcoming Ability App and Google’s new feature to add wheelchair accessibility details offers a quick way to get information about a business. Still, these barriers can […]

July 6, 2017

LFSVA hopes to sell surplus property near Roanoke Regional Airport

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia has put up for sale about four acres of property adjacent to the Roanoke Minnick School’s main campus, near Roanoke Regional Airport. The sale would not affect land used by the Roanoke Minnick School itself. The property for sale, at the corner of Airport Road and Dent Road, in Roanoke County, is […]

July 5, 2017

Growing Beyond Limitations: The Summerlin Family’s Adoption Story

By Dan Montgomery Michael and Michelle Summerlin, of Newport News, knew they wanted to adopt. Sure, they had busy jobs and seven biological children, but they believed, strongly, that they could and should open their home to another child in need of a loving family.Gro Still, they recognized the need for some limits. “We started […]

June 23, 2017

Cinematherapy for Foster and Adoptive Families, and Individuals with Disabilities

By Bronwyn Robertson Why are movies, television shows, cartoons and videos so entertaining? Why do they have the power to engross viewers for hours on end, move them to both laughter and tears, and even inspire their insights and aspirations? Watching movies, television shows, cartoons and videos can be profoundly engaging and, in fact, quite […]

June 5, 2017

Disabilities, Foster Care and Adoption on Television: 7 Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer

By Ariana Estes Summer is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, but when the temperatures get a little too hot or the day is a complete wash-out, it can also be a good time to catch up on a great television series. We love seeing the people we serve reflected in fictional characters on […]

May 15, 2017

Remembering Kalena: The Lacy Family’s Foster Care Story

By Ariana Estes Kalena waited patiently to find a foster family that would be a match. She was 15 years old and had finished serving her time in juvenile detention for a non-violent crime – but with nowhere to go, she remained in the detention center waiting for a foster family. Shawnae and Michael Lacy […]

April 28, 2017

Five Ways to Help Foster Kids and Families

Lutheran Family Service of Virginia is always looking for great foster parents – but if you’re not ready to become a foster parent, there are plenty of other ways you can support foster children and their families. Here are 5 things you can do: Donate! By designating “Foster and adoptive families” on your donation, your […]

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Carol: Independent, healthy and giving back

It’s a windy, but sunny, spring day as the Meals on Wheels volunteers climb into the van to begin their route. Carol Barnes reads the first address and spells out the street name before opening her 11 a.m. snack to keep her blood sugar stable. Today her companions are Stuart and Brandon. All three are […]

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