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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 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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