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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, […]

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 […]

November 16, 2017

Great Books for Beginning Your Adoption Story

Every adoption has a story, and every adoption story should be told! Our Treatment Foster Care and Adoption team shared their recommendations for books to read when growing your family through adoption. These picks will help your family grow together as your own adoption story flourishes. For Children and Parents “Families Change: A Book for […]

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 […]

November 14, 2016

Getting called back to the work

By Monica Cannon, Foster Parent Engagement Specialist I had often thought of the many children I had served at the group home and missed them. I knew there were so many children out there who still needed homes and my heart was tugging for me to get involved again in some way. So three years […]

September 23, 2016

How a Google Search Led Her Here

By Monica Cannon, Foster Parent Engagement Specialist What I stumbled upon in my random google search one afternoon while seeking a career change was a residential treatment facility in southern California where children who were victims of abuse and neglect lived — a group home, essentially. I reached out to them seeking a full-time child […]

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September 19, 2016

Watch: Jahem finds his forever home

The Logans demonstrate that fostering or adopting a child with special medical needs doesn’t mean just being a caregiver. The kids are still kids, the siblings are still siblings, the parents are still parents and the families are still families, with all the usual fun, humor, bonding, growth and love. Jahem was adopted two months […]

August 15, 2016

Radio Interview: Becoming a foster parent

Hear our Foster Parent Engagement Specialist Monica Cannon speak with Richmond radio host Kay Thomas about becoming a foster parent. Even if you’re not able to become a foster parent yourself, you’ll learn how the process works and what it means for the children we serve.

July 28, 2016

With a new family, Jahem goes from ‘patient to little boy’

By Dan Montgomery Lots of kids will start the school year with a new backpack, new shoes and new binders. One Richmond-area 12-year-old will arrive with a new name. Jahem has a new family, after all. As of a July 8, he is Jahem Emmanuel Logan, son of Joe and Celeste and brother of Joseph, […]

July 22, 2016

Treating Trauma: Body, Brain and Behavior

By Bronwyn Robertson, LPC (originally published in Adoption Today, June 2016) Joey is a quiet and shy child. The 5-year-old is prone to daydreaming and seems content to play alone. He rarely gets into trouble, unlike his 11-year-old brother Jonathan who is easily agitated and always seems to be angry. The brothers were removed from their […]

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