'like everyone, individuals with disabilities deserve full, abundant lives'

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Developmental Services

Offering a community of care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Through our driving belief that everyone is worthy and deserves the best, we offer a wide community of care for those who need it most. Lutheran Family Services helps adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain lives of abundance, well-being and grace, close to family and loved ones. Broadening our programs to include services to adults with disabilities is a natural extension of our work with children with disabilities and their families. We rejoice that we can help individuals live and work in their communities with dignity safety and hope. Group homes, day support, in-home care and many other services are available in the Bedford, Charlottesville, Danville, Martinsville, Lynchburg, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Richmond, Roanoke and Fredericksburg areas.

Individual rights

All individuals supported by our agency live in a loving, healthy, nurturing family environment and are treated with respect and dignity.


  • To be treated with dignity and respect
  • To be told about your treatment
  • To have a say in your treatment
  • To speak with others in private
  • To have your complaints resolved
  • To say what you prefer
  • To ask questions and be told about your rights
  • To get help with your rights


  • Participate
  • Be truthful
  • Respect yourself
  • Respect others
  • Respect things that belong to others

If you need more information or feel that your rights have been violated, please contact a regional manager near you.

A long and rich history of care
for individuals with disabilities

Since the early 1980s, Lutheran Family Services has offered educational and therapeutic services to children with emotional, intellectual and developmental disabilities through our Minnick Schools and child and family services. Our services grew to include behavioral therapy for children on the autism spectrum, parent education groups for their families, outpatient mental health counseling for children in the foster care and adoption program, and vocational programming for students with complex needs.

Expanding our capacity to serve

Our desire to extend our work with children and families led us to move into serving adults who are coping with a wide spectrum of disability. In 2011, Lutheran Family Services purchased the Lamano Agency, a well-respected provider of programs to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with programs primarily in the western part of the state. The addition of the Lamano staff doubled our size, increased our leadership capacity in developmental services and allowed us to create a stronger network of care for individuals of all ages who are coping with some of life’s most difficult struggles. The joining of our work forces meant that we added group homes, Family Care homes, in-home services, and day support for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to our mix of programs and services.

With the addition of the seasoned and expert Lamano leadership team and staff, we have expanded our programs into northern Virginia and Tidewater, opened new group homes, refurbished existing group homes and day support programs, and recruited more family care home providers. In addition, we have and continue to expand our Minnick School campuses to further serve families whose children have complex special needs.

Affiliated with a nationwide services network

But even before our purchase of the Lamano Agency, LFSVA had been part of a pilot program to increase capacity among Lutheran-affiliated human services agencies to provide services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We continue to be active in the Lutheran Services of America Disability Network, which includes 25 member organizations providing support to more than 150,000 individuals in 32 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Continuing to build high-quality services

Our goal is to provide a seamless, lifespan array of services and supports to individuals with disabilities through an array of flexible, individualized, and high-quality community services in areas of Virginia where they are most needed. We will continue to expand choice for individuals and families, provide the highest possible quality of services and supports, and build the kinds of public and/or private provider partnerships that will help us sustain and build upon our successes.

Born of faith,
open to all.