Over the last 125-plus years, Lutheran Family Services has evolved from an orphanage in Salem, Virginia, to an agency of 400-strong employees who help create abundant possibilities for individuals through our commonwealth.
The people of Lutheran Family Services help children in foster care find temporary or permanent families, help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live and thrive in their communities, and help children with emotional and behavioral challenges find success in the classroom, their family and life.
Lutheran Family Services continues to be driven by, and shaped by, its mission, vision and core values:
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia expresses God’s love by providing services and assistance to empower communities, families and individuals in their journey to well-being.
In 2013, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Lutheran Children’s Home of the South. Founded in 1888 by the Rev. William S. McClanahan and supported by Lutheran congregations, the Home provided care and education for more than 1,000 children. We invite you to take a look at our rich history.
Lutheran Family Services is a proud member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA), one of the largest health and human services networks in the country. The LSA network of more than 300 members touches the lives of 1 in 50 people each year in thousands of communities across the U.S. and the Caribbean.