The Lutheran Family Services adoption and foster care programs offer supports and services that recognize the profound consequences of trauma for children and offer interventions to help them heal and move on to experience healthy family, school and community relationships. Lutheran Family Services treatment teams are attuned to best practices; we understand how trauma affects children and how it relates to their behavior. We use a clinical model that focuses on continuing supervision and training to build staff skills; it also supports staff members through casework decision-making and encourages therapeutic interventions in the home.
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This service makes sure that children are linked with and participate in appropriate services and resources to ensure the stability and success of the placement. We work closely with the foster parents to provide continuing training to meet the needs of the children placed in their home. We work directly with the child on emotional, medical, behavioral, educational and nutritional goals and coordinate treatment team meetings. The level of case management varies with the needs of the child.
To help combat the isolation that can come with parenting children with emotional and behavioral disorders, LFS offers parents short-term foster care with trained caregivers. This temporary care is prescheduled to provide parents a break on a regular basis.
Therapeutic mentoring is a highly effective community-based service that provides one-on-one support and coaching to help young people improve interpersonal communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution, and to help them relate appropriately to their peers and adults.
This service provides a safe and neutral environment for children to have a relationship with parents and bridges the gap between keeping the child safe and supporting the family relationship and parental rights.
Through our new therapy services in Richmond, Tidewater and the Piedmont region, we assist children, adolescents and their families to work through trauma and attachment difficulties, foster care/adoption issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, and the challenges surrounding chronic illness and disability. We also coordinate psychological or psychiatric services in our other service areas. These services are available from the DSS for children in foster care.
Our adoption coordinator will help you in the searching and matching process and provide guidance on the adoption subsidy and finalization process. We provide services to families who are interested in adopting from the foster care system both in the state of Virginia as well as out of state.