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May 17, 2019

LFSVA spreads awareness at Foster Equality event

By Dan Montgomery Two messages were clear in Richmond last night: LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents are needed in Virginia; and LGBTQ youth in foster care need is — the same love, compassion, and patience every other foster child needs, with just a little extra awareness and sensitivity. The event was Foster Equality, hosted by […]

April 9, 2019

A creative dabbler finds a life mission teaching Minnick students with autism

My name is Kimberly Icard, and I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up! Granted, I’m 31 years old, so one could argue that I am grown up, but I’ve never been someone with a clearly defined path in life. I tend to dabble in various hobbies and community groups, […]

April 4, 2019

Minnick Volunteers Go Wall to Wall

By Dan Montgomery   The Wytheville Minnick School kitchen and five middle school classrooms are brighter, more colorful places to learn today, thanks to volunteers from the Wytheville Rotary Club and Fort Chiswell Middle School Honor Society. Rotarians Billie Taylor, Mary Thomas and David Caulder (who nearly ended the day with blue hair, if the […]

February 19, 2019

Children’s Challenging Behaviors — Free Training for Parents

A class for parents who have childrenand youth with mental health needs Minnick Schools-Wise6408 Glamorgan Chapel RoadWise, VA 24293 April 20, 20199 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More Information: Contact Laura May at lmay@namivirginia.org or 804-309-7924 ext. 204 To Register Online: Click this link. Training Information: • Provides information to help parents understand typical behaviors […]

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 […]

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