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May 8, 2018

Helping foster youth navigate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

By Mandy Tennity Do you remember the smell of paste, crayons and construction paper — maybe using a paper doily to make a Mother’s Day card? Who did you give your masterpiece to? For foster youth, this can be a daunting situation. The child loves her birth mom and wants to give her card to […]

May 3, 2018

Harrisonburg Minnick School gets in the zone

By Ariana Estes Horns honking, brakes screeching and vehicles flying by at 45 mph — this scene is not what one would expect to see outside of a school. But outside of Harrisonburg Minnick School, there was no way for drivers to know to slow down and be on the lookout for students and school […]

March 6, 2018

A-L-E-X-A Spells Learning

By Ariana Estes When Jessica Wampler’s students at Wise Minnick School started to expand their vocabulary in her writing center activities, she saw a need for more than her classroom had to offer. “They did a great job sounding out words, using a picture dictionary and our word wall, but they were increasing in vocabulary […]

January 26, 2018

In Memoriam: Jeff Cash 1957-2018

Jeff Cash, a resident of the Bedford-area Twin Oaks group home for adults with intellectual disabilities, a friend to his housemates and the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia staff there, and a profoundly dedicated and unwavering fan of the Dallas Cowboys (and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, for that matter), died Tuesday.  He had only recently realized a […]

January 22, 2018

LFSVA statement regarding the government shutdown

As a provider of services funded through Medicaid, we understand that there may be some concern about how the shutdown might impact LFSVA. While we cannot promise that there will not be an effect on Medicaid payments, we do know that previous federal government shutdowns did not stop the state from paying for Medicaid services. […]

January 19, 2018

Lisa Morgan and Tresha Lafon take on new roles at LFSVA

By Dan Montgomery Lutheran Family Services of Virginia executives Lisa Morgan and Tresha Lafon have stepped up to new positions, Morgan as Chief Operating Officer, and Lafon as the organization’s first Chief Quality Officer. Morgan and Lafon had been LFSVA’s vice presidents of program operations for three years. “Lisa has over 25 years of experience […]

January 8, 2018

Grant helps LFSVA transition students to their next goal

By Ariana Estes LFSVA was recently awarded a grant from the Sam and Marion Golden Helping Hand Foundation to help facilitate services to students ages 14 to 21 who need support and education as they transition from school to adulthood. Thanks to the funds from this award, LFSVA’s Supported Employment Services will begin working with eligible Roanoke […]

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January 3, 2018

Charlottesville “Lunch Club” provides friendship, food and community engagement

By Ariana Estes The smell of frying burgers fills the air of the Charlottesville Day Support program. Adam, an individual at the program, is busy putting together chef hats for everyone in the room. The room is buzzing with excitement because it’s a special day for the group – it’s the bi-monthly Lunch Club meeting. […]

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 […]

November 6, 2017

Foster care and adoption: How many families are needed?

By Jeanne Hollingshead There are more than 5,000 children in foster care right now. Does that sound like a lot to you? It is when you consider how many families are needed for these children. For every one child in foster care, we need five families to be available for that child. That’s 25,000 families […]

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