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May 27, 2020

“Visiting” With Kids in Care While Still at Home – A Lutheran Family Services of Virginia Visit Coach Shares His Story

By Dennis Pinto As the world has changed drastically over the past few months, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia has made adjustments to continue our programs without interruption— and Visit Coaching is no exception. Visit Coaching is a relationship-based and trauma-informed practice for parents whose children have been removed and placed in the child welfare […]

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May 22, 2020

Foster Care: During the Pandemic and Beyond

By Evan Ratke Foster care has not escaped the unpredictable turn the world has taken in the last few months. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, children and youth in foster care, and the adults who dedicate their lives to those youth, face more complications than ever. But many of these challenges aren’t […]

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May 11, 2020

Meet a Board Member: Chauncey Strong

By Evan Ratke There is no hiding the fact that the work taken on at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is difficult. Despite the challenges, however, LFSVA can find reassurance in the unwavering dedication displayed by its employees, both new and long-term. And in the case of Chauncey Strong, a former employee of LFSVA who […]

March 17, 2020

Therapist Tips for Managing Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak

By Emily Webb Olsen Practice breathing techniques: This can be as simple as focusing on slow, rhythmic breaths that feel comfortable. Set a timer for 2-5 minutes, repeat as needed. Focus on what you CAN control: It can be scary when one feels out of control. Try and focus on all the items you can […]

March 6, 2020

Jumping for Joy: J.D.’s Adoption Celebration

by Christina Feerick After months in the making, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia staff joined 11-year-old J.D., his parents Timothy and Sheryl Moore, and their family and friends, to jump for joy and celebrate his adoption at Rebounderz Trampoline Park in Newport News. J.D. has transitioned through 10 foster homes over the past seven years, […]

February 27, 2020

How to Count Children and Families in the 2020 Census

With the start of the 2020 Census only a month away, we all need to be thinking about our own households and who we need to count. The short answer is everyone, but we realize some households are more complex than others and there might be confusion about where to count members of your family. […]

February 24, 2020

How to Count People with Disabilities in the 2020 Census

Children and adults with disabilities need to be counted just like everyone else in the 2020 Census. People with disabilities or their families may have questions, so here are some key facts: There are no questions about a person’s disability on the census. There are guides to help people with disabilities fill out the census. […]

February 17, 2020

LFSVA Board Loses Member

The staff and Board of Directors of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia are deeply saddened by the death of Board member Rob Burger on February 6. Rob passed away from cancer at the age of 48, having served on the Board for six years. “He was always true to this deep faith and commitment to […]

February 10, 2020

Lynchburg bank supplies “money management” tools

By Wade Viar Lynchburg Day Support staff listened to our folks’ request and a local business stepped up to the plate! People in our disability services programs expressed the desire to boost their skills when it comes to adding, subtracting — aka money management. That request prompted meet-and-greets with the Lynchburg Business Alliance team and […]

February 6, 2020

Residents Start a New Holiday Tradition

For many of us, part of our holiday tradition involves giving back to our communities. Margaret and Carol, residents of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia’s Bedford group homes, started a joint giving project that they hope will become a tradition. Shortly before Christmas, they decided to use their own money to purchase items needed by […]

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