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Our Response to COVID-19

From CEO Ray Ratke regarding COVID-19

Currently, all LFSVA staff who are able are working regular business hours at home. We have asked any staff member who is sick to stay home and to take good care of themselves, no matter their role. Following all guidelines, we continue with virtual learning events and counseling.

Program updates as of June 18, 2020

Child and Family Counseling

During this challenging time, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia Counselors are here for you. We are changing our model to adjust to social distancing and are now offering telehealth options. The anxiety of the COVID-19 crisis can bring on new stresses or can trigger past difficulties.

From the comfort of your own home, you or your child can participate in therapy with a trained counselor. We have immediate openings, and at some locations, still offer face-to-face appointments.

Our counselors have varying hours to serve children, families, and adults. They specialize in grief and loss, anxiety, depression, parenting support, and coping strategies. They also have nationally recognized, rigorous training to work with the unique needs of families who have adopted and fostered.

We accept several major insurances, Medicaid, and self-pay. We also offer sliding-scale fee arrangements. Contact us to find out if your insurance is accepted. Schedule by calling 888-841-4835 or emailing MentalHealthReferral@lfsva.org

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Foster Care

We are still accepting foster/adoptive referrals and making matches for placements. We are also continuing our efforts to recruit new foster parents. However, we are following Governor Northam’s orders to stay home and are limiting public contact to ensure safety for everyone. Our office is open with limited staff—one person per day. Our caseworkers are available via cell phone and are conducting visits virtually through Facetime, Zoom, Skype, etc. All training is now online.

Minnick Schools

All Minnick School locations are closed following Governor Northam’s order, but many of our students continue to learn virtually this summer. We are striving to put technology and internet resources into the hands of our students and teachers so they can continue their regular routine and continue teaching and learning. Minnick School staff are creating a plan to maintain guidelines, keep students safe, and welcome them back to the classroom.

Developmental Services

We are continuing to tour programs virtually and carry out admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. All programs that are currently operating continue to follow and operate under safety protocols set forth by the state, CDC, and LFSVA. We are hoping to re-open Day Support programs soon. That date has yet to be determined and will be a gradual process. We appreciate our Direct Support Professionals who continue to serve our community.


Here are some helpful resources for you, your families, and our organization:

Virginia Department of Health (VDH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Basic Coronavirus Info Comic for Kids

Click here to download a resource that can provide guidance and support when talking to people with disabilities about COVID-19

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

For more information about LFSVA disaster preparedness and response, please click here.

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