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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Our Response to COVID-19

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.

Program updates as of April 3, 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

Click here to meet our counselors

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 Gov. 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 Schools are closed following Governor Northam’s order. We are currently working on remote learning opportunities for students.

Developmental Services

We continue to adapt our services to meet changing circumstances. We appreciate our Direct Support Professionals who continue to serve our community. Please take a moment and click to view this story from WTVR CBS6 Richmond highlighting the dedication of all of our DSPs.


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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