We measure our impact by our success in finding
permanency for children through foster care and adoption, helping
older adults and those with disabilities live the fullest lives possible,
educating children with complex special needs, and providing
community-based services to strengthen families.
Expand educational services to underserved areas of Virginia. In 2016 LFSVA opened a school in Bristol to help children meet behavioral and academic challenges.
Become a licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Vendor so that we may offer support services to adults to increase levels of independence and empowerment.
Expand Family Care Home program in Northern Virginia and Tidewater areas so that adults with disabilities can enjoy life in a caring, nurturing family setting.
Employees are the lifeblood of our organization. We seek staff members that live out our Guiding Principles of abundance, relationships, person-centered, stewardship, and shared ownership and are willing to make the commitment of embedding these principles in their work.
These items are identified by program managers as their greatest needs to make the day successful for the individuals, children, and families we serve.
Over the last 128 years, Lutheran Family Services has evolved from an orphanage in Salem, Virginia, to a statewide community services agency of over 400 employees who help vulnerable individuals experience abundant, successful lives at home, school and in the community
The people of Lutheran Family Services help children in foster care find temporary or permanent families, we strengthen families so that they remain strong and intact, we help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live and thrive in their communities, and we help children with emotional and behavioral challenges succeed academically. Lutheran Family Services was created in faith, but is open to all. We continue to be driven and shaped by our faith-based mission, vision and core values.
As stated in our mission, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia provides services and assistance to empower communities, families and individuals in their journey to well-being. We invite you to take a look at our rich history.
As a lifelong educator, I have seen firsthand the
importance of helping children and families get the support, tools and caring
that they need to live the fullest and most complete lives possible. My service
with Lutheran Family Services allows me to extend my work as an advocate for
children and young adults in my community to those adults and families
throughout our state who need our help. The vision of Lutheran Family Services
of Virginia, “In our communities all people will receive the support they need
to live abundant lives,” is powerful, and one of the reasons that I serve on
the LFSVA Board and am honored to be its chairman.
Lutheran Family Services of
Virginia, Inc. provides services across the state of Virginia. We were born of
faith, and pride ourselves in being open to all.
2840298LFSVA recruits and trains adoptive and therapeutic foster parents so that children in foster care will have a stable, loving, home environment while they are healing from the situation that caused the family disruption. We also provide continuing agency support, training and emergency access to an agency social worker 24 hours a day. Our goal is to help children move toward permanency. In fact, many of our families adopt the children they foster. Foster care and adoption services are offered in the areas surrounding Richmond and Newport News.
LFSVA is committed to helping families deal constructively
with problems and crises so that they can remain together as healthy families.
The primary program of Community-Based Services is Therapeutic Day Treatment services. These
services are clinical services provided in the child’s home and community. By
providing tried and true intensive home-based services, we are working to
eliminate the need for out-of-home, out-of-community or out-of-state
placement. Community-Based Services are offered in our Northern
Shenandoah Valley region.
LFSVA provides Education Services to students ages 5 to 22 with a variety of educational and behavioral challenges at five Minnick Schools in Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Wise and Wytheville and Bristol. Students are referred to Minnick Schools for educational and behavioral services that allow them to learn and succeed in the classroom. Once a student goals have been reached, they are able to transition back to their home school. We partner with more than 30 public school divisions in the state.
Our aim is to help young people transition back to public school or the most appropriate setting to help them reach their potential.
Through our driving belief that all people should have the opportunity to lead full, successful, complete lives, we offer a wide community of care for those who need it most. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain lives of abundance, well-being and grace, close to family and loved ones. Group homes, day support, respite care and many other services are available throughout most of the state.
The Supported Employment Services program links individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southwest Virginia with competitive employment opportunities in the community.
We work with individuals to develop a career path, prepare for the job search and to hone interviewing and job skills. Once they are on the job, we provide as much coaching as is required to be successful in the job. As new employees gain in skills and confidence, we step back to allow them to build a community of support on the job. And, to make sure that the partnership is a success, we communicate regularly with employers to gather input and monitor satisfaction.
Five Guiding Principles form the foundation of our organization. These principles – abundance, relationship, person-centered, stewardship and shared ownership – represent the best of what we aspire to in leadership, service, policy, procedures, planning, work and life. They are at the heart of our agency, and are a firm foundation as we explore new opportunities and add value to existing services. We are continually seeking ways to improve the lives of those we serve. One example is instituting a trauma-informed network of care for children in foster care. Another is providing counseling by a specially trained “adoption-competent” therapists to help families formed through adoption cope with the loss associated with adoption. To better serve adults with disabilities, we are undertaking a vigorous expansion of services in Northern Virginia. To help families whose children struggle in school, we are expanding our educational services to underserved communities. Our goal is nothing less than to be there at that moment on life’s path, when everything can change – for the better.
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