May is National Foster Care Month, and every year JFS Connecting Hearts takes this opportunity to raise awareness about the nearly 1,000 children in central Virginia’s foster care system. Local youth spend more than two years in foster care on average; most wait almost three years to be adopted. In the last year, almost as […]
May is National Foster Care Month!
May is National Foster Care Month, and JFS Connecting Hearts is partnering again with CBS 6 on a multimedia awareness campaign! Keep an eye on JFS Connecting Hearts’ Facebook page and watch CBS 6 to see interviews with Richmond foster families! Right now, there are 729 children and youth in central Virginia’s foster care system. […]
Sneak Peek at the 2021 NFPA Conference
Virtual Learning Event for Foster Parents The National Foster Parent Association announced their 50th Education Conference, FORWARD, will take place online from June 24-26, 2021. Registration opens on April 15 and costs $99 for the three day event. Videos of the entire conference will be available to watch for three months after it ends, so […]
Twice as Many Lights of Love!
JFS’ second annual Lights of Love was a great success, thanks to you: our friends, partners, volunteers, and staff! Lights of Love is a program designed to help bring warmth and light to neighbors who might otherwise feel forgotten. Last year, generous donors and friends brightened the holiday season for 40+ adults, seniors, families, and […]
Hands Held, Hearts Found
JFS Connecting Hearts had a busy fall! Between the Virtual Bowling Ball awareness- and fundraiser and November’s “A Hand to Hold” media campaign, we have been busy sharing the stories of children in foster care and recruiting potential foster and adoptive families! JFS Connecting Hearts is humbled by the work of our sponsors, volunteers, donors, […]
Why Should I Consider Joining a Support Group?
There are quite of few of us that just don’t feel the drive to join anything, including support groups. Usually, these groups are scheduled at specific times and days of the month. People who are long time members become close knit, while new members can feel a bit out of the loop. So, some people […]
JFS Interns in the Spotlight
JFS is lucky to host talented interns across the agency from many different schools, programs, and backgrounds. These driven students spend time engrossed in the day-to-day at JFS, serving clients and practicing what they’ve learned in their classrooms. We interviewed a few of our fascinating interns to learn about them, their goals, and how they’re […]
Connecting Hearts at JFS Connected Hearts This November
November is Adoption Awareness Month. Since 2015, Connecting Hearts at JFS has celebrated with the “A Hand to Hold” campaign in partnership with WTVR CBS 6. Every day in November, CBS 6 features a child or sibling group in foster care awaiting adoption in central Virginia on Virginia This Morning, the evening news and their […]
Connecting Hearts Bowls a Strike!
Connecting Hearts at JFS hosted a new fundraiser, the Bowling Ball, on November 7 at River City Roll. The Bowling Ball featured speakers including former Governor Terry McAuliffe, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and local adoption advocate and musician George Dennehy. Guests also enjoyed music from the Bart Chucker Band! The Bowling Ball raised $35,000 to […]
JFS’ 2019 Annual Meeting
Jewish Family Services held our Annual Meeting on Monday, June 17th at Maymont Nature Center to celebrate the 170th year of transforming lives and strengthening our community. This year in particular, we understand our work is achieved through a persistent focus on the JFS mission, dedication to working with partners, and the commitment of outstanding […]