JFS Celebrates 170 Years

Since 1849, JFS has transformed lives and strengthened our community.

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JFS Adoption. A young couple thinking about their future while awaiting an adoption.

Adoption Lunch & Learn

Adoption Workshop - Free Admission

Wednesday, August 21st from Noon - 1 pm

Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Thank You

We're honored to be awarded the 2015 Distinguished Merit Citation by the VCIC

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Connecting Hearts at JFS Connected Hearts This November

By Morgan Goad | January 13, 2020

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 […]


Why Does Balance Decline with Age?

By Morgan Goad | January 6, 2020

Most adults don’t think about their balance until they fall. The fact is, balance declines begin somewhere between 40 to 50 years of age. The National Institute of Health reports that one in three people over 65 will experience a fall each year. Combined with the projection that in Richmond alone by 2030, there will […]


Life & Legacy Spotlight: Jessica Samet

By Morgan Goad | December 23, 2019

As the Life & Legacy program enters its fourth and final year, JFS staff interviewed Life & Legacy and JFS Board member Jessica Samet to hear her perspective on the program and her own legacy. How did you first get involved with JFS? Jessica Samet: I first came to JFS as an intern Masters of […]


Connecting Hearts Bowls a Strike!

By Morgan Goad | December 16, 2019

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’ 170th Birthday Party!

By Morgan Goad | October 22, 2019

Jewish Family Services celebrated its 170th Birthday Party on Sunday, October 6 at the Virginia War Memorial. The warm, overcast afternoon was perfect for enjoying the sweeping views of the James and the Richmond skyline. Many friends of JFS gathered to celebrate: current and former board and staff members, people resettled by JFS from the […]


14 Graduated from JFS’ First East End PCA Class

By Morgan Goad | September 3, 2019

  Long before Felicia took JFS’ inaugural East End Personal Care Aide (PCA) training course, she helped care for her great-grandmother Maxine. “She lived to be 104,” Felicia said. “I always enjoy being with seniors. They have so much knowledge, and their stories are so good.” Felicia signed up for JFS’ East End PCA course […]