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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Three Strategies to Reduce Dementia Symptoms

By Morgan Goad | July 31, 2019

The number of individuals suffering from dementia is expected to more than triple by the year 2040, according to a recent study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience. One of the most effective ways to prevent or reduce dementia symptoms is to increase brain activity. “Working out” the brain can help reduce the severity of dementia […]


JFS’ 2019 Annual Meeting

By Morgan Goad | July 23, 2019

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 […]


A Year to Remember: Celebrating JFS’ 2018-2019 Accomplishments

By Maya Barnett | June 25, 2019

On June 30th, JFS’ 2018-2019 fiscal year ends and we are proud to have continued a 170 year old tradition of caring for Richmond’s citizens, seniors and families and broadening our reach to transform more lives. We began this year with all of Richmond’s Jewish organizations coming together to create the Richmond Jewish Care Line […]


From Caregiver to Family

By Maya Barnett | May 30, 2019

In 1984, Retta Leigh’s father passed away and her mother, Ruth Perl, was in need of evening companionship. For the next 16 years, Retta Leigh and her family bounced from family member to professional caregiver in search for someone to help care for her mother’s needs. In 2000, Retta Leigh contacted JFS for a professional […]


Connecting Hearts helps kids meet potential forever families

By Maya Barnett | May 21, 2019

This article was originally published by WTVR CBS 6. Click HERE to read Connecting Hearts: Program lets foster kids meet potential forever families in the original format. The need for families to adopt foster children in Virginia is great, but experts say taking the leap to become an adoptive parent can seem scary at first. A […]


Fighting for Children this Foster Care Awareness Month

By Maya Barnett | May 21, 2019

“There is nothing like having someone there who can support you and care for you” says Chris, 24 years old, CEO of a local music label. For Chris, having a permanent loving home was not always guaranteed.   Chris’s life in the foster care system began at three years old. He was placed into foster care […]