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Be their champion.

Our goal is to support high-risk children and families so that their stories are filled with successes. We need your help to expand our reach. Start the movement and help us prepare Virginia’s youth to become engaged citizens. Be a champion for strong families and communities.

Youth Story


I was alone a lot before I was put in foster care. I did not have anyone there and had to do everything by myself…

Staff Story


I was put in foster care with my twin sister when we were seven. We bounced around for quite a while, but eventually got adopted.

Student Story


When I was in first grade, my principal sent me to the “crisis room” for standing on a chair in class. Then, I got put in again for tearing up a piece of paper.

Student Story


I have autism. Though my mind is strong, it is something that has made certain parts of my life a real challenge.

Parent Adoption Story


I am an adoptive parent, artist, UMFS board member and ardent advocate for families dealing with mental illness.



Be the difference.

The Be A Champion Campaign will be the first comprehensive renovation of our historic Richmond campus in over 60 years. With your help, we can provide more educational spaces and treatment resources to create bright futures for at-risk children and families statewide. For the most up-to-date construction details, visit our master plan page.

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UMFS campus, 2017

Phase One

Phase Two

Phase Three

Your investment in the Be a Champion Campaign will result in the growth and functionality of the UMFS campus, and will support programs that empower children and families to overcome extraordinary obstacles.

In Phase 1, we partnered with Spy Rock Real Estate for a 99-year land lease. Spy Rock is building a mixed-use development at the front of the UMFS Richmond campus, along Broad Street. Funds received from this partnership will support a portion of our campaign goals.

During Phase 2, we will construct a new residential treatment facility for the Child & Family Healing Center program so that youth who reside in treatment will have improved living accommodations. The new facility will be an upgrade from the post-World War II cottages that currently exist and is designed with future mental health treatment models in mind.

In the final phase of the campaign, we will expand our Charterhouse School to accommodate more students and to provide resources for students with autism and developmental delays.


Brand new meetings spaces for group therapy, family therapy, staff and community partner training, and mentor visits.


Youth ages 11 – 18 will be served at any given time at the new Child & Family Healing Center. This is a 25% capacity upgrade.


Number of students served by Charterhouse School in 2019


Number of lives impacted by UMFS services in 2019


Number of communities served by UMFS in Virginia in 2019


Become part of the movement.

Be an investor in stronger families and communities. Join us in reaching our $8 million fundraising goal which will help us empower more families to succeed.


amount raised to date

Be A Champion Goal: $8M


will name the historic UMFS circle which has existed for 120 years and provides green space for residents, staff and visiting families


will pay for construction and landscaping of outdoor courtyards and indoor gardens in the new Child & Family Healing Center


will sponsor the entire therapists and staff wing of the new Child & Family Healing Center


will fully furnish and appoint ten bedrooms and bathrooms for children who will call the new space their temporary home

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Be in the know.

Stay up-to-date with the latest Be a Champion Campaign news. We’ll feature major campaign milestones, donor profiles, and stories about children and families who are being empowered by your gifts to the campaign.

Oct 13, 2020

Make a Gift to the Campaign in Honor of Greg’s Retirement

Join us in celebrating two unwavering champions whose Passion Unleashes Greatness! UMFS President & CEO Greg Peters, LCSW, will be retiring in April 2021 after an incredible 40 years of service. UMFS Chief Operating Officer Nancy Toscano, PhD, LCSW, has been named his successor.

Aug 5, 2020

Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Challenge Completed

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has issued a challenge to UMFS: raise $1,000,000 and the foundation will donate $500,000.

Aug 5, 2020

Bill and Molly Lynch invest $500,000 in UMFS future

Longtime donors, Bill and Molly Lynch had already made one major contribution to the UMFS Be a Champion Campaign in 2018. Now another special gift to preserve the future of UMFS.

Feb 5, 2018

Jane and Brandon Linton are wise beyond their years.

The Virginia Tech graduates still possess a youthfulness that would make them right at home on campus, but their faithful

Feb 5, 2018

Lois A. Kirkwood Jumpstarts Campaign with $1,000,000

The Estate of Lois A. Kirkwood provided a major boost to the Be a Champion Campaign with a $1,000,000 lead gift in 2017

Jan 23, 2018

Foster Care Story

Meet Alex. Alex has been in foster care for three years. He recently participated in the Project LIFE Fall 2017 Statewide Conference and was…


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