Being a foster parent

Roller Coaster of Emotions: In Virginia, there are approximately 5,300 children in foster care and nowhere near that number of approved foster parents. Deciding to become a foster parent is not an easy decision to make. There are a number of factors to consider even before making the call to your local Department of Social …

Mental Health Warrior: Cory Simmons

Cory Simmons supports Family Service as a Youth Development Specialist, contributing to Positive Action and the Teen Outreach Program (TOP®). Positive Action is an evidence-based program offered in elementary schools, while TOP® is an evidence-based program for middle and high school students. Both address self-esteem, effective communication, goal setting, healthy relationships, and substance use prevention. …

Mental Health Warrior: Briana Campbell

As a Youth Development Specialist, Briana Campbell contributes her skills widely at Family Service, adopting several roles in Youth Development Services. In addition to working with the youth in the Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) Briana helps facilitate Project AIM and Positive Action.   “I facilitate several Positive Action groups, co-facilitate Project AIM groups, and serve as …

ACES: How who you were can impact who you become

What if I were to tell you that there is something out there that affects more than two-thirds of youth, causes emotional and mental health issues like anxiety, depression, suicidality, and substance abuse, and causes physical health concerns like cardiovascular disease, obesity, and cancer? This something is out there. It is called childhood trauma. What …