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Adoption Lunch & Learn

Adoption Workshop - Free Admission

Join us Wednesday, April 23 from Noon until 1:00 pm at JFS Office.

Thank You

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

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EnRich for Life

April 23, 11:15am - 2pm

Join us for a special musical program featuring U of R professor Richard Becker.  

Caregiver Support Group

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The Role of a Surrogate Decision Maker

By Maya Barnett | March 27, 2018

Sometimes life throws us a curve and there may come a time when we are unable to make our own decisions about health care or finances. We will need someone else to make choices on our behalf and make these decisions in accordance with our own wishes. This could be a temporary situation due to […]


JFS Adoption Partners with Connecting Hearts

By Maya Barnett | March 13, 2018

In 1953, JFS assisted with its first infant adoption in the Richmond Community. This came at a time when the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Association (LHBA), now JFS, wanted programs to better care for families and children. In the sixty years since the birth of the adoption program, JFS has expanded its adoption options to serve […]


JFS Achieves COA Certification

By Maya Barnett | December 6, 2017

  Jewish Family Services provides Richmond’s highest quality Care, Counseling and Adoption services. One way we ensure all JFS services do not simply meet, but exceed,  industry standards is through our accreditation by the Counsel on Accreditation (COA). COA is an independent organization, separate from the government, that ensures all of our programs and services […]


Giving Tuesday

By Maya Barnett | November 28, 2017

Today is the sixth annual Giving Tuesday, a day of giving created in the spirit of Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday charitable season. JFS has been serving the Richmond community for over 168 years. Our programs are rooted in the belief that everyone is entitled to services that enrich their life and elevate their […]


Adoption First Language

By Jay White | November 8, 2017

The words we use when communicating have value. They not only convey fact, but they evoke feeling. Using positive adoption language helps to dispel adoption myths, emphasize the importance of family and reflect the true nature of adoption. By using accurate adoption language we help educate others and diminish the misconceptions of adoption. Terms to […]


Thanksgiving Card Project

By Jay White | November 7, 2017

Today Joaquin Torres of Mr. Christopher Kresge’s class at Echo Lake Elementary presented JFS with a set of festive handmade greeting cards for the annual Evens Fund Thanksgiving gift card project. This project is done in conjunction with donations from the Evens Food Fund via the Richmond Jewish Federation. The funds are used to buy […]


JFS Welcomes Anna Cameron, LCSW

By Jay White | October 18, 2017

Jewish Family Services is proud to announce our newest counseling clinician, Anna Cameron. Anna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds a certificate in early childhood education from VCU. Anna comes to JFS with 13 years of clinical experience and 11 years of program management. Anna has experience addressing issues with abuse and […]


Telephone Reassurance Volunteers

By Jay White | October 4, 2017

For almost 50 years the Telephone Reassurance (TR) Program at JFS Richmond has provided security and socialization for older adults across the Greater Richmond Area.  The program first started when the late Anne Lane, former JFS Executive Director, recognized that elder care was and would be a growing concern in the community. Since then, every […]


Social Connection, a Public Health Priority

By Jay White | September 26, 2017

A recent scientific study by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, David A. Sbarra, and Theodore F. Robles has indicated that being embedded in high-quality close relationships and feeling socially connected to the people in one’s life is associated with decreased risk for all-cause mortality as well as a range of disease morbidities. These findings provide evidence that social […]