For 120 years, UMFS Foster Care has worked relentlessly to help children, teens, and families thrive in their communities. Their trained staff collaborates with foster parents and families to overcome the challenges of traumatic childhoods to create homes that are safe and welcoming.

There are about 4,800 youth in foster care across Virginia, with 1,800 of them open for adoption. Over the past year, they’ve noticed a 54 percent drop in foster parent approval, and UMFS is working to empower flexible, caring adults who want to serve children but might be unsure of how foster care can work.

We spoke with foster parent recruiter Katie Solvig for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about their services and becoming a foster parent at

UMFS is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.