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Embrace Treatment Foster Care

Each year, thousands of abused and neglected children experience joy, growth and healing in the homes of special parents who share their time, energy and love. With proper training, support and collaboration, Embrace Treatment Foster Care and its network of treatment foster families can achieve great success and ensure that Embrace’s families are the happiest and most laughter-filled families in the world.

Healing an emotionally disturbed child within a home and family environment is the at the heart of Embrace’s services. Many foster children need specially-trained families who can help them address the trauma of their past experiences. Embrace ensures that foster children have the best chance of success in their path to permanency by pairing dedicated parents and caring professionals with the treatment tools.

If fostering children interests you, or to get more information on becoming a foster parent, please read on, or visit 

At Embrace Treatment Foster Care we realize how daunting it can be to know where or how to start the process of becoming a foster parent and many questions are raised. That is why Embrace Treatment Foster Care holds regular information sessions at the Salem Church Library to answer questions and help people get started with paperwork and the process of becoming certified. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions. Have more questions you need answered, contact us at 540-613-5120 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are foster children in care because of something bad they have done?
Foster children are in care for any number of reasons. Most children are in care because their parent does not have the ability to care for them right now, whether due to drug abuse, domestic violence, neglect, medical issues or another circumstance that is not suitable for a child. These are not bad children, they are just in bad situation!

Do you have to be a "traditional" family to become a foster family?
Successful foster homes come in all shapes and sizes. We encourage single moms and dads, empty nesters, cohabiting couples, same-sex couples, families with and without biological children, and anything in between to become foster parents! The most important requirement is for you to be a loving, supportive family where foster children can thrive.

How long does the certification process to become a foster family take?
Embrace can complete training as quickly as 6 months! Training consists of material that will help you be the best foster parent you can be. Most will consist of PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) training, home visits and parenting classes and other activities that will help you be the best foster parent you can be!

Can I adopt a foster child after they are placed in my home?
The goal for every foster child is to provide them with a stable, loving home. If it ends up that the child becomes eligible for adopted foster parents are first given the option to adopt in order to maintain stability in that child's life. This is a much less expensive option than adopting from a private agency.

Am I able to work a full time job and also foster?
Many foster parents have a full or part time job. Most foster care agencies can even help you with finding after-school or full time child care if needed. You are still able to work full time once you have a biological child, and having a foster child is no different!

Is there a minimum income to become a foster parent?
Foster parents must be financially stable, but they do not have to be wealthy! Foster parents can reside in homes they own or rent, including apartments, condos and duplexes! There are requirements for how many foster children you can care for depending on the amount of bedrooms you have available. A foster care agency can help you with those guidelines!

Do I have the ability to foster a child based on age and gender I feel most comfortable with?
Permanency is something that every foster care agency strives for. We want to make sure that whatever foster child is placed in your home will be a good fit. Therefore, we have an open and honest conversation with you about what age and gender of foster child will make a great addition to your family. We have children of all ages who come into foster care from little babies to funny and adventurous teenagers!

I am concerned I will get to attached to a foster child living in my home.
It’s true — you will get attached, and it will be painful when children you love leave. But, you have the peace of knowing that no matter how long a foster child lived with you they were able to experience a loving, happy family for that time. The lessons that they learn while being your foster child will stick with them for the rest of their lives!

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The Doctor Yum Project

In response to the growing rates of childhood obesity, pediatrician Nimali Fernando MD, MPH started the website in 2011 to teach her patients and her families about the benefits of healthy eating. What started out as a recipe and parenting site grew to a bigger project of teaching a healthy lifestyle to the greater community. In 2012 The Doctor Yum Project, a 501(c)(3) organization was born.

The mission of The Doctor Yum Project is to transform the lives of families and communities by providing an understanding of the connection between food and overall health, as well as empowering them with the tools to live a healthy life.


1. They are working with the youngest family members through The Doctor Yum Preschool Adventure Program, making healthy food fun for families and giving them information and ideas to create a foundation for healthy eating at school and home.

2. They are creating innovative hands-on cooking instruction programs through their teaching kitchen and garden to inspire family members of all ages take control of their health by getting back in the kitchen, preparing meals together, strengthening family connections and building healthier communities.

3. They are bringing together physicians from varying fields to create a state-of-the-art website (supported by multiple social media platforms) with recipes and information that help families connect the dots between diet and overall health.

For more information please visit:

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2nd annual First responders Lip Sync Battle Goes Viral

Congratulations to Stafford County Lt. Deuntay Diggs for winning our second Annual First responders Lip sync Battle held at our Back to school expo on August 6. This is Lt. Diggs’ second time winning our coveted microphone trophy and he has become an online sensation! Videos of his winning performance are flooding social media sites with millions of views of his awesome dance moves! Lt. Diggs has appeared on several news broadcasts as the community responds to his uplifting nature and positivity! Way to go Lt. Diggs! 

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Ron Rosner Family YMCA Bright Beginnings Event

Pouches Bright BeginningsThe Rappahannock Area YMCA is known in the region as a family-centered establishment that services our local community on many levels. The Y makes strengthening the community its cause and the Ron Rosner Family YMCA of Spotsylvania County is stepping up to make sure that all children have what they need to start the school year off right.

On Saturday, August 27, the Rappahannock YMCA will be holding its first ever Bright Beginnings event. The Y is committed to outfitting at least 40 children with new back-to-school clothing and school supplies. There is no cost to the child’s family to participate, but they are counting on the generosity of the public, organizations and corporations to make this happen!

There are several ways that you can help:

• DONATE: You can make a simple financial donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible.
• VOLUNTEER: Take an active role in nurturing our youth and be a shopping buddy at the Massaponax Walmart during shopping day on August 27. Individuals and small groups are welcome.
• BE A BACKPACK BUDDY: Individuals, businesses or organizations can provide a full backpack of supplies based on the approved K-5 school supplies list. Each child that shops with the Bright Beginnings program will receive a stuffed backpack!

The YMCA strongly believes that children that have the necessities they need can focus on learning rather than worrying about having shoes to wear on the playground and crayons to color their assignments. Help to make a community of confident and prepared kids on the first day of school!

For more information, visit Pouches Community Corner on, or contact Lisa Nicely at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Supporting your PTO!

It often feels as if everyone wants a piece of us—our time, our talents and our money. In this age of social media, the needs that exist not just locally, but globally, impact us every time we scroll through our newsfeeds. So how do we decide where to best dedicate our time?

The success of last month’s Community Give indicates that our community is filled with thousands who are generous and have the desire to support and help others. It is one of my favorite days of the year. I love watching the numbers go up and up.

Throughout the day, I reflected on the programs and organizations that I choose to dedicate time to. I remembered the last PTO meeting I attended at my youngest son’s elementary school. The dedicated parents there took time out of their busy days to sit around a small table in the library and discuss fundraising efforts, plans for showing appreciation to the teachers, and how best to allocate what little funds there were available to meet the expected needs of the school community. Note that I said a small table. I felt the guilt as I sat there next to other parents who make that monthly commitment to support our school and its children. I could not help but wonder where all the other parents were?

Research has shown over and again that involvement in your children’s school matters. It not only benefits the school, but more importantly it benefits your child. If you care, so will they.

Enjoy your summer break and next school year, consider joining your school PTO. Your child will thank you!

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