November is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. This year’s theme, “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” centers on building an effective response system that will support efforts to achieve lasting permanency for teenagers in foster care. According to the most recent AFCARS report, of the 111,820 children and youth waiting to be adopted: 53 percent are male […]

Fire Prevention Week

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. […]

Child Passenger Safety Week

Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States due to incorrect or misuse of a car seat? That alone is a startling statistic, not to mention that over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly, and 1 in 3 […]

Dry Drowning: Noah’s Remarkable Near Death Experience to Swimming Success Story

Did you know that 50% of the population does not know how to swim and ten people drown every single day?  Drowning is the number one cause of accidental, injury related death in children under the age of four.  It ranks number two for children under the age of fourteen.  Summer is here and drowning […]

May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month,  commitment is renewed to ensure a bright future for […]

Save the Date:  Kindergarten Registration Day is April 14

Thursday, April 14 marks the sixth annual Regional Kindergarten Registration Campaign, coordinated by Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. This campaign establishes one common registration day for 15 school divisions – that’s 152 elementary schools – in the Richmond region. Children who are five years old by September 30 can start kindergarten in the fall, but first […]

February is Heart Health Month: Tips for All Ages

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Educate yourself on the dangers of heart disease and get on track to better heart health. It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about […]

RVA Parents Forum Series Returns!

RVA Parents Forum Series is returning this Fall with a brand new line-up to address challenging parenting issues ranging from teaching healthy eating habits to understanding the middle school brain.  The October through January classes will feature the following: October 15th – 6:30 pm “Raising Healthy Eaters in an Unhealthy World” Dr. Melanie K. Bean, […]

Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept 13th – 19th

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.  Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.  Listed below are many resources for child passenger safety.  We hope that they will provide you all the information you need to […]

School Supply Drives and How You Can Help

First Capital Bank “Stuff the Bus” Campaign For the past six years, “Stuff the Bus” has appeared at area Wal-Marts throughout the month of August to collect much-needed school supplies and donations that benefit children in our area. Stop by a local Wal-Mart or Squirrels game on any of the dates below to help us […]