Tag Archive: Virginia Treatment Center for Children

As parents, we love and worry about our children from the moment they’re born. As they grow into adolescence, their academic and social lives become more complicated and competitive. There is so much to worry about—grades, driving, drugs and alcohol, dating and sex, friendships, social media and gaining admittance to a college which will hopefully provide them with opportunities for employment and lifelong success. We often have less time than... View Article

Dec 7 2018

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the concept of sitting down to a family dinner every night can seem quaint – but I assure you, the meaning behind it is as relevant as ever. Rituals still matter. And, they matter even more to children. Rituals make us feel like we belong to something or someone. They offer a sense of stability and comfort. They help us navigate through... View Article

Oct 22 2018

Opioids have been used for hundreds of years to treat pain, cough and diarrhea, but recently they’ve become the center of a frightening crisis. Why and how are these drugs being misused and how can we keep our kids and teens safe? What are opioids? Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin as well as prescription pain medicines like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others. Kids may... View Article

Sep 13 2018

Childhood is a time of great physical and emotional development. Adverse experiences that occur during this time can significantly impact the child’s life well into adulthood. Exactly what are the connection and long-term consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences on overall health and well-being? A study in 19981 analyzed the relationship of childhood abuse and dysfunction in the home to many of the leading causes of death in adults. More than... View Article

Aug 22 2018

While nursery furniture and baby clothes may be at the top of the “to-do” list when preparing for a new baby, being emotionally ready is extremely important too. Preparing for what to expect, planning for needed support, and having an understanding of the emotions associated with caring for a newborn support the emotional attachment between a mother and child that leads to a good start in life. Child and adolescent... View Article

Aug 8 2018

Autism used to be considered rare, but today approximately one in 60 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. What’s causing the increase and what does it mean for kids and families? Autism and related conditions are in the public eye more than ever before. Celebrities are sharing their personal journeys with autism or Asperger syndrome, which is now grouped into the encompassing diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Meanwhile... View Article

Jun 29 2018

Our latest addition to the Kids Come First Files blog series tells the story of a thankful mom and dad from Chesterfield, Virginia. Read more about how one call to the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center at Virginia Treatment Center for Children and a connection with a family navigator helped them turn heartbreak into hope.    Dear VTCC executive director, The Children’s Mental Health Resource Center at Virginia Treatment Center for Children... View Article

Jun 7 2018

The gloomy weather didn’t stop more than 400 guests from filling the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts for the 2018 Dancing with the Richmond Stars. Modeled after the hit television show, this annual fundraiser pairs recognizable local personalities with professional dance partners to wow audiences with their footwork, grace and commitment to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Proceeds from this year’s event will fund the children’s activity... View Article

May 22 2018

Eleven-year-old Hazel loves Minecraft, scootering and playing outside. She’s also a black belt in tae kwon do. Assigned male at birth, Hazel (named Lachlan at the time) was the youngest of four boys. As she grew older, she didn’t identify with this assigned sex. To Hazel, she was a girl. By the end of her second grade year, she and her parents reached an important milestone in ensuring that the... View Article

Mar 9 2018

The new year will be marked by the opening of an inspirational new mental health facility, the result of Virginia leaders and citizens coming together to transform mental health care for our children. Former Virginia Treatment Center for Children patient Hallie Hovey-Murray says it best: Virginia has had much to be proud of in recent decades, including national best in class rankings in economic competitiveness, education, state parks and quality of life.... View Article

Jan 9 2018