"We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us." - John Lewis
Interview with A Child Care Provider: Preparing for This School Year
This year, Jermeisha Justiniano celebrated ten years as a child care provider and owner Branches of Nature Family Dayhome, which she operates out of her Richmond home. In addition to being a full-time early educator of twelve children, Jermeisha is a mother of three.

The shift to online education for her kids has steered Jermeisha toward forming a homeschooling co-op with neighbors and friends, and closing the doors to her child care business. We recently sat down (virtually) with Jermeisha to celebrate her ten years as a child care professional and discuss life before and during COVID-19. Watch the full interview here.
Resources Just For You

  • Explore the 5 Pillars of Resilience with ChildSavers Mental Health Director and Lead Trauma & Resilience Educator, John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW (2-minute video)

  • Self Care for Kids by Age: Everything You Need to Know (5-minute read)

  • We are currently accepting children for teletherapy or in-person therapy at our clinic. Contact us to learn more about our mental health services for children and families.

  • Did you know ChildSavers therapists are available 24/7, 365 days a year to offer immediate, on-site therapy for children experiencing a mental health crisis? Learn more about our Immediate Response team!
Upcoming Community Training Opportunities

Before we can help someone else process their big emotions or outbursts, we have to manage our own. This session with Immediate Response Supervisor, Kristin Lennox, LCSW, will focus on strategies that may help you calm down quickly.

When safety is a concern for children and adults exhibiting big behaviors, it's important to create a safe space and develop a plan that may include getting outside assistance to help de-escalate the situation. Register for this hour-long session with Immediate Response Supervisor, Kristin Lennox, LCSW.

This hour-long webinar with Immediate Response Supervisor, Kristin Lennox, LCSW, will focus on strategies for coping and ways you can keep yourself and/or others “regulated”, calm, and safe.
Community Conversations: Racial Truth and Reconciliation

This month, ChildSavers participated in panel discussions during Voices for Virginia's Children's Racial Truth and Reconciliation Week. This effort from Virginia's trauma-informed community networks is empowering the voices and experiences of marginalized communities in acknowledgement of truth to promote healing, reconciliation, and justice.

Tune in as our therapists discuss the impact of racism on children and adults' mental health.
ChildSavers in The News

  • CBS6: Daycares in Central Virginia report dire futures due to COVID-19, survey says
  • NBC12: Childsavers accepting new patients for mental health services
  • Richmond Times Dispatch: L. Robert Bolling column - The impact of pandemic-induced trauma on our children
  • Richmond Times Dispatch: Lohmann - Getting through the pandemic, Richmond nonprofit serving children finds a bridge with 'telehealth'
  • CBS6 - Virginia This Morning: Communicating with your children through the art of play
  • Rob Desir with CBS6: How Central Virginia children can get mental health help during COVID-19
  • Richmond Times Dispatch: Getting to Know Nell Nutaitis with ChildSavers
  • CBS6: ChildSavers Crisis Hotline Available for Immediate Intervention
  • Virginia Public Media: Tips to Helping Kids Adjust to "New Normal" of COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Richmond Free Press: ChildSavers Offers 24-hour Immediate Response Hotline
  • RVAHub: ChildSavers Transitions To Telehealth, Offering 24/7 Immediate Response Line for Families