Adoption Related Services
Or come to an orientation meeting
Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m.
Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
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Fairfax County's Adoption Program offers a variety of programs
The application and home study services are offered at no cost to
those applying to adopt a foster child through this agency.
Information & Referral
Information about adoption in Virginia and referrals to adoption
resources within the state .
Counseling services for birth parents (and their families) who are
considering placing their child or children for adoption.
Families wishing to adopt a child in the agency's custody.
Training and support are also provided.
(also called parental placements or private adoptions) Involves
families who have identified a specific child or children they
wish to adopt and have made arrangements directly with the birth
Training and Home Study Process
It is completed by all applicants is designed to promote
self-assessment in prospective adoptive parents. It focuses on
preparing them for their adjustment in becoming adoptive
parents and their future role in raising an adopted child.
Because of the serious commitment they are making, prospective
families are encouraged to consider their decision at each
step, particularly before meeting a child.
Components of the home study as required by state law include:
a background check of national, state and local police
background check of child protective services
a medical/physical examination
marriage and divorce verification.
Other components of the home study include an assessment of
the financial stability of the family, a brief autobiographical
sketch, individual interviews, feedback from references and a
Special Needs Adoptions
Adoption of children considered to have special needs for one or
more of the following reasons:
they are school-aged or older
they have one or more siblings
they have special physical, mental or emotional needs
there is a hereditary tendency, congenital problem, or birth
injury that could lead to future disability
they are members of a minority race or of mixed racial
heritage which may make it difficult to locate an adoptive
These children are eligible for ongoing support from the
department and a subsidy to assist with the costs of ongoing
treatment, services, or special accomodations. Each family
receiving an adoption assistance subsidy works with a social
worker to access subsidy assistance and obtain supportive
counseling, information, and referral services for needed
assistance for adults adopted in Virginia wishing to search
for their birth parents
consultation services to other adults interested in the
general information about adoption subsidies
ongoing assistance to families who adopted in Fairfax County
and who are applying for or are receiving an adoption subsidy
a support group
Adoption Family Exchange (SAFE) Newsletter
The investigation and writing of court-ordered reports in certain
Foster Care and Adoption
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