Children, Youth and Families
Help for you, your family, your neighbors, your community.
703-324-7500; TTY 711
Heritage Center, West Wing
7611 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
The Pennino Building
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
1850 Cameron Glen Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Richmond Highway / Alexandria Area
South County Government Center
8350 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
703-324-7400; TTY 703-222-9452
Foster Care and Adoption
703-324-7639; TTY 703-222-9452
Children, Youth and Families programs and services are designed to protect children from harm, prevent child abuse and neglect, support families and help them remain together safely for the long-term emotional and physical health of children.
Protects children from abuse and neglect by assessing their safety, risk of harm and the family's strengths and needs; provides services and support to families; takes action if necessary to assure the children's safety.
Child Abuse and
Supports families, particularly those at risk of child abuse or neglect, through community-based parent education and other family support services.
Foster Care and Adoption
When children cannot safely remain with their families, they may enter foster care and live with a foster family, or in a group home or residential facility. Services are provided to enable children to return home safely, be placed with relatives or be placed in an adoptive family. The program also recruits foster and adoptive families.
Family Partnership Meetings
Family Partnership Meetings bring together family members, their supports, the Department of Family Services and relevant service providers to develop a detailed plan to insure the safety, well-being and permanence of children. Utilizing the strengths of the family, this process identifies what has worked in the past and current community supports that may benefit the family as they works towards addressing their current challenges. This practice is utilized nationally with neutral facilitators.
Kinship Care Unit
Children deserve the best possible placement when their parents are unable to care for them, and most often, that placement is with family or kin. Kinship care is the full time care, nurturing, and protection of children by relatives, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinshp bond with a child.
Father Engagement Unit
The mission of the Father Engagement Unit is to help strengthen families by supporting Children Youth and Families programs in effectively engaging fathers and involving them in service planning and decision making for their children. This will be accomplished through ongoing training of child welfare staff, implementation of effective father engagement strategies, development of father-inclusive policies, development and provision of father-friendly services, and collaboration with system of care agencies and community-based organizations to meet the needs of fathers and their families.
- Consultation services on effective father engagement strategies
- Child welfare staff training
- Fatherhood classes
- Father2Father peer mentoring program (pilot)
Kinship Resource Center
"George Mason University and the Department of Family Services have partnered to develop a kinship center. In the near future, a Request for Proposal will be issued for a non-profit organization to join the partnership. The kinship center will serve as a resource and services center for kin caregivers."