Foster Care and Adoption
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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
Who are these children?
There are children in Fairfax County who . . .
- Have their worlds turned upside down
- Need a safe haven during difficult times
- Need a foster home due to abuse or neglect
- Range in age from infant to 18
- Come from diverse backgrounds
- Have experienced devastating losses of family and identity
- They search for a sense of belonging
- Have their confidence and feelings of self-worth shattered
- Are frightened and alone.
Get to know some of the wonderful children available for adoption through the Department of Family Services.
What do they need?
- Foster and adoptive parents
- Stable, nurturing homes
- Someone in their corner
- To learn to trust again
- Day-to-day guidance
- Support from loving adults.
What is the Foster Care and Adoption Program?
Today, over 300 Fairfax County children are in foster care. The Foster Care and Adoption Program offers placements for these children and services to help their families. When a child cannot return home safely, we seek adoption or other permanent placement.
What is the difference between foster care and adoption?
Foster care is the temporary placing of a child outside the child's home. This may occur as a result of abuse, neglect or other circumstances that put the child at risk, or when parents decide they cannot care for their child. During this time, family problems are addressed so that the child can return home safely, or plans are made for permanent placement of the child outside his or her birth family.
Adoption meets the needs of children for permanent families.
Who can foster and adopt?
Resources provided . . .
- Training and supportive services
- Financial assistance
- Child care
Ordinary people who . . .
- Care about children
- Want to make a difference in children's lives and futures
- Are 21 or older
- May be married, single, or divorced
- May work outside the home
- Must be able to provide a safe, loving home
Ways to be a foster parent
Foster parents offer children safety and stability until children can return to their families or go to permanent homes. Foster families offer different types of care:
- Regular Foster Home-Children stay for any length of time, often one to two years.
- Resource Home-These families are willing to both foster and adopt a child, depending on the child's needs.
- Child-Specific-Children are placed with relatives or close friends who know the children's background and circumstances.
Supports for foster parents
Our foster parents receive . . .
- Reimbursement for room, board, clothing and related expenses
Ongoing training and support
- social events
- monthly support group
- All medical and dental care through Medicaid or other sources
Services the child may need such as
- day care
- respite care
- summer camp
- school fees and trips
- music lessons
Parenting through adoption
Children need families to call their own. With permanent homes come lifelong support systems, love, and a brighter future. More than 70 percent of our adoptive families begin as foster parents, then commit to adopting the child in their care. Some children in Fairfax County are still awaiting adoptive homes. Many are school aged and part of sibling groups.
See some of the services Fairfax County's Foster Care and Adoption program makes available to adoptive parents.