Foster Care and Adoption Independent Living Program


The Independent Living Program provides services to older teens (between 16 and 18 years old) who are preparing to transition from foster care into the community. Youth served may live in foster homes, group homes or therapeutic residential facilities. The community plays an important role in supporting the efforts of the Independent Living Program and to the success of the youth as members of the community.

Ways You Can Help

Sponsor a High School Teen
Help a teen who is completing high school by making a contribution toward prom clothing and tickets; class trips; graduation events and expenses; senior class pictures; school rings and school supplies; yearbooks; gift certificates for clothing and haircuts, eyeglasses or contacts, sports equipment, musical instruments, bicycles; or gift cards for the annual Fairfax County Department of Family Services’ Foster Care Graduation Event.

Sponsor a College Bound Teen
Help a teen who is preparing for college by making a contribution toward college application fees, books and supplies; toiletries; telephone calling cards; dorm essentials; care packages; gas or public transportation fare cards; and other gift cards. Teens also need assistance with completing applications, financial aid forms, visits to college campuses, and a place to go “home” to during school breaks.

Sponsor a Teen Transitioning Out of Foster Care
Make contributions toward: new household items; small appliances; truck rentals to move their belongings; car repairs and maintenance; and gift cards to purchase clothing, haircuts, groceries, gas, public transportation fare cards and furniture.

Sponsor a Pregnant Teen or Teen Mother
Make a contribution toward: baby care items; car seats; furniture; diapers; safety gates; children’s clothing; books; and other reading materials about fetal development, child development and parenting.

Lead a Workshop
Share your lifelong knowledge and skills with teens. Life Skills Groups meet each month to teach teens about money management, time management, budgeting, personal safety, household maintenance, automobile maintenance, communication skills, dating violence, healthy eating and cooking, anger management, college preparation, the legal system, their rights and responsibilities, career exploration and job readiness.

Additional Ways You Can Help

  • Provide tutoring assistance, SAT or GED test preparation.
  • Provide a job shadowing experience to help them learn about the work environment.
  • Help teens learn about computers and commonly used computer software applications.
  • Conduct a tour of a community facility, business or factory.
  • Provide space for meetings, trainings, special events.
  • Provide employment or volunteer opportunities.
  • Donate tickets to events and activities such as sports, entertainment, social functions, arts and cultural, bowling, skating, fairs, festivals, movies, museums, parks and recreation centers.
  • Donate advertising space in newspapers, newsletters, on the radio and television.
  • Donate items for life books – cameras, film, scrapbooks and supplies, film processing and tools.
  • Donate food/snacks for training events.
  • Volunteer your time at a special event, training, career fair or other group event.
  • Help the youth celebrate a birthday or holiday by donating gifts or gift cards.

When making a Financial Contribution

The check should be made out to: Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

On the memo portion of the check, please write: Independent Living Contribution Account.

Checks can be mailed to:

Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Attn: Foster Care and Adoption, Independent Living Program
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Foster Care and Adoption

For More Information or to make a donation:

Contact the Independent Living Program coordinator at 703-324-7726; TTY 703-222-9452.




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