Volunteer and Partner Services Program

For more information email Krissa Slone or call her at 703-324-7751.

About The Volunteer and Partner Services Program

The Volunteer and Partner Services Program was designed to help promote the use of volunteers and partnerships to support families whose children are at risk of abuse or neglect, are placed in foster care or with extended families.

We are working towards building volunteer capacity in the division to help support workers in providing the most efficient, safe and stable service to our clients and directing activities to promote positive relationships with our community partners and volunteers.

The Good Touch Bad Touch Program became part of VPS in October 2013. The Befriend-A-Child mentor program joined VPS in 2014.

Administration Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

The Administration Volunteer Appreciation Lunch was held to thank volunteers for all their hard work and commitment in supporting the Children, Youth and Families Division: Foster Care and Adoption, Child Protective Services, Protection and Preservation Services, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Family Engagement. Administration volunteers were honored with certificates and flowers.

Administration volunteers contributed over 700 hours across four regional offices in the month of May. They helped with an array of duties, from greeting clients, filing, documentation and folder preparation, to entering data and other clerical tasks.

We thank them for impacting the lives of families and children through the work they do!

Celebrating with food and treats,
administrative volunteers are

recognized for the hours of work
they contributed to support

children and families.

Ruhi Ahmed and Karen Smith

The cake says it all!

Administrative Support Volunteer Program

In September 2013 the need for administrative support in several of the CYF offices was brought to the attention of the Volunteer and Partner Services Program. In the Fairfax Office, volunteer administrative assistants began supporting the sixth floor reception area in Pennino in mid-September. Shortly after, it was discovered that the same support was needed in the Annandale and Reston offices. We have started filling those requests with hardworking professional volunteers. The volunteers have graciously supported many staff with welcoming and directing clients, answering phones, organizing and filing, scanning documents, and other office work as needed.

Please Welcome and Thank our Volunteer Administrative Staff

Fairfax Office - Amina Nikouei and Lisa Carthee
Annandale Office - Satnam Singh and Jarun “Jaie” Brown
Reston Office - Vivian Essoka

More volunteers are still needed. For more information email Krissa Slone or call her at 703-324-7751.

Helping Families During the Holidays!

Since 2009 "Adopt a family" has been partnering with Team Love for Kids which is a group of friends and neighbors who come together every year providing holiday presents to children who have been neglected or abused. It was started four years ago by Nina Castro, who was looking for a way to give back to children less fortunate. Since then, Team Love has been working with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services and the local community to fulfill holiday wish lists. Team Love's mission is to show these kids that they are not alone, that they matter and they are loved. Once the gifts are collected, we hold our annual gift wrapping party and deliver them the following week. They provide holiday stockings stuffed with goodies, a small basket for Mom with a little something just for her, and of course, a few gifts for each child. In most cases, these will be the only gifts they open, so every effort is made to ensure that every child has something to open. In 2010, they began with nine children and a handful of friends. This year, Team Love has a goal of reaching more than 120 children's lists, totaling over 200 children since they started.

For more information email Krissa Slone or call her at 703-324-7751.

Adopt a Family 2013

The VPS program was able to provide holiday gifts for 145 families and over 300 children who are being served by the division this year. The program served families in Foster-Care, Child Protective Services, Preservation and P Services, Healthy Families, Family Resource Centers, teen parents in two high schools and the Nurturing Parenting Program. At this time next year, an Adopt-a-Family program will be formally established so that holiday support can be extended to more families. Here is one of the partners we were able to work for Thanksgiving this year.

On Nov. 26, 2013, Raul Perla from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Technical Rescue Operations, Company 21, B-shift. US&R, VATF-1/AST/UNDAC organized a Thanksgiving that families from the Department of Family Services, Parent Education Program will never forget. Perla was able to get the support of his supervisor, Chris Schaff, and his co-workers in all of the companies and Rescue Section. Not only did they deliver baskets to families in need of a little holiday cheer, but they came dressed in uniform and arrived bringing their fire trucks, allowing the children to climb aboard. The families were all part of the Department's Nurturing Parenting Program and really appreciated the efforts of the Fire Department.


See how the Befriend-A-Child Mentor program worked on a service project that benefitted a local children's hospital

Administration Volunteer
Appreciation Lunch

Adopt a family and Team Love are collecting presents and filling stockings.


Raul Perla of the Fire Deparment delivering baskets to families in November





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