Volunteer and Partner Services Program

About the Volunteer and Partner Services Program

The Volunteer and Partner Services (VPS) Program engages volunteers and builds partnerships to support families with children who are at risk of abuse, neglect or placed in foster care or with relatives. The program builds volunteer capacity in the division, implements programs, and directs activities that promote positive relationships within the community. Together, Volunteer and Partner Services Program and Children, Youth and Families staff, support workers by providing the most efficient, safe and stable service to our clients. We appreciate our volunteers very much! For more information about the Volunteer and Partner Services Program, email Krissa Slone or call 703-324-7751.

View The Volunteer Post, a newsletter dedicated to our volunteers and partners. (See past newsletters.)

Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Assistant Program

Fairfax County Department of Family Services Children, Youth and Families need friendly, administrative volunteers one to three days a week, for three- to five-hour shifts between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Monday - Friday). The position provides light administrative support in the Alexandria, Annandale, Fairfax and Reston offices. Volunteers help answer the phone, greet and direct visitors; prep case files and documents for scanning, photocopying, filing, faxing, sorting and indexing; manage mail and supplies, photocopy documents and other tasks as needed. Volunteer to help our visitors and to keep our offices running smoothly. Learn more and be a part of the Administrative Assistant Program.Email Krissa Slone  or call 703-324-7751.

Announcement! - Volunteer Administrative Assistants Needed

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Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program

In December of 2013, this program provided holiday gifts for 145 families, over 450 children who were being served by Fairfax County Department of Family Services Children Youth and Families. The program helped families in Foster-Care, Child Protective Services, Protection and Preservation Services, Healthy Families, Fairfax County Public Schools teen parents and the Nurturing Parenting Program. By adopting a family, gifts, certificates or food are provided to families experiencing difficult times, especially around the holidays. Volunteer to help families by providing gifts or toys, gift certificates, food, gas cards or monetary donations. Learn more and be a part of the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program. Email Krissa Slone or call 703-324-7751.

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BeFriend-A-Child Mentor Program

The BeFriend-A-Child Program provides mentors for children who are experiencing difficult life circumstances, such as the loss of a parent, abuse and/or neglect. Children from ages five to 12 years old, with families who are involved with Fairfax County's Children, Youth and Families Division are referred by their family's CYF worker. Children are matched one-on-one with trained volunteer mentors. In addition to spending one-on-one time together, the mentors and mentees participate in monthly group outings throughout the year, such as ice skating, hiking, Celebrate Fairfax!, community service and the annual holiday party. Mentors must be at least 21 years of age and be able to pass the FBI criminal record, Child Protective Services and DMV driving record checks. Mandatory training is required prior to being matched with a mentee. Mentors must make a minimum one-year commitment, and agree to spend a minimum of eight hours per month and attend at least four group outings per year with their mentees. Volunteer to make a positive difference in a child's life. Learn more and be a part of the BeFriend-A-Child Program. Email Jacilyn Skupien or call 703-324-7072.

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Body Safety Program - Speak Up Be Safe

This child abuse prevention curriculum is designed to teach children the skills needed to stay safe - to prevent sexual abuse, to deal with bullies and how to handle sad or angry feelings. Volunteers are facilitators teaching children about safe and unsafe touches, and help children feel comfortable talking about body safety issues. The program is free of charge and presented in partnership with other Fairfax County agencies, Fairfax County Public Schools, community centers and organizations and faith-based facilities. Presentations are provided upon request. Volunteer to facilitate teaching children about the Speak Up Be Safe Curriculum. Learn more and be a part of the Body Safety Program. Email Cecilia Tatis  or call 703-324-7459.

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 Father Engagement Program for Volunteers

Volunteers work with fathers, who struggle with parenting or engaging with their children who may be within the child welfare system. The program facilitates self-awareness, self-care and coping; teaches problem-solving skills, relationship-building, communication skills, fatherhood role-modeling, awareness and skill-building; and provides guidance, education and connections to other fathers. Mentors and Facilitators must be at least 30 years old, a father and have experience with the child welfare system as a client or a professional. Mentors and Facilitators need to be reliable, accepting, patient, honest, flexible, motivated, cooperative and tolerant. Volunteer to help fathers engage in and build relationships with their children. Learn more and be a part of the Father Engagement Program for Volunteers. Email Krissa Slone or call 703-324-7751.

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Parenting Education Programs for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to co-facilitate classess for families. This program is based on the philosophy that parenting is learned - educating parents on the fundamentals of parenting in a healthy and nurturing way. Volunteers are trained to co-facilitate classes for families, working with parents and children. Classes cover a variety of topics - praise, consequences, rules and other positive parenting aspects - and how to apply them in different settings. Volunteer to facilitate curriculum that offers caring, comprehensive classes to families, learning new ways to work together. Learn more and be a part of the Parenting Education Programs for Volunteers. Email Alexandra Stewart or call 703-324-7871.

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In-kind or Monetary Donation Opportunities

In addition to the programs mentioned above, here are other ways to volunteer time or gifts to help families.

  • Provide food for approximately 40 to 50 people participating in parenting courses.
  • Provide gift cards or monetary funds to cover the cost of food, materials, supplies and child care expenses for a family.
  • Sponsor a child going to camp, a group outing, a program for children or other educational and social opportunities.

Email Krissa Slone or call 703-324-7751.

Announcement! - Become a VPS Donor

Announcement! - Volunteers Needed for One-Time Special Events

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Thank You to Sponsors

  • AMF Bowling Centers Inc.
  • Cameo Kitchens, Inc.
  • Commonwealth Consultants Foundation
  • CRGT
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel at Tysons Corner
  • Eta Delta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi
  • Flight Trampoline Park
  • Grace Presbyterian Church
  • Kaufman Law Group
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Most Valuable Kids, Inc.
  • Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church
  • Music for Life
  • Pareja Bridle Paths
  • Skate Quest
  • Sun and Moon Yoga Studio
  • Sundance Vacations
  • Terry’s School of Dance
  • The Aubergine Chef
  • The Optimist Club
  • Truro Anglican Church

For information about how to become one of our sponsors, email Krissa Slone or call 703-324-7751.

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