Volunteer and Partner Services Program


 

About the Volunteer and Partner Services Program

The Volunteer and Partner Services 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. For more information about the Volunteer and Partner Services Program, email Krissa Slone or call 703-324-7751.

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. Email Krissa Slone or call 703-324-7751.

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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 Program

Volunteers mentor a child who is experiencing difficult life circumstances, such as abuse and/or neglect. Children ages 5-12 are matched with volunteers who are trained to serve as mentors and friends. Mentors and children spend time together; participate in monthly educational or social group activities; attend the annual holiday party; engage in a performing arts workshop; and help with community service projects. Mentors commit to a minimum of eight hours a month (at least twice a month) for one year with their mentees and attend monthly outings. Volunteer to make a positive difference in a child's life. Learn more and be a part of the Befriend-A-Child Program. Email Carolina Deras or call 703-324-7072.

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Father2Father Mentor Program

Volunteers mentor work with young fathers, between the ages of 18-35, who struggle with parenting or engaging with their children who may be within the child welfare system. Father2Father 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 must be at least 30 years old, a father and have experience with the child welfare system as a client or a professional. Mentors need to be reliable, accepting, patient, honest, flexible, motivated, cooperative and tolerant. Volunteer to help fathers build engage in and build relationships with their children. Email Krissa Slone or call 703-324-7751.

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Good Touch Bad Touch® Program

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. Facilitators teach 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 Good Touch Bad Touch®. Email Tsehay Elias or call 703-324-7459.

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Parenting Education Program

This program is based on the philosophy that parenting is learned - educating parents on the fundamentals of parenting in a healthy and nurturing way. Facilitators 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. 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.

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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 May 2014. They helped with an array of duties, from greeting clients, filing, documentation and folder preparation, to entering data and other clerical tasks.

We celebrate and recognize administrative volunteers for their hours of work, impacting the lives of families and children through the work they do!




Ruhi Ahmed and Karen Smith


The cake says it all!

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