Kinship Care

Are you raising a child for a family member or friend? If so, you are not alone. You are one of over 4,000 kinship caregivers in Fairfax County. Financial, legal and emotional situations can be challenging. You can find services support and training and resources right here.

"The best part of being a kinship caregiver is seeing where you started and how far the child has come. That makes me proud." - Kinship Caregiver

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Family Support

Caregivers play a crucial role in a kinship family. Taking good care of yourself empowers you to be the best possible caregiver to your children. A happier and healthier family starts with you.

Caring for Yourself
Caring for Your Child
Family Life and Activities
School Support


Frequently Asked Questions About Kinship Caregiving

Legal Assistance

  • What documents am I likely to need for the child I'm raising?
  • What should I know about custody?
  • What should I do if I cannot care for the child, but neither can the child's parents?
  • What are commonly used legal resources?

Financial Assistance

  • What types of financial assistance are available? .
  • How do I get child support for my children?
  • How do I access Social Security Survivor Benefits for children who quality?

Healthcare Assistance

  • Is there healthcare assistance for the child(ren)?
  • Where can I go to get the child(ren) immunizations/vaccinations/shots/physicals?
  • If I have some concerns about the young child's development, where can I find someone to complete an evaluation?

Care for the Caregiver

  • What support services are available for caregivers and why are they important?


  • How can I help prepare my young child for school?
  • How do I register a child for school and what documentation is needed?
  • What should I do if I have academic, mental health, or behavioral concerns about my child at school?
  • What should I do if I have questions about special education?
  • What do I do if we are experiencing homelessness?

Child Care

  • How do I access Child Care Resources?
  • What is available for children to do after school?

Recreation and Leisure

  • What types of programs, activities, and facilities are available for family members?
  • What are some additional recreation and leisure resources?

Falls Church City Services

  • What services are available if we live in Falls Church?

Emergency Assistance, Additional Web Information and Additional Contact Information

  • Question: As a caregiver, what additional important phone numbers should I know?

Family Information Sheet pdf-icon-small

  • How can I keep track of important information on my child?

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