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May was Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month in Fairfax County

tax form Free Income Tax Preparation
Help for low income families with preparing and filing their income tax returns.
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Need Child Care on Snow Days?
The key is to plan ahead and arrange for care before it snows. The Office for Children can help families find occasional or back-up care.

tax form Free Income Tax Preparation
Volunteers are needed to help low-income families get help preparing and filing their federal income tax returns.
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The   Crisis Assistance Program is now accepting applications
Households going through a heating emergency may get help through the Crisis Assistance program. Get additional information on and apply for this program.


November was Adoption Awareness Month in Fairfax County.
Get to know some of the wonderful children available for adoption.

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May 18 – Kinship Respite Day
Fairfax County is offering a day off for grandparents and relatives raising children for another family member.

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May 18 – 5K Walk Benefits Children in Foster Care
Join the annual 5K Walk  on Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor the foster families and children of Fairfax County

free legal advice Free Legal Advice & Referral (for those with low incomes)
Services include: Wage theft, child custody, child support, divorce, collections, housing, employment, rights in unemployment.
tax form Free Income Tax Preparation
Help for low income families with preparing and filing their income tax returns.

The Commonwealth of Virginia and Fairfax County Seek Input to Determine Early Childhood Needs

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DFS Lobby in the Pennino Building in Fairfax, Is Closed
The Department of Family Services lobby in the Pennino Building at 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax is closed.

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Medicare Open Season - Prepare Now!
The Medicare 2012 open season is from October 15 to December 7. Now is the time to do research about the various Medicare health and drug plans.

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School Age Child Care Celebrates Lights On Afterschool
Lights On Afterschool recognizes the importance of afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.

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CommonHelp Launches from Fairfax County
CommonHelp is an easy-to-use and secure website that will provide Virginians with the ability to apply for public assistance benefits online.

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African-American Parenting Class at Gum Springs Historic Museum
See the participants of the African-American parenting class tour the Gum Springs Historic Museum to learn about the Gum Springs community's culture, history, and how it's evolved since 1833. Learn more about the African-American parenting program.

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Falls Church Programs Closed August 16 and Opened in Annandale August 22
In August, all of the Fairfax County Human Service agencies currently located at 6245 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church will move to 7611 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. Get the latest updates on the move.


Fairfax County Foster Parents of the Year Honored by COG
Randy and Marisa Smith, the 2012 Fairfax County Foster Parents of the Year, were honored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for their exemplary service.

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Fathers in Touch Helps Dads Become Teachers and Role Models
The Fathers in Touch program is a 12-week parenting class for fathers that is designed to educate and empower fathers, support mothers, and enable children to develop strong self-esteem, family identity and values

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Meet the Dively's – A Very Special Family
See their story of adopting three older children. Find out more about Foster Care and Adoption.


Foster Parents in Fairfax County were honored on May 5, 2012 at Outback Steakhouse in Fairfax.

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A gift from Mom
Moms, here’s a gift you can give to your children on Mothers’ Day! It lasts a lifetime, and will make you feel great.

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Armstrong SACC Wins a Visit from Washington Capitals Goalie, Michal Neuvirth

Employer of the Year Award

Fairfax County honored Giant Food of Landover, Md. and Ernst & Young with the 2011 Disability Employer of the Year Awards.

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A Partnership That's Changing Lives
On Wednesday, Oct. 12, DFS and Grace Presbyterian Church celebrated a highly successful 10-year partnership to assist hundreds of families in need. Read more.

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 Celebrate Black History Month in Fairfax County
Join the celebration featuring Janelle Lynn Randall's tribute to Nancy Wilson "You're Gonna Hear from Me."

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SACC Winter Program
December 27 - 30, 2011: Children are invited to join the fun during this year’s Winter Program, when every-day games are brought to life.

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November was National Adoption Awareness Month
On Friday, November 18, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services hosted a "Fall for Families Event" in honor of adoptive families as part of the National Adoption Awareness Month.

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Fairfax County honors volunteers during Older Americans Month ceremony.
sacc supports japan Support for Japan
SACC centers contributing to global art and fundraising project for Japanese earthquake/tsunami survivors. Find out more.
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Thank you!
The holidays can be an especially lonely time for some of the people we serve. The Department of Family Services wishes to thank the hundreds of generous businesses, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, civic groups and individuals in our community who are helping us provide assistance and hope to people in need.

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Thank you to Artie's Restaurant in Fairfax!
For eight years, Artie's has been donating part of its profits from dessert sales to our Meals on Wheels program. In the past two years alone, this donation has covered the cost of about 3,000 home-delivered meals for people in our community who are older or who have a disability.

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Thank You Capital Grille Restaurants
Thank you to the Capital Grille Restaurants for hosting lunch for the Fairfax County Disability Mentoring Day  on October 20. Students and adult job seekers with disabilities were matched with county employees to spend the afternoon "shadowing" them in their jobs. The program was sponsored by the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board and the Department of Family Services’ Disability Services Planning and Development program.


Thank you Hair Cuttery!
For the third year in a row, the Hair Cuttery's "Share a Haircut" program is donating 800 free "back to school" haircuts for children whose families are served through the Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

two women Give Caregivers of Older Adults a Break
Training for respite volunteers is set for June 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Man Eating apple Diabetes Management Workshops
Fairfax County's Free Diabetes Management Workshops start May 25 in Vienna

Guide to In-home Care
In-home care refers to services that help you stay in your home, especially if you have a disability, need to recuperate from an illness or surgery or have difficulty caring for yourself or your home.

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Join Us for an Online Discussion on Wednesday, May 4 at Noon!
job fair Opportunity for local employers and entrepreneurs!
Recruit talented employees. Network with local business leaders. Don't miss this year's Fairfax Mega Job Fair & Entrepreneurship Expo. Find out more.

Choosing Child Care
View a recap of the Dec. 1 "Ask Fairfax" online discussion about choosing child care in Fairfax County.

Family Services Video Access Family Services
See a 10 minute video which gives an overview of the divisions, programs and services DFS offers and how to access those services. The video shows after a brief advertisement for Parks Plus+.            English version . . . Spanish version

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Free Seminars for Family Caregivers of Older Adults
Fairfax County’s Free Seminars for Family Caregivers series offers 10 events to help family caregivers of older adults and adults with disabilities. Speakers include experts in law, care management, finances and community resources.    For more information and to register . . .

adoption African American Adoption Awareness Month
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed October 2010 as African American Adoption Awareness Month.
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The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and the Friends of VAN are hosting a free viewing of the documentary "Telling Amy's Story" as part of the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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Office for Children Wins National Awards
The Office for Children has been honored with two National Association of Counties awards. The first is for the “Go Green With Gunston” project, and the second is for the “Early Learning Through the Visual Arts” resource guide.

ADA Signing

July marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA guarantees for people with all disabilities equal access to public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is committed to ensuring that our programs and facilities are fully accessible to people of all ages and abilities  and recognizes the 20th Anniversary of the ADA as an opportunity to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our community.

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Foreclosure Fair & Family Finance Expo
On Saturday, June 19 county residents can access the tools and expertise they need to recover from financial crisis and mortgage distress.

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Bloggers Event
Do you live in Fairfax County and have a blog? If you do, please come to a blogger event on Thursday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. We'll discuss summer activities and services for children. To attend, e-mail your contact info and blog URL to: publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Foster Care & Adoption

May is National Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month
One way to show your support for children in foster care and their dedicated foster parents and mentors is to join the Fairfax Families4Kids 5K walk at Lake Accotink on May 15.

CPS House

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Learn more about how to prevent Child Abuse and Neglect.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors designated April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Fairfax County.

Child Care

New to Fairfax County?
Choose a child care provider with a permit or license.


November is National Adoption Awareness Month
On Friday, November 6, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services celebrated "Under the Big Top" in honor of adoptive families as part of the National Adoption Awareness Month.

Avoiding Falls

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among Americans age 65 and older?
Volunteers are needed to install grab bars and help our older neighbors avoid falls. Find out how you can help!


May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month.
Find out what you can do to help prevent the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults.

Special Needs Program

Special Needs Registry
Helps county authorities communicate with residents who have special needs in times of emergency.

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