Girls Probation House

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Sept. 28, 2005

Fairfax County’s Girls Probation House
Marks 30th Anniversary on Sept. 30

Former residents of Fairfax County’s Girls Probation House, their parents, directors, judges and other county officials will gather on Friday, Sept. 30, at noon to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the program. Part of the county’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court system, the facility has been serving the families of Fairfax County and surrounding communities since it opened its doors in October 1975.

“We are proud of the positive influence we have had on the young women who have passed through the Girls Probation House program during the last 30 years,” said director Mary Brantley. “Many of the former residents and their families still keep in touch, and we are particularly pleased that a number of them will be coming back for the celebration.”

The community-based group home serves 12 residents at a time who range in age from 13 to 17, and stay for a period of three to six months. The family-oriented treatment program is for girls involved in chronic status offenses and/or delinquent behavior who are placed there by the court to change behavior that has resulted in their court involvement. This approach has been used as the model for Fairfax County’s Boys Probation House, as well as for other local residential treatment facilities.

The highly structured program is designed to help residents gain a sense of independence, self-control and self-confidence so they can successfully return to their homes and communities and build healthy, productive futures. Its counselors emphasize personal responsibility through behavior modification in a positive peer culture, utilizing individual, group and intensive family counseling, and a weekly parent support group. Two teachers from Fairfax County Public Schools provide individualized instruction to help students achieve success in their educational experience.

For further information on the Girls Probation House 30th anniversary ceremony, contact Brantley at 703-830-2930, ext. 202, TTY 711.

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