Project Lifesaver FAQs


What is Project Lifesaver?

Project Lifesaver is a program that assists clients and families of individuals with Autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s and related diseases and disabilities. This program has a successful track record of locating and returning wandering adults and children to families and caregivers. Learn more.

What are the requirements for participating in the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver?
  • The client must be a resident of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Herndon or Vienna.
  • The client must have a legally responsible caregiver willing to place the client in the program.
  • Clients and caregiver must abide by the conditions of the program and contract.
  • Download, complete and mail both the Project Lifesaver application and the caregiver contract.


What is the cost for Project Lifesaver clients?

We ask for a $25.00 monthly donation from the caregiver. In exchange, the Sheriff's Office:

  • is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone.
  • provides a deputy(s) to locate a client 24/7.
  • provides response for equipment malfunction/maintenance 24/7.
  • provides monthly battery exchange.


What must I do as a caregiver?
  • The list of conditions that the caregiver must abide by is a short one, but an extremely important one if the client is to benefit from the service.T he caregiver will call the Sheriff’s Office immediately when he or she determines that a loved one is missing. The average person can walk 4 miles per hour. The sooner the search is started, the sooner the person will be located.
  • The caregiver will check the transmitter/battery and record the results on a daily basis. The transmitter is useless if the battery is dead.


How do I apply?

Download, complete and mail both the Project Livesaver application and the caregiver contract to:

Project Lifesaver
Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office
10520-B Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-246-2805, TTY 711

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