Foster Care and Adoption

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For More Information,
Call 703-324-7639;

TTY 703-222-9452.



Or Join Us at Our Monthly Information Meeting

We welcome prospective parents the
second Monday of each month (7 - 8:30 p.m.).
If the second Monday is a federal holiday,
we meet on the third Monday.

Department of Family Services
Pennino Building
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Information Meetings
November13*, December 11*
*If needed, information is available in Spanish.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Centreville Regional Library
14200 St. Germain Drive
Centreville, VA 20121


Foster Care and Adoption

November is National Adoption Awareness Month!


Meet the Connolly family and learn about the joys of adopting teens!




Who are these children?

There are children in Fairfax County who . . .

- Have their worlds turned upside down.
- Need a safe haven during difficult times.
- Need a foster home due to abuse or neglect.
- Range in age from infant to 18.
- Come from diverse backgrounds.

- Have experienced devastating losses of family and identity.
- They search for a sense of belonging.
- Have their confidence and feelings of self-worth shattered.
- Are frightened and alone.

Get to know some of the wonderful children available for adoption through the Department of Family Services.

What do they need?

- Foster and adoptive parents.
- Stable, nurturing homes.
- Someone in their corner.

- To learn to trust again.
- Day-to-day guidance.
- Support from loving adults.


Lesley Field and her daughter, Mikalah

Leslie, Rachel, Bob, and Michael

"Finding my forever family has made such a big impact in my life! We enjoy being together, supporting each other, and making lots of new memories. I strongly encourage anyone considering fostering or adopting to do it - you can make all the difference in the life of a kid like me." - Mikalah

"As a first-time single parent, I was nervous about raising a teenager, but everything fell into place the minute I met her, and it's been an exceptional experience ever since!" Lesley

"I have learned that adoption is not for the faint of heart. Some days I am aggravated. Some days I am exasperated. Some days I am heartbroken. Some days I ask, 'what have I gotten myself into?' But every day I know that this is among the greatest things I have ever done. In some situations you are literally saving a child's life. But in every situation you are offering a child the opportunity to see all the possibilities this world has to offer." - Leslie


What is the Foster Care and Adoption Program?

Today, over 200 Fairfax County children are in foster care. The Foster Care and Adoption Program offers placements for these children and services to help their families. When a child cannot return home safely, we seek adoption or other permanent placement.

Public Service Announcement – Hispanic Foster Families (English version)

Public Service Announcement – Hispanic Foster Families (Spanish version)

Video - Inside Scoop Virginia - December 21, 2015 - Foster Care

inside-scoop-foster-care-adoption-2015 video

What is the difference between foster care and adoption?

Foster care is the temporary placing of a child outside the child's home. This may occur as a result of abuse, neglect or other circumstances that put the child at risk, or when parents decide they cannot care for their child. During this time, family problems are addressed so that the child can return home safely, or plans are made for permanent placement of the child outside his or her birth family.

Adoption meets the needs of children for permanent families.

Who can foster and adopt?

Resources provided . . .

  • Training and supportive services
  • Financial assistance
  • Counseling
  • Child care

Ordinary people who . . .

  • Care about children
  • Want to make a difference in children's lives and futures
  • Are 21 or older
  • May be married, single, or divorced
  • May work outside the home
  • Must be able to provide a safe, loving home

Ways to be a foster parent

Foster parents offer children safety and stability until children can return to their families or go to permanent homes. Foster families offer different types of care:

  • Regular Foster Home-Children stay for any length of time, often one to two years.
  • Resource Home-These families are willing to both foster and adopt a child, depending on the child's needs.
  • Child-Specific-Children are placed with relatives or close friends who know the children's background and circumstances.

Support for foster parents

Our foster parents receive . . .

  • Reimbursement for room, board, clothing and related expenses
  • Ongoing training and support
    • workshops
    • social events
    • monthly support group
  • All medical and dental care through Medicaid or other sources
  • Services the child may need such as
    • day care
    • respite care
    • summer camp
    • school fees and trips
    • music lessons

Parenting through adoption

Children need families to call their own. With permanent homes come lifelong support systems, love, and a brighter future. More than 70 percent of our adoptive families begin as foster parents, then commit to adopting the child in their care. Some children in Fairfax County are still awaiting adoptive homes. Many are school aged and part of sibling groups.

See some of the services Fairfax County's Foster Care and Adoption program makes available to adoptive parents.

Adoption Diaries

forbeses family

Meet the Forbeses

kanyugi family

Meet the Kanyugis

Children doing karate

Meet the Jacksons

Paris and Helaine

Meet Paris & Helaine

dively family

Meet the Divelys - A special family
who adopted three older children.

Important Links

Creating Connections for Life - Get to know some of the wonderful children available for adoption.

Adoption Related Services

Subsidized Adoption

Independent Living Program

pdf-icon-small Becoming a Foster & Adoptive Parent Handbook
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7639 or TTY 711.


woman with child having fun

"There's always the uncertainty of what will happen to the child in the end, but an element of bonding takes place right away. With my daughters, it was love at first sight."
~ David Vasquez,
adoptive parent

two girls smiling

"When I'm playing basketball and I can hear my mom in the crowd ... I feel happy because somebody is there for me when I'm at my best."
~ Kahlil,
foster son

young boy smiling

It's the most demanding job
you'll ever love

A child in your community needs you.

The children in our care are creative, intelligent, and engaging. All of them are looking for a place to call home.


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