Department of Family Services

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
703-324-7500 TTY 711
12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035
Michael A. Becketts
Department of Family Services

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The Department of Family Services (DFS) envisions a community where everyone lives their success story and thrives. DFS strengthens the well-being of our diverse community by protecting and improving the lives of all children, adults, and families through assistance, partnership, advocacy, outreach, and quality services. Learn more about our vision, mission and values.

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clock with woman and daughter in backgroundIt’s no exaggeration that the drug landscape is dramatically different from when you grew up, or even from just a few years ago. All parents and caregivers need to be educated on current drug threats to be able to recognize warning signs, have informed talks with their kids, and be prepared for any situation. Learn more.

SNAP logoMay is Older Americans Month when we celebrate the contributions of older Americans and also acknowledge the importance of keeping older adults safe from neglect and abuse. Paying for food can be a challenge for people on a limited income. According to the National Council on Aging, 3 out of 5 older adults who qualify for food assistance (SNAP) are missing out on the benefit. Applying for SNAP is easier than you might think. Learn more, and apply for SNAP by calling 1-8335-CALL-VA (1-833-522-5582) or apply online.

little girl cryingBetween three and 10 million children, adolescents, and teens witness violence between their parents or caregivers each year. Adults involved in a violent relationship may think their fighting doesn’t impact their children, but that’s not the case. The truth is children exposed to violence in their home are more likely to have difficulty in school, act aggressively, abuse drugs or alcohol, and suffer from depression or mental health problems. Even children who don’t see domestic violence are affected by conflict in their family. Learn more about what this might look like and how adults can help.

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