Department of Family Services

Fairfax County, Virginia



Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500 | TTY 703-222-9452

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Michael A. Becketts, Director


The Department of Family Services (DFS) promotes the well-being of the County's diverse community by protecting and improving the lives of children, adults and families through supportive services, education and advocacy. Our services provide the framework for a strong and resilient Fairfax County: safe communities, a thriving economy, excellent schools, and opportunities for everyone to feel connected and engaged.

DFS Announcements - Cancellations and Closings

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Preparation program is temporarily suspending all activities.
  • All Fairfax County Virginia Career Works Centers are closed until further notice.

  • All Domestic and Sexual Violence Services’ (DSVS) individual and group therapy services (ADAPT and survivor services) are suspended until further notice. (Those currently in therapy will receive support via telephone from their existing therapist.) The DSVS 24-hour hotline is still available 703-360-7273. Learn more about DSVS.

  • If you are registered for (or interested in) an upcoming DFS activity (training, workshop, class, session, etc.), please revisit the activity's registration or information web page or directly contact the person, program or organization hosting the activity to learn if there is a reschedule, cancellation or closing.

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Assistance from a Distance - How to Access DFS Services Remotely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

DFS cares about the safety and well-being of individuals and families and will continue to provide assistance from a distance. Below are the variety of services available to you without having to leave the safety of your home.

Children, Youth and Families

  • Child Protective Service
  • Parenting Tips, Videos and Podcasts

Older Adults

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resources
  • Meals on Wheels

People with Disabilities

  • Services and Resources for People with Disabilities

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Self-Sufficiency - Medical and Financial Benefits (SNAP, Medicaid and more)

  • Apply Online for SNAP, Medicaid and more!
  • Ways to Turn in Your Documents
  • Other Ways to Receive Help
  • Career/Employment Services


Important Phone Numbers

Department of Family Services Main Number and Public Assistance Customer Care

703-324-7500; TTY 703-222-9452


Child Protective Services Hotline 703-324-7400

Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline 703-360-7273; TTY 711

Adult Protective Services Hotline 703-324-7450; TTY 711

Other Department of Family Services Numbers

Aging, Disability & Caregiver Resources 703-324-7948; TTY 703-449-1186

Office for Children 703-324-8100; TTY 711

Medicaid Fraud 866-486-1971

Welfare Fraud 703-324-7564

Outside of Department of Family Services

Artemis House (Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence) 703-435-4940; TTY 711

Short-Term, Emergency Help for Basic Needs (Fairfax County Human Services, Coordinated Services Planning) 703-222-0880; TTY 711

Have Basic Questions About the Department of Family Services Programs?
Send an Email.


Community Corner - News, Events, Tips, Programs and Services, and more!

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For each resident who does not respond to the census, Fairfax County could lose $12,000 in potential funding over the course of a decade. Learn more about the Census.

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