Department of Family Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: 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

Advisory Social Services Board (ASSB)

The Advisory Social Services Board (ASSB) interests itself in all matters pertaining to the social welfare of the people served by the Fairfax County Government. The Board monitors the formation and implementation of social welfare programs; meets with the Director of Social Services (in Fairfax County it is the Director of Family Services) at least four times annually for the purpose of making recommendations on policy matters; makes an annual report to the governing body concerning the administration of the public welfare program; and submits to the governing body other reports the advisory body deems appropriate.

Mission
The Department of Family 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.

Vision
Fairfax County is a community where everyone lives their success story and thrives. 

Advisory Social Services Board Letter

Fairfax County logo

 

County of Fairfax, Virginia


To protect and enrich the quality of life for the people, neighborhoods
and diverse communities of Fairfax County

 

February 2021

Dear Chairman McKay and Members of the Board of Supervisors,

The Advisory Social Services Board (ASSB) presents this annual report* on the services provided by the Department of Family Services (DFS) as a summary of the department’s accomplishments over the past year, as well as a record of the outcomes DFS has achieved. The ASSB is required under the Code of Virginia to issue an annual report on the department’s activities, and as this report shows, the need for DFS services remains high throughout Fairfax County.

The ASSB is especially appreciative of DFS’s accomplishments in a year marked by the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Services were expanded for older adults to help deliver medication and groceries, nutrition programs were updated to extend renewals and increase benefits, and other DFS services were updated to be delivered electronically or otherwise keep social distancing in mind. In this difficult year, DFS estimates that one in every five households in the county has been helped in some way by its services—either through direct use of programs, calling emergency hotlines, attending community outreach events, or volunteering.

The ASSB—this year especially—commends DFS staff, volunteers, and other community members who ensured that the increased demand for services in several areas was continuously met at a high level, often in creative and original ways.

The success we have seen in Fairfax County over recent years is built upon a framework that provides all residents with the opportunity to live their best lives. The services offered by DFS through the divisions of Adult and Aging, Children, Youth, and Families, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Healthy Minds Fairfax, and Self-Sufficiency help people in crisis and prevent future crises from occurring. We must continue to provide equitable opportunities as far upstream as possible—not just at the very end.

Investing in our community and all its members through these prevention programs avoids the need for more serious and expensive actions and leads to a more just society. We know with critical early intervention services, children are more likely to be successful in school and require fewer services; teens are more likely to be engaged in work or educational pursuits and less likely to be incarcerated; adults are more likely to own homes and businesses, and older adults are more likely to remain active and independent. This is the foundation of a strong and vibrant community.

We strongly believe that successful prevention programs in DFS and throughout the Health, Housing, and Human Services system must remain funded and be allowed to expand to meet demand throughout Fairfax County. Equally important, the county needs to invest in measuring outcomes and to continuously learn what impacts these services are having on our residents. DFS and other departments must be diligent in collecting this kind of data and then using it constructively to make our system more accessible, equitable, and successful.

As we build upon these accomplishments, we look forward to working collaboratively with the county to implement its new strategic plan and to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger and more vibrant than ever.

Sincerely,
David T.S. Jonas, Chair
Advisory Social Services Board

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, contact Kristina Jordan by email or call 703-324-7741, TTY 711.

Advisory Social Services Board Members

David T.S. Jonas, Chair, At-Large Chairman’s Office
Karen Darley, Braddock District
(vacant), City of Fairfax
(vacant), City of Falls Church
Stephanie Sedgwick, Dranesville District
Sarah Newman, Hunter Mill District
(vacant), Lee District
Dr. Nancy Dalton Hall, Mason District
(vacant), Mt. Vernon District
(vacant), Providence District
Amrita Banerjee, Springfield District
Alice Foltz, Sully District
Michael Becketts, Director of Family Services

Meetings

Learn about ASSB meetings and get meeting information.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant