Department of Family Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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,
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 Annual Report for 2021

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County of Fairfax, Virginia


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

 

February 2022

Dear Chairman McKay and Members of the Board of Supervisors,

The Adviory Social Services Board (ASSB) presents this annual report on the services provided by the Department of Family Services (DFS) 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 proud of DFS’s accomplishments in another year marked by the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. DFS took many of the new initiatives and innovations in delivering services developed in 2020 and applied them to the long-term benefit of the community in 2021. DFS estimates that one in every five households in the county has been helped this year in some way by its services—either through direct use of programs, calling emergency hotlines, attending community outreach events, or volunteering.

Last year, the ASSB was impressed by DFS staff, volunteers, and other community members who found creative and original ways to meet the unprecedented demand for services. The response by staff to the changing conditions within our community reflects the DFS core values and commitment to equity. This year, the ASSB is deeply appreciative of the long-term perseverance the county has shown in maintaining this high level of services. DFS’s renewed emphasis on economic opportunity, mobility, and recovery is of special note, as is highlighted in this report.

The ASSB is mindful that many of the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis remain submerged in our community. Mental and physical health needs, employment needs, nutrition needs—DFS anticipates that these challenges may become greater as this crisis persists. The services offered by DFS through the divisions of Adult and Aging, Children, Youth, and Families, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, and Public Assistance and Employment Services continue to help people in need and aim to provide assistance as far upstream as possible—not just at the very end.

Investing in our community and all its members through prevention programs avoids the need for more serious and expensive actions later on. We know with critical early intervention services, children are more likely to be successful in school; teens are more likely to be engaged in work or educational pursuits; adults are more likely to own homes and businesses; and older adults are more likely to remain active and independent. These elements form the foundation of our robust and caring community here in Fairfax County.

As a result, we strongly believe that successful programs in DFS and throughout the Health, Housing, and Human Services system must remain funded and be allowed to expand to meet demand as needed throughout Fairfax County. Leaders at the county, state, and federal levels continue to recognize the need for fully funding these programs, as evidenced by Fairfax County’s budget in FY 2022, as well as the American Rescue Plan Act passed in 2021.

As we build upon these accomplishments, we look forward to working collaboratively with the county to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger and more vibrant than ever. The impact on the health and wellbeing of families continues, and we urge everyone in Fairfax County to appreciate DFS’s role in which our community values and invests: helping to provide the stability, opportunity, and improvement of people’s lives.

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

At-Large - Chairman’s Office, David T.S. Jonas, Chair
Braddock District - Karen Darley
City of Falls Church - Mary Wilcox
City of Fairfax - Andre Lee
Dranesville District - Benjamin Zuhl
Hunter Mill District - Joe Koszarek
Lee District - Saud Hasan Shah
Mason District - Dr. Nancy Dalton Hall, Secretary
Mount Vernon District - Raymond McGrath
Providence District - Laura Martinez
Springfield District - Amrita Banerjee
Sully District, Alice Foltz - Vice Chair

Governance Documents

Advisory Social Services Board Bylaws*

Advisory Social Services Board Resolution*

Local Board Member Handbook*

*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.

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