Department of Family Services – Children and Families

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

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month banner graphic - Words Matter; photo of dad and son smiling

The county’s Child Abuse Prevention efforts seek to Build Stronger Families that can provide safe and healthy childhoods and lead to creating a strong, thriving community.

This year’s theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month is Words Matter. We are challenging parents and caregivers to be intentional every day to speak encouraging words that build up children’s sense of worth.

In Fairfax County alone, in 2021, more than 2,600 children were involved with Child Protective Services. Child abuse and neglect cuts across all demographic areas and impacts our entire community. We know through research that adverse childhood experiences like child abuse result in long term health impacts and increased costs to society. Child abuse and neglect affects us all.

Fairfax County continues to be a community that is absolutely dedicated to the safety of children and to providing the appropriate supports to parents to keep families healthy. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so learn more about county resources, and visit our community engagement toolkit for ways you can share the message!

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