Department of Family Services - Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Nannette Bowler,

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Banner - Child Abuse Prevention Month; We all play a role in the healthy development of our community's children. images of pinwheels








As a part of the Fairfax County community, we are each an essential part of “Building Brighter Childhoods” for all children. Child abuse and neglect is not just a concern of parents or families; it is truly a community concern.

Many people are already playing a role in preventing child abuse and creating great childhoods in their communities. A study commissioned by Prevent Child Abuse America shows that:

  • 80% of Americans reported donating goods, money or time to an organization supporting children and families.
  • 70% Volunteer with children through places of worship, schools, and sports or academic clubs.
  • 56% mentor a child in their family, neighborhood, or community.

“Building Brighter Childhoods,” the theme adopted by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia emphasizes the positive role each person plays in preventing child abuse and neglect. Read on for more information about child abuse prevention efforts in Fairfax County.


Video - Around Fairfax: Pinwheel Garden - Child Abuse Prevention Month
Pinwheels symbolize a happy, healthy childhood. Watch this video about our community pinwheel gardens, and the installation of the garden at Green Spring Gardens Park.