Department of Family Services - Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,

June is Fatherhood Awareness Month

2019 June is Fatherhood Awareness Month graphic banner

Fathers matter. Whether it’s changing a diaper, learning how to braid a daughter’s hair, helping with homework, being the best man at a son’s wedding, or imparting parenting wisdom to their adult kids, it’s clear fathers are important throughout their children’s lives. Research tells us when dads are involved in the lives of their children, those children tend to be more psychologically and emotionally balanced and to have better social skills, higher grades and stronger parenting skills when they start their own families. When fathers are involved, children are less vulnerable to childhood poverty, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency and teen pregnancy.

June is Fatherhood Awareness Month, and Fairfax County is sponsoring a series of events to help celebrate fathers. Join us!


2019 5th Annual Fathers Matter Cookout graphic banner

Dads, their families and professionals are invited to help celebrate fathers! Enjoy food, nature hikes, a scavenger hunt, Frisbee toss, tot lot, a hula-hoop contest, arts and crafts, and giveaways. Non-Fairfax County residents, download and bring this flyer (English, Spanish) for free admission.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain or shine)
Burke Lake Park, Shelter A
7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039


June 19 - Go Red & Black

People wore red and black in support of fathers and the important role they play in the lives of their children. 

Learn more about the Father Engagement Unit, sign up for Dads’ Parenting Group classes, watch Pocket Dad videos or listen to Dad’s Eye View podcasts.

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