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

Oriane Eriksen,

June is Fatherhood Awareness Month

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Fathers matter. Whether it’s changing a diaper, learning how to braid hair, helping with homework, being the best man at their child’s wedding, or imparting parenting wisdom to their children as they learn to parent, 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 taking this opportunity to celebrate fathers. Join us!

Fairfax County sealProclamation

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 2020, as Fatherhood Awareness Month, a time to raise public awareness of the importance of a father’s engagement with his children and family. Learn more about the proclamation.

message cloudsCommunity Engagement Toolkit

Fathers are irreplaceable in the lives of their children. They contribute to their children’s safety and stability, and there is a direct link between positive father involvement and child well-being. Share these easy-to-use social media tools as a way to recognize dads for all they do.

Andre and Heather family photoGiving Parents the Right Tools: African American Parenting Classes and Dads Parenting Groups

We received a moving testimonial from a family so positively changed by DFS' parenting programs that they keep coming back for more. Learn more about Heather and Andre’s story.

Yuri, Mercedes, show host talking in boothSpanish-Language Radio Program - WUST "La Voz del Condado de Fairfax"

Yuri Villacorta and Mercedes Alonzo from the Children, Youth and Families Division were guests on WUST’s Spanish-language program 1120 AM “La Voz del Condado de Fairfax” discussing Fairfax County services that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect. They focused specifically on our Father Engagement Program and issues in parenting that are specific to dads. If you missed it, check out the interview through the SoundCloud podcast.

parent and two teenagers9 Ways to Make a Difference in a Teen’s Life

Looking for some ways to make a difference in your teen’s life? Overwhelmed by their attitudes? Struggling to connect? Or perhaps you want to help a teen who needs support. Check out these 9 ways to make a difference in a teen’s life.

Learn more about the Father Engagement Unit, sign up for Dads Parenting Group classes, watch Pocket Dad Videos or listen to a variety of podcasts.

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