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

Fatherhood Awareness Month - Community Engagement Toolkit

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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. Use this community engagement toolkit to recognize dads for all they do.

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 2020, as Fatherhood Awareness Month, a time to recognize the importance of a father’s engagement with his children and family and his contribution to their safety, security and well-being.

This year, we celebrate 10 years of offering FREE Dads Parenting Classes through Fairfax County Department of Family Services. Fathers, like mothers, play a significant role in their children’s psychological and emotional development. Our program can help participants to be the best fathers they can be.

Be an engaged dad – 94% of the fathers who graduated from the Dads Parenting Group increased or maintained positive father involvement. Check out the latest Pocket Dad videos for tips on building a stronger relationship with your children.

Various programs in Fairfax County help fathers gain parenting skills and economic self-sufficiency including Healthy Families Fairfax; the Head Start Policy Council; the Father Engagement and Parent Education programs in collaboration with Neighborhood and Community Services; and additional county and community-based agencies. Learn how DFS' parenting classes positively impacted one family.

Fathers today are recognized more and more as caregivers, playmates, teachers and nurturers–not just economic providers. Fathers play an important role in their children’s development and well-being, from birth through adulthood. For children, having an involved father increases the likelihood that they will experience positive education, health, self-esteem, and social outcomes. More information is available in this report Father and Child Well-Being: A Scan of Current Research.

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In Facebook posts, please tag us @FairfaxCountyFamilyServices. This helps people to quickly and conveniently connect with us.

Fairfax County Department of Family Services’ Dads Parenting Classes focus on improving their self-awareness, self-care, parenting skills and relationship skills. These classes give dads the tools to be better parents. Check out Pocket Dad videos on these topics: https://bit.ly/2TQJ7ut #FatherhoodMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 2020, as Fatherhood Awareness Month, a time to raise public awareness of the importance of fatherhood and the importance of a father’s engagement with his children and family. Learn more about the county’s Father Awareness Month efforts: https://bit.ly/2ZMWorK #FatherhoodMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Take a class, refer a friend or check out online resources to improve parenting skills! The county and community prevention partners offer valuable supportive services for families including virtual parenting and fathering classes, parent support groups and online parenting videos. Did you know:

  • 93% of parents demonstrated an acceptable level of positive parent-child interaction after one year of participation in the Healthy Families Fairfax program.
  • 94% of dads who completed Dads Parenting Groups increased or maintained positive involvement with their children.
  • 74% of parents who completed Fairfax County’s Parenting Education Programs demonstrated improved parenting and child-rearing attitudes.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/2ZM54yB or for online services https://bit.ly/2RUcTxy #FatherhoodMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Intensive prevention and early intervention programs have helped to significantly decrease the number of children entering foster care in Fairfax County since 2012 to 97 in 2019. Learn more about how county programs like the Dads Parenting Group support families in using positive parenting techniques: http://bit.ly/2vWVnAP #FatherhoodMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Teens often seek more independence, spend more time with peers (online and in-person), and struggle with self-esteem. Most teens have some level of conflict with parents or guardians, but they still rely on those trusted adults to provide emotional support and set limits. Fairfax County Dads Parenting Groups give you skills for effective and open communication that can make a big difference. Take a class or watch the Pocket Dad videos about teens for tips   http://bit.ly/2vWVnAP #FatherhoodMonth

Did you know that positive father-adolescent relationships are associated with more positive self-esteem, better academic performance, and fewer risky behaviors for teens as well as lower midlife stress for fathers? https://bit.ly/2TQJ7ut #FatherhoodMonth

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Social Media Tip: It's more effective to post a message with a graphic.


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Follow these quick and easy steps to download a file to your computer:

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  2. After it opens, right-click on the graphic and select to save the file.

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Messages for Twitter and Instagram

Follow these quick and easy steps to copy a message and post it along with one of the graphics from your computer.

  1. Highlight the text.
  2. Right-click and select copy.
  3. Paste the text into your post.

Dads Parenting Classes focus on improving self-awareness, self-care, parenting skills and relationship skills. Check out these Pocket Dad videos for tips. https://bit.ly/2TQJ7ut #FatherhoodMonth

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. https://bit.ly/2ZMWorK #FatherhoodMonth

Intensive prevention programs have helped to significantly decrease the number of children entering foster care in Fairfax County since 2012 to 97 in 2019. Learn how county programs like the Dads Parenting Group support positive parenting: http://bit.ly/2vWVnAP #FatherhoodMonth

Dads, take a virtual parenting class, refer a friend or check out other online resources like videos to improve parenting skills! 94% of dads who completed Dads Parenting Groups increased or maintained positive involvement with their children. http://bit.ly/2vWVnAP #FatherhoodMonth

Teens often seek more independence and time with peers, but they still rely on trusted adults to provide emotional support and set limits. Dad’s Parenting Groups and Pocket Dad videos give you communication skills that can make a big difference. http://bit.ly/2vWVnAP  #FatherhoodMonth

Did you know that positive father-adolescent relationships are associated with more positive self-esteem, better academic performance, and fewer risky behaviors for teens as well as lower midlife stress for fathers? https://bit.ly/2TQJ7ut #FatherhoodMonth
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