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

November is Adoption Awareness Month

National Adoption Awareness Month 2020 In Times of Test, Family is Best banner graphic

Join us in celebrating our adoptive families and all those who support them!

Interested in adoption? Learn more about the Foster Care & Adoption program.


The Morales Family’s Adoption Journey

Morales family children holding pumpkins - video screen shot of photoToday, nearly 200 Fairfax County children are in foster care through the Department of Family Services' Foster Care and Adoption Program. When reunification with the birth family or other relatives is not possible, we seek a permanent home through adoption. Check out this video (Facebook or YouTube) about the journey to adoption for special families like this one who adopted four brothers.


A Temporary Home Becomes a Permanent Family

screenshot 2019 video celebration adoptive families - parent and three children doing activity at tableMeet Christa, Isabella, Daniel and Tori who became a permanent family through adoption this year. As foster parent to Tori from birth, Christa was ready to adopt the three siblings when it became clear that they would not be able to return home from foster care. Check out the video celebrating an adoptive family in 2019 to learn how we help connect children with forever families through adoption.


Adoption Snapshots Tell a Story – Meet the Parker Family

Adoption Snapshots - Parker family feature photo graphicAdoption Snapshots catches a glimpse of families brought together through adoption. Parents share in their own words what it was like to meet and then build a bond with the children they have welcomed into their hearts and homes. We're grateful for these parents who were courageous enough to partner with our agency to provide permanent homes to children in need. A new snapshot will be posted each week in November. Last week we met the Lawson and Lindo-Allen families. This week, meet the Parker family.


Children Awaiting Adoption

AdameMeet some of the wonderful children awaiting adoption through the Department of Family Services.

Most of these children are older children and youth who can benefit from the support of loving families to help them succeed in life. Please share their profiles and videos to help them find permanent families.


Community Engagement Toolkit

message clouds graphicJoin the conversation on social media about the 2020 Adoption Awareness Month. Use the community engagement toolkit to access talking points and social media graphics and messages.


Wednesday, Nov. 4 – County Conversation Podcast

studio microphoneCounty Conversation host Jim Person talked with Tela Jones, a Foster Care & Adoption specialist with the Department of Family Services. Check out their conversation to learn about Tela’s unique perspective of adoption as a worker and as an adoptive parent.


Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Proclamation

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month. This is a special time to recognize the powerful love families show when they adopt a child through foster care, and to raise awareness about the ways that the county continues to support families post adoption. Learn more about the proclamation.

(Note: This photo was taken at the 2019 proclamation.)

2019 Adoption Awareness Month Proclamation group photo


Adoption Fun Facts

  • Between Oct. 1, 2019 and Oct. 1, 2020, 41 adoptions were finalized in Fairfax County.

  • 55% of children adopted were 10 years old and older.

  • 45% of children adopted were 9 years old and younger.

Did you know? In Fairfax County, 75% of children waiting for adoption are over the age of 13.

Story in Statistics graphic - 75% of children waiting for adoption are over the age of 13


Foster Family News

Foster Family News graphic logoWe have many wonderful foster/adoptive parents serving children in Fairfax County. Our monthly Foster Family Newsletter provides a window into the experiences of foster and adoptive parents, children in care, alumni of foster care, and resource workers who support them. It also includes pertinent information on a variety of services and supports that are available for Fairfax County foster and adoptive families. Check out the latest newsletter.


For media inquiries, contact Department of Family Services' Public Information Officer Amy Carlini by email office phone 703-324-7758 or mobile phone 571-355-6672.

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