Department of Family Services – Children, Youth 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


The Hardin Family's Foster Care and Adoption Story

screenshot Danita Hardin and seven childrenMeet Danita, a retired teacher turned full-time mom who devotes herself to caring for her growing family of eight children. Over time, as it became clear that the children would not be able to return to their birth families, Danita adopted two sets of siblings and one teenager from foster care. She is caring for another child in foster care. In a home overflowing with such love and laughter, there is never a dull moment. Danita Hardin is licensed and supported by our partner organization, For Children’s Sake of Virginia, which offers therapeutic foster care and services for families. We appreciate their partnership in the creation of this video. Learn more about their story and how we help connect children with forever families through adoption.


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.

Learn about other families in our community whose lives have been made better through welcoming children into their hearts and homes by checking out our Foster Care and Adoption stories video playlist.


Celebrating Adoption Month – A Message from our DFS Directors

screenshot Michael Becketts speakingFairfax County Foster Care and Adoption recently hosted Fairfax adoptive families for a virtual celebration of families Woven Together by Love. Check out this affirming welcome message from our agency directors to the adoptive families in our community.


Adoption Snapshots Tell a Story – Meet the Chirino-Mendez Family

Adoption Snapshots - Chirino-Mendez 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. Learn more about Adoption Snapshots.


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.


Adoption Community Engagement Toolkit

message clouds graphicJoin the conversation on social media and help raise awareness about adoption from foster care. Use the graphics and messages in our community engagement toolkit to spread the word through social media.


Wednesday, Nov. 3 – County Conversation Podcast

Kendall McFarlandCounty Conversation host Jim Person interviewed Kendall McFarland, Foster Care and Adoption specialist with the Department of Family Services.

Check out their conversation and learn about the increased need for family members and friends who are willing to foster and even adopt children when parents are unable to care for them.


Tuesday, Nov. 9 – 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.

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Adoption Fun Facts

  • Between Oct. 1, 2020 and Oct. 1, 2021, 23 adoptions were finalized in Fairfax County.

  • 52% of children adopted were 10 years old and older.

  • 48% of children adopted were 9 years old and younger.

Story in Statistics - Finalized adoptions between Oct. 1, 2020 and Oct. 1, 2021, 23 adoptions were finalized in Fairfax County graphic


Foster Family News

Foster Family News graphic logo Our monthly Foster Family Newsletter provides a window into the experiences of foster and adoptive parents, children in care, alumni of foster care, and the 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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