Department of Family Services – Children, Youth and Families

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


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Fairfax County Foster Care Annual Statistics

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, nurturing and stable environment. Unfortunately, there are some families who struggle to provide the security and positive childhood experiences their kids need. 

The Department of Family Services' Foster Care and Adoption Program offers children a temporary home with loving, dedicated foster parents until they can return to their families or go to permanent homes. The healthy relationships and environments foster parents provide are a buffer against adverse experiences and ensure the long-term physical and emotional well-being of children. 

Fairfax County Foster Care Statistics Updated May 2024

Fairfax County Foster Care Statistics Updated May 2024

If you are interested in foster care, here are some statistics that you might want to consider. Numbers may not equal 100% due to rounding in some cases.

There are more than 5,000 children in foster care in Virginia. (VDSS).

At any time, there are approximately 200 children in foster care in Fairfax County. On April 30, 2024. there were approximately 220 children and youth in foster care.

Children and Youth in Fairfax County Foster Care

100 children and youth entered Fairfax County foster care in FY 2023.

Of the children and youth in foster care in Fairfax, 55% are girls and 45% are boys.  

Ages of Children and Youth in Fairfax County Foster Care:

  • 35% are age 5 and under
  • 22% are age 6-13 years
  • 23% are 14-17 years
  • 20% are 18-20 years

Children and Youth in care in each Racial Group:

  • 31% are Hispanic
  • 37% are African American
  • 15% are Multi-Racial
  • 43% are Caucasian
  • 5% fall into other groups

Ethnicity of Children in care

  • 44% are Hispanic
  • 49% are Non-Hispanic
  • 7% unknown
Fairfax County Foster Placements

Types of Foster Placements for Children:

  • 63% of children in Foster Care in Fairfax County are in foster homes
  • 16% are in Independent Living
  • 11% are in congregate care
  • 8% are in relative foster homes
  • 2% are in trial home visits

There are approximately 120 active foster families certified through Fairfax County.

Children and Youth Leaving Foster Care in FY 2023

The median stay in Fairfax County foster care was 1.96 years. 76 children left foster care in Fairfax County in FY 2023:

  • 29% of Fairfax County children in foster care returned to their birth family
  • 47% of children were adopted
  • 1% were permanently placed with relatives
  • 21% of children aged out without a permanent home at 21
  • 1% exited in other ways


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*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7500 or TTY 703-222-9452.

Learn about the Department of Family Services Foster Care & Adoption Program.

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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