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May is Foster Care Month. Did you know that no matter your marital status, you can be a foster parent to a child in need? Single, divorced and married (including LGBTQ couples) folks are all welcome, as long as you are at least 18 years old. Fairfax County’s greatest need is for loving homes for children in sibling groups of 3 or more, children with special needs, and children ages 11-17. Learn more about how to become a foster parent https://bit.ly/DFS-FCA or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov.
We can all agree that every child should live in a loving, stable and nurturing home. Foster Care Month is a special time to thank foster parents for taking the extraordinary step to open their hearts and homes to children in need of a safe place to call home. Learn how you can provide short-term respite care so foster parents can take a break for a day, a weekend, or a week https://bit.ly/DFS-FCA or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov.
May is Foster Care Month when we recognize foster parents for helping to make sure that kids can be kids. They nurture children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and help children overcome past traumatic experiences so that they can reach their full potential. Meet some families firsthand who are committed to helping https://bit.ly/DFS-FCA.
May is Foster Care Month. As a community, we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Find resources and information https://bit.ly/DFS-FCA and volunteer opportunities to help ensure that their future is bright http://bit.ly/DFS-VPS.
During Foster Care Month, if you are considering becoming a foster parent, check out the monthly Foster Family Newsletter to learn about training opportunities, foster care stories, and ways to support foster children and parents. https://bit.ly/3b92Xag.
During Foster Care Month and throughout the year, we are grateful to foster parents as they play a vital role in supporting biological parents and helping them enhance their relationship with their children to achieve family stability and maintain family connections in support of the goal of family reunification or permanent placement with relatives. Learn more https://bit.ly/DFS-FCA or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov.
In Virginia there are nearly 5,000 children and youth in foster care, and more than 400 youth are in congregate care such as group homes and residential treatment facilities who need a foster home. Learn more https://bit.ly/DFS-FCA or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov.
In Fairfax County, approximately 200 children are in foster care. Check out our data dashboard for some statistics to help you learn more about the local scope of foster care. Considering becoming a foster parent? Learn more https://bit.ly/DFS-CYF-FCA-AS or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov.