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

May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month - Community Engagement Toolkit

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In Fairfax County, currently more than 112 families are certified by the Department of Family Services to provide caring, safe and nurturing homes for children and youth in foster care.

We celebrate all those who have invited a child in need into their hearts and homes and express our profound appreciation for those who make foster care possible. Learn about the May 2020 Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month proclamation.

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May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month. Foster care refers to finding a temporary home for a child outside the home where he or she had been raised. This may occur as a result of abuse, neglect or other circumstances that put the child at risk.

In the United States, 263,000 children entered foster care in federal fiscal year 2018. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, 2,743 children entered foster care in state fiscal year 2018. In Fairfax County, 97 children entered foster care in fiscal year 2019. Learn more about how to become a foster parent to children in need of a home.

During Foster Care Month, we recognize the role of foster care in providing children with opportunities to be part of safe, caring families, and helping them connect to permanent homes through reunification, permanent placement with relatives, or preparation for adoption. Learn more.

In Fairfax County, currently more than 112 families certified by the Department of Family Services provide caring, safe, and nurturing homes for nearly 200 children and youth in foster care. Foster parents are part of the team that cares for their wellbeing, offers love and support, and contributes to children’s positive sense of self. Learn more about how to become a foster parent.

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May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. 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 and those 9 years of age and older. Learn more about how to become a foster parent https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT or email Patricia.Aviles-cubillos@fairfaxcounty.gov.

May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. We can all agree that every child should live in a loving, stable and nurturing home. We appreciate foster parents for taking an extraordinary step in opening 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/2YuZyzT or email Patricia.Aviles-cubillos@fairfaxcounty.gov.

May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. Foster parents help to make sure that youth have the normal experiences that children need as they grow up. 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/2YuZyzT.

May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. As a community, we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Find resources https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT, information and volunteer opportunities https://bit.ly/2WuCYo6 to help ensure that their future is bright.

May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, check out the monthly Foster Family Newsletter https://bit.ly/3b92Xag to learn about training opportunities, foster care successes, and ways to support foster children and parents.

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May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. Did you know that no matter your marital status, you can be a foster parent to a child in need? Learn more https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT or email Patricia.Aviles-cubillos@fairfaxcounty.gov.

May is Foster Care & Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. Thank you, foster parents, for opening hearts & homes. Help provide short-term respite care so foster parents can take a break https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT or email Patricia.Aviles-cubillos@fairfaxcounty.gov.

May is Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. Foster parents help youth have the normal experiences that children need as they grow up. Meet some families firsthand who are committed to helping https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT.

May is Foster Care & Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. As a community, we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Find resources https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT & opportunities https://bit.ly/2WuCYo6 to help.

May is Foster Care & Foster Family Recognition Month https://bit.ly/3d3zv6I. Interested in becoming a foster parent? Check out Foster Family Newsletter https://bit.ly/3b92Xag for training opportunities, foster care successes, & ways to support children and parents.

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