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

Foster Family News – Archive

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In case you missed them, these are the Foster Family News' past issues.

2021

  • Being A Foster Parent: Supporting Children and Their Families
  • September is Kinship Care Awareness Month
  • Unit Success Stories: Staff Helps Teen and Her Mom Restore their Relationship and Safely Reunify
  • Understanding the Impact of The Family First Prevention Services Act on Foster Care
  • Fairfax County Holds Virtual Graduation Ceremony
  • 5 Tips to Prepare Children to Go Back to School During COVID-19
  • The Foster Closet
  • COVID-19 Relief – Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: When do we engage relatives in the foster care process?
  • Story in Statistics: Children in Kinship and Foster Care
  • Foster Care Myths: Teenagers are the most difficult to foster.
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • Become a Foster Care Ambassador
  • Training – It's Essential!
  • Unit Success Stories: Saying "Yes" Without Hesitation
  • Foster Care Family Appreciation
  • Children Awaiting Adoption
  • Positive Placements for Siblings
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: How much can I spend on clothing for children placed in my home?
  • Story in Statistics: High School Graduates in Foster Care
  • Foster Care Myths: Children in foster care can't do normal things.
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • 5 Things About Julie Bowman, the New Program Manager for Resource and Support
  • Foster Care and Adoption Maintenance Rate Increase
  • Unit Success Stories: An Emergency Relative Foster Placement Leads to a Permanent Home
  • Foster Youth Shares How Legislation (H.R. 7947) Made a Difference in Her Life
  • Department of Family Services Welcomes New Facility Dog
  • June Foster Parent Breakfast Held In-Person
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: How do we register youth for free classes at rec centers?
  • Story in Statistics: Ages of Children in Foster Care
  • Foster Care Myths: You need to own your home.
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • Congratulations to the 2021 Foster Family of the Year
  • Children’s Bureau Express Highlights Reunification Month
  • How Can Birth and Foster Parents Partner to Achieve Reunification?
  • Foster Parents Connect through FAQ Breakfast
  • Overcoming the Odds – A Family Reunited
  • Raising A Relative’s Child? You Are Not Alone
  • 2021 Summer Camps and Programs
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: When do we engage relatives in the foster care process?
  • Story in Statistics: Children Reunified with Their Families
  • Foster Care Myths: I can’t foster, I would get too attached.
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • May is Foster Care Month
  • Milestones: Foster Parent Length of Service Recognition
  • Celebrating New Foster Parents
  • Unit Success Stories: Defining Success – Adaptability in the Face of a Pandemic
  • How You Can Inspire Youth in Foster Care
  • Fairfax County Foster Care by the Numbers – Annual Statistics 2020
  • Financial Support Available for Former Foster Youth
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: What is Fostering Futures?
  • Foster Care Myths: Foster kids are unfixable.
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • Words from Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Association (FCFCAA)
  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • How to Know When Your Child Has a Mental Health Concern
  • Unit Success Stories: Success Can Be the Smallest Steps
  • Support After an Adoption
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: How do I manage a youth's use of social media? 
  • Story in Statistics: Children Entering Foster Care
  • Foster Care Myths: You can’t be single.
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • Older Adults Choose Foster Parenting: Make A Lasting Difference for Youth!
  • The “Factors that Matter” for Children and Youth
  • Social Workers are Essential
  • March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • Contingency Fund Available to Support Foster Families
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: What is the difference between daycare and summer camp?
  • Story in Statistics: Top 3 Reasons Adolescents Leave Foster Care
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • Love Yourself: 5 Tips for Self-Care
  • Build Up Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Praise
  • Parenting in Transracial Foster/Adoptive Families 
  • Teen Gift Drive Exceeds Expectations
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: What do Life Skills Coordinators do? 
  • Story in Statistics: Parents Who Adopt Foster Youth
  • Sponsor and Donor Highlights
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • In Case You Missed It – Adoption Snapshots!
  • Healthy Minds Fairfax Supports Children and Teens
  • New Online Adoption Resources 
  • La Tika Jeffery 2020 Adoption Excellence Award Honoree
  • Spotlight on the South County Foster Care Unit
  • The Six Stuck Spots
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: How do we apply for WIC benefits for youth under 5, especially for formula for infants? 
  • Story in Statistics: Length of Time in Foster Care
  • Trainings and Conferences

2020

  • Words from Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Association (FCFCAA)
  • County Conversation Podcast featuring Tela Jones, Foster Care and Adoption Specialist 
  • Ways that FC&A is Responding to COVID-19 Concerns
  • Watch the Annual Adoption Video – the Morales Family’s Adoption Journey!
  • New Mandated Reporter Portal Available
  • Walkers Raise Awareness for Support of Mental Health in Foster Care
  • Spotlight on the Adoption Unit
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Question: How do I set up daycare? 
  • Story in Statistics: Mental Health Issues in Foster Care
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • Adoption Snapshots
  • County Conversation Podcast featuring Natalie Sposato, Permanency Coordinator
  • November is Adoption Awareness Month
  • Watch Our NEW Foster Parent Recruitment Video!
  • Grad Parade Celebrates Success
  • Spotlight on the Reston Foster Care Unit
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What are the expectations between the Department and Foster parents regarding communication and response time?
  • Story in Statistics: Teens Waiting for Adoption
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • Fostering Futures: La Tika Jeffery
  • Wondering about Hiring a Babysitter for a Child in Foster Care?
  • Join us at the Community Corner!
  • Spotlight on the Placement and Resource Unit
  • Healthy Minds Foster Futures Virtual 5K Walk
  • Parent and Student Support Programs
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What is the role of the Permanency Coordinator and why was one assigned to my child’s case?
  • Story in Statistics: Extended Foster Care
  • Trainings and Conferences
  • Words from Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Association (FCFCAA)
  • DFS Asks Community to Help Protect Children During COVID-19
  • County Offers Supporting Return to School (SRS) Program in Response to COVID-19
  • Back to School Routines
  • New Virtual Parent Café Offered with African American Cultural Focus
  • September is Kinship Care Awareness Month
  • Events
  • Frequently Asked Questions: How do we apply for free/reduced lunch for school-age kids?
  • Story in Statistics: Grandparents in Fairfax County Raising Children
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Foster Family in Focus: Lesley Field
  • Supporting African American Children in Foster Care
  • Kelley Traver Selected as Reunification Hero
  • DFS Parenting Education Programs Answers FAQs
  • Spotlight on South County Foster Care & Adoption Unit
  • Advice for Youth in Foster Care
  • Events
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What do I do if my child gets sick?
  • Story in Statistics: Race and Ethnicity in Fairfax County Foster Care
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Words from Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Association (FCFCAA)
  • Using Virtual Tools to Bridge the Gap
  • COG Recognizes Outstanding Foster Parents
  • Making Self-Care a Priority
  • Spotlight on Adoption and Kinship Assistance Unit
  • Speaking Your Child’s Love Language
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care
  • Events Central
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What does DFS pay for college and/or training costs? 
  • Story in Statistics: Children in the U.S. Reunified with Their Families
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • A Note of Appreciation for Foster Parents from the Director
  • Recognition of New Foster Parents
  • May is Foster Care Month
  • Bridging the Gap: Keeping Families Connected
  • Milestones: Length of Service Recognition
  • Parent Support Line and other Virtual Parenting Supports
  • A Staff Tribute to All Foster Parents
  • Spotlight on the Pre-Service Training & Home Study Unit
  • Events
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Can a child or youth have contact with their birth family via telephone, email, text, or social media? 
  • Story in Statistics: Families Certified to Serve as Foster Parents
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Foster Family in Focus: Shelley and Scott Daniel
  • Video Message from Sheila Donaldson and Kamonya Omatete
  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • New Foster Parent FAQ Breakfast
  • Connect with Us through our DFS Facebook Page
  • Spotlight on Annandale Foster Care Unit
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) Workshop
  • Upcoming Events
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What are the specific roles of the foster care specialist, resource specialist, adoption specialist, home study specialist and post adoption specialist?
  • Story in Statistics: Children Involved with Child Protective Services
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Words from Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Association (FCFCAA)
  • Traveling with Children in Foster Care
  • Tax Reminder
  • New DFS Facebook Page
  • Spotlight on the Foster Care Case Carrying Unit for the Central Region of Fairfax County
  • Upcoming Events
  • Frequently Asked Questions: How Soon Will a Child Join My Family? 
  • Story in Statistics: Top Four Reasons Children Enter Foster Care
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: SACC Suitcase Drive
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Fostering Success: Joel Choi
  • Nurture Yourself in The New Year
  • Spotlight on the In-Service Training and Home Study Unit
  • Paint Party
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Can the youth in my home have a cell phone? If they already have a cell phone, what are the parameters around allowing them to use it? Who pays for the cell phone? 
  • Story in Statistics: Children Adopted from Foster Care
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Cakes4Kids
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Foster Family in Focus: Carissa and Rouse Barker
  • Tax Deductions for Foster and Adoptive Parents
  • Spotlight on the Permanency and Life Skills Unit
  • Children Awaiting Adoption - Meet Elyas
  • Annual Holiday Party
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What is the difference between Foster Care and Adoption?
  • Story in Statistics: Siblings
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Santa’s Workshop
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences

2019

  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Reminder about Inclement Weather Policies
  • Applying to College
  • Online Training for Grief and Loss
  • November - Adoption Awareness Month
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What is respite? How do I access it?
  • Story in Statistics: Adoptions Finalized
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Hug Wrap for Foster Care
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Preparing Youth for Adult Responsibilities
  • Children Awaiting Adoption
  • Family Fun Picnic Slideshow
  • Event Central: Fairfax County School Year Calendar; Fairfax Kinship/Foster/Adoptive Parents' Night Out; Woven Together by Love
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What about transportation?
  • Story in Statistics: Minimum Age to Become a Foster Parent
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Fairfax County Park Authority
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences: Nov. 16 Supporting Youth in Foster Care Through Their Teen Years and Beyond
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Searching for Youth Advocates
  • Go Fast, Go Free: Bus Pass Program
  • Changes to Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
  • Event Central: Foster Family Focus Group; Summer Reading Event
  • Frequently Asked Questions: How long does the court/administrative process take for reunification, termination of parental rights and adoption?
  • Story in Statistics: The Average Time Youth Spend in Foster Care
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Barnes & Noble
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • New Foster Care Laws in Virginia
  • It's Immunization Time!
  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Campus Tour (Slideshow)
  • Training: It's What's Required
  • Event Central
  • Frequently Asked Questions: How do I identify a medical provider for a child placed in my home?
  • Story in Statistics: The Average Age of Youth Entering Care
  • Staff Spotlight: Sheila Donaldson
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Touching Heart Schools on a Mission After-School Program
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences (Save the Dates!)
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Success! Cordelia Cranshaw
  • Clearing the Air about Vaping
  • Foster Family in Focus: Sabrina Darden
  • Managing Expectations
  • Event Central
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Why haven’t I had a placement yet?
  • Story in Statistics: Aging out of Foster Care
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: American Systems
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences (Save the Dates!)
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Bookbag: Foster Care Awareness Month Reading List
  • Foster Parent Training and Appreciation Event Slideshow
  • Event Central: Proclamation; Life Skills Workshop; “Broken Places” Documentary and Discussion
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What should I do if a child damages property in my home?
  • Story in Statistics: Percentage of Children Placed in Foster Care by Region (FY2018)
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Canterbury Woods Elementary School
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences (Save the Dates!)
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Supportive Services Survey
  • Frequently Asked Questions: When do we engage relatives in the foster care process?
  • Story in Statistics: Race of Children in Foster Care
  • Staff Spotlight: Mary L. Adamchak
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: OPHELIA Foundation
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences (Save the Dates!)
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • What is Normal: Cell Phones and Youth
  • Frequently Asked Questions: How do I arrange for summer camp? Who is responsible for payment?
  • Story in Statistics: Children in Fairfax County Foster Care
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Hillmann Consulting LLC
  • Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Success: John Craig-Lee
  • Event Central
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What is the process for traveling out of state or out of the country with a child placed in my home?
  • Story in Statistics: Children Who Have Left Foster Care in Fairfax County
  • Staff Spotlight: Keith Wong
  • Upcoming Trainings
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • What Is Normal: Social Media and Our Youth
  • Holiday Party
  • Frequently Asked Questions: How much can I spend on clothing for children placed in my home? What is reimbursable?
  • Story in Statistics: Age of Foster Care Children in Foster Care
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Irving Burton Associates
  • Upcoming Trainings

2018

  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Adoption Awareness Month Event
  • So You Want to Be a Foster Parent Ambassador?
  • Wakefield Farmers Market
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What is the Foster Parent Support Line and how and when do I access it? What is the Child Protective Services Hotline and how and when do I access it?
  • Story in Statistics: Youth in Foster Care
  • Staff Spotlight: Penny Talley
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Holiday Spirits Donors
  • Upcoming Trainings
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Funding to Older Foster Care Youth Expanded
  • Life Skills and Soccer
  • Frequently Asked Questions: How do we register youth for free classes at rec centers? 
  • Staff Spotlight: Amanda Macaulay
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Becky Owens at Long & Foster Real Estate
  • Upcoming Trainings
  • Bethany Shively, FCFCAA president, Shares a Special Message
  • Highlights of the Wonderful Annual Graduation
  • New Job Training Opportunities
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What is Fostering Futures?
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Saint Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church
  • Upcoming Trainings
  • View from Campus
  • Rec ‘n Roll at Gum Springs: A Respite Program for Adoptive Families
  • Family Fun Fair
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Who is permitted to babysit?
  • Staff Spotlight: Vellma Lukic
  • Donors and Sponsors Highlights: Touching Heart and Greater Little Zion Baptist Church of Fairfax
  • Upcoming Trainings
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