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.

2020

  • 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 Question: 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 Question: 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 Question: 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: Cell Phones
  • 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 Question: 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 Question: 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: Engaging 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: Arranging for Summer Camp and How to Make Payments
  • 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: Traveling with Children
  • 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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