Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,

Foster Care and Adoption – Trainings and Conferences

Foster Care and Adoption provides a variety of trainings and conferences for licensed Fairfax County foster parents occurring in 2021. Dates are subject to change, so check back often.

Note: Some trainings may require attendance for multiple dates.

Cultural Awareness

Note: There are two (2) sessions in this class. Both must be attended to receive a certificate of completion.

Saturday, Aug. 7 and 14, 2021
10 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

Join the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, in partnership with Cheryl Cook, to learn about the influence of culture on identity formation in children and youth. In this training we will discuss the value of diversity, while learning tips and best practices for applying positive parenting strategies in a multi- cultural context. 

RSVP to Zachary Landau.

Family Fun Fair and Picnic

Saturday, August 14, 2021 (This event is canceled.)
10 a.m.–2 p.m. 

Location and activity information to come. 

RSVP to Zachary Landau.

Reunification: Prepare, Participate and Process

Tuesday, Aug. 17 and Thursday, Aug. 19 6-8 p.m.

Join us for an interactive discussion with foster parents around the facets of reunification including reunification policy, and permanency goals (particularly return to home); Bridging the Gap; foster parent roles; transitions; foster family’s role as grief/loss managers and; moving on after children return home. RSVP to Zachary Landau by Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021.


Note: There are nine (9) sessions in this class. All must be attended to receive a certificate of completion.
Prerequisite: Families must have had at least one foster care placement to attend. 

Tuesdays, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 9, 16, 2021 
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Join the Fairfax County Department of Family Services in learning a variety of tools and skills to help children who have experienced trauma regulate their overwhelming emotions and build upon their inherent strengths. Reflections is a trauma-informed training curriculum that offers foster/kin families tangible strategies to address difficult behavior(s) to increase placement stability. 

RSVP to Zachary Landau.

What is an IEP?

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 6:30-9 p.m.

Join the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), to learn about Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in Fairfax County. The training includes information about the process to determine eligibility for special education services and the purpose of the eligibility meeting. We will discuss what to expect during an IEP meeting for students of all ages and grade levels (i.e. preschool, elementary, and secondary), as well as accessing education services in the least restrictive environment.

RSVP to Zachary Landau  by Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

Foster to Adopt

Thursday, Oct. 14 and 21, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

Come learn about the transition from fostering to adopting and meet other families considering the same process. The training will cover issues such as transracial adoption and cultural sensitivity; the impact of adoption on child development; ongoing birth family and sibling contact; Adoption Assistance and resources. 

RSVP to Zachary Landau by Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

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