Department of Family Services – Children, Youth and Families

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


To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.

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 2023. Dates are subject to change, so check back often.

Note: Some trainings may require attendance for multiple dates.

Virtual REVIVE! Training

Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Friday, January 26, 2024, from noon-1 p.m.
Fairfax County foster parents are invited to attend a special virtual training provided by the Community Services Board. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, how to administer naloxone nasal spray to potentially reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, and what to do and not do when responding. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive the REVIVE! kit (two CPR mouth barriers, vinyl gloves, stickers, instruction card and/or no-cost naloxone).

RSVP to Kristina Jordan for the link by Dec. 22, 2023.

Foster Parent College Training Highlight (For Fairfax County Foster Parents Only)

Foster Parent College (FPC) is a great way to obtain training on key topics from the comfort of your home. FPC provides newly approved and seasoned foster parents with a curriculum designed to build new skills and reinforce information acquired from New Generation PRIDE (formerly PRIDE). As approved foster parents with Fairfax County, all classes are free and available to you 24/7. You may choose to take any class you believe will be helpful for your own personal growth and development. This month’s featured training is Understanding Birth Family Relationships.

Training Title: Understanding Birth Family Relationships

Description: Parents can ensure their children's well-being by communicating with them openly about their biological family, facilitating contact, and helping them find closure. This class explores the range of openness in adoption, the birth connection, and birth relationships.

*The training will take approximately 1.0 hour to complete and fulfills 2.0 hours of on-line in-service training. You may take the class at your own pace.

Register Online

Log In with your log in credentials.
Scroll and select the course titled – Understanding Birth Family Relationships (Under the Parenting Strategies Courses tab)
Select Enroll to begin the course.

If you have questions or need additional support, please reach out to one of the in-service trainers; Emily Thomas. You may also contact FPC at 541-343-6636 or toll free at 1-800-777-6636, (PT) for technical difficulties. As always, once a class is completed, please email the certificate to Emily Thomas.

Back to top

(return to Foster Care and Adoption)

Fairfax Virtual Assistant