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 2022. Dates are subject to change, so check back often.

Note: Some trainings may require attendance for multiple dates.

The Four A’s Approach to Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thursdays Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, and 17, 2022 (Training Postponed; Date To Be Determined)
Virtual via Zoom

Fairfax County foster and adoptive parents are invited to join the Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption in partnership with The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) for a four-session workshop series about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The training will be presented by Marcus Stallworth, LMSW, CWLA Director, Training and Implementation. 

RSVP to Zachary Landau.

Supporting Youth in Foster Care, Teen Years and Beyond

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 
Join the Fairfax County Department of Family Services’ (DFS) Permanency and Life Skills Unit to learn about how DFS can support foster families and the youth in their home through an annual life skills assessment and the development of a transitional living plan. Families will also learn about strategies and services that aid teens in developing independent living skills to prepare them for healthy, productive lives.

RSVP to Zachary Landau by Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.

Reunification: Prepare, Participate and Process

Thursdays, Feb. 10 and 17, 2022
6:30-8:30 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 Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.

Attachment-Focused Parenting: Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Thursday, Mar. 10, 2022
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

Foster and adoptive parents need reassuring, practical advice for promoting secure attachment in their children. This workshop helps participants: 

  • Understand how attachment develops.
  • Become familiar with the different styles of attachment. 
  • Explore life events and experiences, including neurobiological influences that interrupt the development of secure attachment. 
  • Develop attachment-focused parenting techniques.
  • Integrate sensory-related activities that help with emotional regulation and promote connection.

RSVP to Kendra Smith by Friday, Mar. 4, 2022.

Foster to Adopt

Thursday, Apr. 14 and 21, 2022
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

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, Apr. 8, 2022.

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