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


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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 2024. Dates are subject to change, so check back often.

Note: Some trainings may require attendance for multiple dates.

Foster Parent Night Out! 

Saturday, May 4, 2024 
4-7 p.m.

Meet other foster parents, enjoy dinner and a presentation by Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board on Building Resilient Communities and Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences. It will explore the impact of childhood adversity and trauma on individuals and population health, as well as strategies to improve health and well-being. Participants receive an appreciation gifts. Child care and dinner provided for children. For more information, contact Rosario Phelps.   

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 Children Entering Care: Mental Health Issues.

Training Title: Children Entering Care: Mental Health Issues (Also available in Spanish)

Description: Roughly 80% of the children in care have some mental health issues. Unfortunately, mental and behavioral health care is the largest unmet health need of these children. This class explores common mental health issues for children entering care, how disorders are diagnosed and treated, and how parents can work with professionals to support their children's mental health needs.

*The training will take approximately 1.0 hours 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 – Children Entering Care: Mental Health Issues (Under the Behavior Management 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.

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