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 Care and Adoption – Videos

The Hardin Family’s Foster Care and Adoption Story

Meet Danita, a retired teacher turned full-time mom who devotes herself to caring for her growing family of eight children. Over time, as it became clear that the children would not be able to return to their birth families, Danita adopted two sets of siblings and one teenager from foster care. She is caring for another child in foster care. In a home overflowing with such love and laughter, there is never a dull moment. Danita Hardin is licensed and supported by our partner organization, For Children’s Sake of Virginia, which offers therapeutic foster care and services for families. We appreciate their partnership in the creation of this video. Learn more about their story and how we help connect children with forever families through adoption.

Meet the Kokotajlos

Congratulations to the Kokotajlos! They’ve been recognized as the 2021 Fairfax County Foster Parents of the Year by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Get to know Scott and Marie Kokotajlo and how they developed supportive, trusting relationships in which children felt safe and nurtured, and the children’s biological family felt at ease. As they moved toward family reunification, the Kokotajlos came alongside the children’s mother and shared parenting strategies they’d found to work well with each child. The children returned home to their mother more than a year ago and both families remain in touch giving further evidence of the strong, caring relationships the Kokotajlos have built with the whole family. 

Meet Foster Parent, Aisha Bigbee

Learn from foster parent, Aisha Bigbee, about developing partnerships with biological parents, forming lasting bonds with children in her care, and the joy she feels when families reunite and kids thrive!

The Morales Family’s Adoption Journey

Today, nearly 200 Fairfax County children are in foster care through the Department of Family Services' Foster Care and Adoption Program. When reunification with the birth family or other relatives is not possible, we seek a permanent home through adoption. Check out this video (Facebook or YouTube) about the journey to adoption for special families like this one who adopted four brothers.

Meet the Dredges

Recognized as the 2020 Fairfax County Foster Parents of the Year by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), Danielle and Jesse Dredge have provided Fairfax foster children with stability, structure, nurturing, and connection. The Dredge family has fostered a sibling set of brothers, a teen mother and her child, and a teen male. With each placement they have been influential in how they manage the children’s adjustment to their placement, provide interventions and strategies when children have noted struggles, set clear boundaries, and worked with the child and biological family toward reunification. Get to know them and why they want to make a difference in the lives of children through foster care. 

A Temporary Home Becomes a Permanent Family

Meet Christa, Isabella, Daniel and Tori who became a permanent family through adoption this year. As foster parent to Tori from birth, Christa was ready to adopt the three siblings when it became clear that they would not be able to return home from foster care. Check out the video to learn how we help connect children with forever families through adoption.

Isabella's Adoption Story

Meet the Andersons - 2019 Foster Parents of the Year

Anderson family groupJeffrey and Shannon Anderson have been honored as the 2019 Foster Parents of the Year for Fairfax County by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). The Andersons have eight daughters, six biological and two adopted, ranging in age from 6 months to 12 years months. When they got the call to care for a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with a critical heart condition and in need of a transplant, they didn’t hesitate to open their home and their hearts. Although the boy received a new heart, he encountered significant complications. The Andersons spent sleepless nights in the hospital by his side. Unfortunately, he recently passed away. The Anderson family is devastated as they continue to grieve this terrible loss. In honor of the Andersons’ foster son, COG will donate $2,500 to support medically fragile children within the foster care system. Check out their heartbreaking yet heartwarming story.

 

Meet the Forbeses

 

Meet the Connollys

 

Meet the Kanyugis

 

Meet the Divelys

 

Meet the Jacksons

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meet the Zellers - 2018 Foster Parents of the Year

Zeller family group

The Zeller family was honored as the 2018 Foster Parents of the Year for Fairfax County by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The Zellers parented a 2-year-old who joined their family at 14 months of age. Despite facing many personal challenges in the past year, the Zeller family continued to provide exemplary care for the child by being proactive in utilizing professional supports and advocating for the child's needs. The Zellers strive to maintain relationships with children and birth parents whom they have previously fostered. Check out their story!

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