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,

Healthy Families Fairfax – A Model Program

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Through Successful Parenting

Referral Form*

* Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7500 or TTY 711.

Healthy Families Fairfax – Cost Effective Intervention

Fiscal Year 2017 Healthy Families Fairfax- Cost Effective Intervention

  • The Healthy Families Fairfax Program is funded by Fairfax County, with additional state and donor organization contributions.
  • In 2017, Fairfax County spent an average of $54,945** per child for foster care placements such as therapeutic homes and residential care. In contrast, it costs $3,690 per family to provide prevention services through the Healthy Families Fairfax program with the goal of keeping children out of foster care.

**Average cost does not include CSA costs for maintenance payments and services.

Healthy Families Fairfax – A Model Program Designed to Help Families

In 2017, Healthy Families Fairfax served 574 children and 661 families living in Fairfax County who were at high risk for abuse and neglect. Since its inception in 1991, Healthy families has served over 5,000 families.

Healthy Families Fairfax works with parents from pregnancy until the child reaches age 3 and is enrolled in an early group education experience. This support includes: 

  • Home-based parenting education.
  • Health information.
  • Developmental screenings.
  • Referrals to community support.

Healthy Families Fairfax is a unique public-private partnership that includes two government and two nonprofit partners:

  • Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
  • Fairfax County Health Department.
  • Northern Virginia Family Service.
  • United Community Ministries.

Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

  • The long-term effects of child abuse and neglect can be serious and long-lasting.
  • In 2017, 1,875 complaints of child abuse and/or neglect were assessed or investigated by Fairfax County’s Child Protective Services.
  • Studies reveal a powerful relationship between adverse emotional experiences in childhood and the physical and mental health of adults.*
  • People who were abused or neglected as children were likely to have a four- to twelve-fold increased risk for alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, and suicide attempts. Additionally, there was a 200 to 400 percent increase in smoking, poor health and sexually transmitted diseases.*

*The ACE study was conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente. Learn more at the Center for Disease Control.

Outcomes of Healthy Families Fairfax Program

For more information, or to participate in a home visit, please call Healthy Families Fairfax at 703-324-7032.

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