The Department of Family Services' Life Skills program for youth aged 14 to 21 in foster care help prepare them for adult responsibilities and choices. Youth served may live in foster homes, with a family member, in group homes, in therapeutic residential facilities, or on their own. Our community plays an important role in supporting youth safety, stability, and well-being.
Sponsor a High School Teen
Help a teen who is completing high school by making a contribution toward prom clothing and tickets; class trips; graduation events and expenses; senior class pictures; school rings and school supplies; yearbooks; gift certificates for clothing and haircuts, eyeglasses or contacts, sports equipment, musical instruments, bicycles; or gift cards for the annual Fairfax County Department of Family Services’ Foster Care Graduation Event.
Sponsor Education After High School
Help a teen who is bound for college or vocational training, or currently attending college. You can support our teens by making a contribution toward college application fees, books, and supplies; toiletries; dorm essentials; care packages; gas or public transportation fare cards; and other gift cards. Teens also need guidance completing applications, financial aid forms, visits to college campuses, and a place to go “home” to during school breaks.
Support Teens Transitioning Out of Foster Care
Make contributions toward: new household items; small appliances; truck rentals to move their belongings; car repairs and maintenance; and gift cards to purchase clothing, haircuts, groceries, gas, public transportation fare cards, and furniture.
Sponsor a Pregnant Teen or Teen Mother
Make a contribution toward: baby care items; car seats; furniture; diapers; safety gates; children’s clothing; books; and other reading materials about fetal development, child development, and parenting.
Teach a Training Workshop
Share your lifelong knowledge and skills with teens. Life Skills Groups meet each month at various Fairfax locations. Teens learn about: money and credit management, budgeting, personal safety, digital devices, household maintenance, automobile maintenance, communication skills, dating violence and prevention, healthy eating and cooking, anger management, college preparation, the legal system, their rights and responsibilities, career exploration, and job readiness.
- Coach or tutor in-school subjects for SAT or GED test preparation.
- Help teens learn about the work environment.
- Help teens learn about computers and commonly used computer software applications.
- Sponsor the tour of a community facility, business, or factory.
- Provide space for meetings, trainings, and special events.
- Provide employment or volunteer opportunities (during the summer or school year).
- Donate tickets to sports, entertainment, social functions, arts and cultural, bowling, skating, fairs, festivals, movies, museums, parks, and recreation centers.
- Donate advertising space in newspapers, newsletters, websites, or on the radio and television.
- Donate items for life books – cameras, film, scrapbooks and supplies, film processing, and tools.
- Donate food/snacks for training events.
- Volunteer your time at a special event, training, career fair, or other group event.
- Help youth celebrate a birthday or holiday by donating gifts or gift cards.
Make checks payable to: Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
On the memo portion of the check, please write: Foster Care - Independent Living Contribution Account.
Mail checks to:
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Attn: Foster Care and Adoption - Permanency & Life Skills Unit
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
For more information, call 703-324-7639; TTY: 703-222-9452.
Thank you for your interest and support!
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