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,

The Volunteer Post Newsletter – Current Issue

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Welcome to the 2022 January issue of The Volunteer Post Newsletter, for current and potential volunteers, sponsors and donors interested in supporting children and families in crisis. 

Table of Contents
  • Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program Brings Joy to Hundreds of Fairfax County Families
  • Winter Coats Provide a Warm Hug!
  • Do You Know Why Mentoring Matters?
  • New Video: Impact a Child's Life for the Better – Join Volunteer & Partner Services


Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program Brings Joy to Hundreds of Fairfax County Families

Leidos person standing with giftsDue to generous donors, our Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program has brought joy to over 600 families in 2021. We provided gifts, toys, food, clothing, and winter items to 1,371 children.

Thank You to each and every donor for spending time and resources to make the holidays unfor-gift-able for these families.

Learn more about the impact of Adopt-A-Family in our community.


Winter Coats Provide a Warm Hug!

three children on bridge pathway playing in snowWhen the cold winter weather blows into Fairfax County everyone needs to bundle up to stay warm. This includes the approximately 260 children in our community who are in foster care.

Thank you to Our Children Fund for wrapping a warm hug of support around foster children in our community.

Learn more about their gift.



Do You Know Why Mentoring Matters?

During National Mentoring Month, Volunteer & Partner Services celebrates the amazing BeFriend-A-Child mentors who meet regularly to spend time with their mentees, listen to them without judgment, and help to inspire their dreams and expand their perspectives on life. Join us in recognizing mentors!

If you or someone you know is interested in mentoring a 5-12-year-old child, please sign up or contact the BeFriend-A-Child Coordinator, Tiffani Peguese by email.

National Mentoring Month - Thank You for Mentor Day  National Mentoring Month - Amplify Mentoring

New Video: Impact a Child's Life for the Better – Join Volunteer & Partner Services

We have produced a new video sharing opportunities for community service with Volunteer & Partner Services. It highlights the ways VPS connects volunteers and donors to local families with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. Please take a look and share this video to raise awareness of how working with the Administrative Assistant, Study Buddy Tutoring, BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring, and Body Safety education programs helps support the work of DFS staff to empower children and interrupt the cycle of neglect and abuse. 

About Volunteer & Partner Services (VPS)

The Volunteer Post Newsletter is part of the Department of Family Services Volunteer & Partner Services Program (VPS) - managing volunteer programs (Administrative Assistant Program, BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring Program, Body Safety Program - Speak Up Be Safe, On-Call volunteers, Study Buddy Tutoring Program); recruiting and training volunteers for programs (Father Engagement Program and Parenting Education Programs); and working with partners, sponsors and donors to help in special efforts (Adopt-A-Family Program, Baby box initiative, back-to-school backpacks). Learn more about VPS and how volunteers are making a positive difference.

Browse through past newsletters in the archive.

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