Department of Family Services

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

Michael A. Becketts,
Director

Community Corner

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Welcome to the Department of Family Services' Community Corner. Our weekly newsletter provides information about upcoming events, parenting and wellness tips, programs and services, and more! Share these helpful posts with your family and friends.

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dental team MCCP Helps Give Kids a Smile

On Friday, April 22, the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP) Foundation partnered with the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS) to host a local Give Kids A Smile event at the office of Dr. Harshit Aggarwal in Annandale. Local dentists and dental specialists volunteered their time to perform oral examinations, interpret x-rays, and provide plans for further treatment. MCCP staff registered families and provided transportation from all over Fairfax County. Each of the 42 children in attendance have been assigned to a dentist who has agreed to provide pro-bono care for the next two years! Learn more.

MCCP is a program of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, administered by the Health Access Assistance Team (HAAT) under the Public Assistance and Employment Services division, and is a collaboration between Fairfax County Government and the medical and business communities.

Post-Permanency and Life Skills UnitUnit Success Stories: Life Skills Services Help Foster Youth Transition to a Bright Future

We’re shining a spotlight on the work of our Post-Permanency and Life Skills Unit. One of the things that drives their work is knowing that foster youth are less likely to graduate from high school. Check out how our Life Skills Services helped one youth to get plugged into a professional training program after graduation. Check it out!

TrophyRecognizing Foster Parents for their Length of Service Milestones

We love our foster parents! So, this is the time we say THANK YOU! to the foster parents who have reached important milestones with our program. Each year we recognize those who have served as foster parents for a notable length of time in five-year increments. This year, we honor these foster parents. Learn More

nvfs-logo.pngNorthern Virginia Family Services Provides a (Near) Century of Support

Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS), established in 1924 to help families in need, has expanded its services over the decades to help families become stable and self-sufficient, lifting people out of poverty to hopeful futures. Recently, we sat down with Paola Sandoval-Moshenberg, director of NVFS’ Multicultural Center, to talk about the nonprofit and its partnership with the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC). Learn more about that partnership.

 

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Domestic and Sexual Violence Services helps survivors reclaim their story through art, movement, and stitching. Over the course of the next 12-week session, scheduled to start September 12, 2022, group members will use art making, movement and hand-stitching to begin telling their stories of violence, survival, and healing Monday afternoons from 12:30-2 p.m. Get more information about story cloths. To sign up, contact Kathryn Harlow 703-246-3169 or Jeannette Aleman (Spanish) 703-704-6737.

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Thursday, May 26 - Tier 2: Working with Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence often face specific barriers when escaping abusive partner and family dynamics. These challenges can include specific legal issues related to their immigration status, limited economic supports, and language and cultural barriers when accessing supportive services. These and other issues put immigrant families at higher risk of domestic violence than other populations. This training is free, but registration is required.

Friday, May 27 - Faith and Spirituality in the Caregiving Journey

For many family caregivers and their loved ones who are experiencing severe illness or are at the end-of-life, faith and spiritual beliefs are powerful factors in coping with illness, pain, suffering, and loss. Understanding how one’s own spiritual traditions influence health care decisions is essential. In this virtual panel conversation we will explore how faith and spirituality, in whatever form, can help family caregivers in their journey. Join us from 2-3 p.m. for our discussion on Faith and Spirituality in the Caregiving Journey. Register to attend.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – Free Virtual Kinship Café: Relative Caregiving – Lessons Learned

Are you raising a child for a family member or friend? If you answered “yes,” you are a kinship caregiver, and you are not alone. Kinship Cafés provide encouragement and foster a sense of community among kinship caregivers.

Join us between 6:30-8 p.m. for our discussion about Relative Caregiving – Lessons Learned. Sign up by sending an email or call 703-324-7720 to register at least one business day before the Kinship Café date. Learn more about Virtual Kinship Cafés and check out future dates.

Friday, June 3, 2022 – Teen Talent Showcase

Come to a celebration of art and performance and raise awareness about teen dating violence. This year’s theme, Awareness + Action = Social Change, encourages bystanders to do what they can to interrupt violence when they witness it. Artwork and performances featured are from the annual art contest where teens respond to what this year’s theme means to them. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on the “People’s Choice” prize.

Join us at 5 p.m. in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Auditorium and Forum, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035. Questions? Contact Debra Miller or Yolanda Bonilla.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 – Free Virtual African American Culturally-Focused Parenting Classes (Parenting Children Ages 5-11)

The African American parenting classes’ core curriculum is the same as the basic Parenting Education Programs, but it also emphasizes how African American history has affected the parenting style for African Americans. The curriculum delves into African American history, culture, and traditions. This 13-week class meets from 6-8 p.m. Ready to sign-up or have questions? Contact us by email or call 703-324-7720.

Learn more about the variety of parenting classes available.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - Tier 2 Serving Male-Identified Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

While data continue to show girls and women are disproportionately impacted by intimate partner violence, boys and men can also experience victimization and deserve holistic and survivor-centered services. Male-identified survivors of intimate partner violence face unique barriers in accessing services and disclosing their victimization. This webinar, scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m., will discuss the dynamics of intimate partner violence with male victims and how they can be shaped by social norms around gender and masculinity. It will explore some of the barriers faced by male-identified victims/survivors; increase understanding of challenges for service providers working with male survivors and identify new collaborations to improve services to this population. This webinar is free, but registration is required.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 – Free Virtual Parenting Classes (Parenting Children Ages 0-4)

Do you have children in the 0-4 age range? This 16-session parenting class shows parents how to recognize and understand feelings; nurturing parenting routines; infant massage; child development; and ways to foster positive self-esteem in themselves and their children. The sessions take place from 6-8 p.m. Ready to sign-up or have questions? Contact us by email or call 703-324-7720. Learn more about the variety of parenting classes available.

Thursdays, June 9-July 14, Free Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Don't let ongoing health problems stop you from living the life you enjoy. Fairfax County's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a FREE six-week group interactive workshop series for individuals who are interested in learning how to live better by effectively managing their ongoing health conditions, and for caregivers who are dealing with caregiver stress. Learn and share positive strategies for better overall health including: managing pain & fatigue, eating better, increasing physical activity and so much more! Connect with others managing similar concerns. Group meets in person. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. For more information, please call 703-324-7721, TTY 711, or email Dianne.Duke@FairfaxCounty.gov.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – Free Virtual Parenting Classes (Parenting Children Ages 12-18 in Spanish)

Do you have children in the 12-18 age range? This 12-week parenting class offered in Spanish shows parents how to learn nurturing communication strategies, how to recognize each other’s needs, how to understand the developmental stages of adolescence, and ways to build their own personal power, self-concept and self-esteem. Ready to sign-up or have questions? Contact us by email or call 703-324-7720.

Learn more about the variety of parenting classes available.

Limited Scheduling – Free Virtual Body Safety Program Classes

The Body Safety Program is now offering free virtual classes to any Pre-K through sixth grade students living in Fairfax County. Using the Childhelp® Speak Up Be Safe curriculum, trained facilitators help children build safety skills, preparing them to identify risks such as, child abuse, bullying, and internet predators. If you’re interested in learning more about or scheduling a virtual class(es), contact Francesca Watson by email at or call 703-324-7459. Learn more about this program. 

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newsletter graphicFoster Family News for Current and Potential Fairfax County Foster Parents

Our monthly Foster Family Newsletter shares resources and experiences relevant to foster and adoptive parents, children in care, and the resource workers who support them. Check out the May 2022 newsletter to learn about Foster Care Month resources, African American hair care tips, and ways we are recognizing local foster parents


newsletter graphicGolden Gazette Newsletter Covers a Variety of Topics Concerning Older Adults and Caregivers in Fairfax County

Check out the May 2022 newsletter featuring Dan Hall, who celebrated his 105th birthday in February and has lived in the county for 69 years. You’ll also learn about nutrition resources for aging in place, Adult Abuse Prevention Month, assisting others to “age their way,” and more.


newsletter graphicThe Volunteer Post Newsletter

We have many wonderful volunteers and donors helping children and families in Fairfax County. The Volunteer Post Newsletter provides a glimpse into the many ways to get involved in making a difference and supporting families in our community. Check out the 2022 March newsletter!


newsletter graphicVolunteer Voices Newsletter

Volunteer Voices is a monthly newsletter for current and potential Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS) volunteers. Check out the May issue to learn the importance of pronouns, find out how good you are at self-care, take a deep dive into Northern Virginia Family Services, meet this month’s featured volunteer, register for trainings, and more. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services division, contact Tanisha Cox.

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Department of Family Services logoThe Department of Family Services (DFS) promotes the well-being of the County's diverse community by protecting and improving the lives of children, adults and families through supportive services, education and advocacy.

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