Department of Family Services

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

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Welcome to the Department of Family Services' Community Corner. Our weekly newsletter, updated each Wednesday, 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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Join the Department of Family Services Volunteer and Partner Services program during Child Abuse Prevention Month as we collect new, unused baby supplies such as high chairs, strollers, car seats, cabinet safety latches, door knob safety covers, crib sheets, baby gates, etc. If you are interested in helping to make sure that local families have some basic necessities for their children, please email Samantha Carrico, call 571-536-8192, or sign up online to coordinate a donation drop off. We appreciate your generous donations and support to help families thrive!

Join Domestic and Sexual Violence Services’ Teen Advocates at the premiere of Blinding Love, on Thursday, April 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Bailey’s Community Center in Falls Church. This short film features Fairfax County teens committed to preventing dating violence in their communities. Join us for a night of glamour and awareness on such an important topic. Refreshments and fun activities are included. For more details, contact Debra Miller or Nora Nieto.

Join AARP Virginia and the Fairfax County Silver Shield Task Force for the 7th Annual Scam Jam on Friday, April 19 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Con artists don’t care how hard you’ve worked for your money. They steal billions of dollars from hard-working Americans every year. With advances in artificial intelligence (AI), scams can be hard to identify. Criminals make it hard to spot fraud by using AI to mimic voices, alter photos, and avoid spelling and grammar mistakes. Learn more about AI and hear a fraud victim, representatives from the American Bankers Association, cyber security experts at the FBI, and more. You’ll learn the red flags to spot scams and protect yourself and your family, as well as how to report fraud. A shred truck will be on-site from 12-3 p.m. so you can shred your sensitive documents securely. Limit of two banker size boxes per car please. All participants must register. For more details or register.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is looking for a few good volunteers! Sign up to learn about DSVS, the services the division provides and the population it serves. Discover how volunteers can contribute to the DSVS mission and the application process. Orientation is free but registration is required. Multiple dates, starting Wednesday, May 1, 2024, are available. Choose the one that works best for you.

These free groups are designed for kinship caregivers, raising a child or children for a family member or a friend, to connect with other families for support and encouragement. Virtual support groups are hosted and facilitated by Formed Families Forward, in partnership with Fairfax County Department of Family Services. This group meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Learn more or register online.

Join Julia Kay, a certified life coach and certified health and wellness coach, as she provides step-by-step instructions, tips, and inspiration to help craft a vision board. Through a series of interactive exercises and discussions, participants will gain clarity on goals and create a visual representation of their dreams. This virtual workshop will meet from 12-1 p.m. on May 3. A list of recommended supplies will be sent to registrants in advance prior to the workshop. Learn more and register online.

Join DSVS as the division celebrates the contributions of its volunteer corps on Saturday, May 4, from Noon-2 p.m. at the Sully Community Center. If you have questions about this event, please contact tanisha.cox@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Dads, sign up for our upcoming virtual Dads Parenting Group to improve parenting skills and build better relationships! The majority of dads who completed Dads Parenting Groups increased or maintained positive involvement with their children. This virtual 13-week course takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. starting Monday, May 6. Fairfax County residents or dads with children living in Fairfax are welcome. Interpretation services are available for Spanish and other languages upon request. Learn more by contacting Bennie Herron at 703-324-7308 or Lisa Payne-Chesley at 703-324-7734 or by visiting https://bit.ly/DFS-FE.

Join Alina Liao, Founder of Zenit, as she teaches caregivers how to use journaling as a tool to proactively support self-care in their daily lives. Alina guides you through journaling focused on practicing gratitude to support self-care and mental wellness. This workshop is an inclusive, affirming space for caregivers to slow down, process their thoughts and feelings, and get grounded again. Participants leave the workshop with concrete tools, practices, and inspiration to continue with Gratitude journaling and using this tool for self-care in their daily lives. This workshop runs from 12-1 p.m. Register to receive an email with access instructions.  

Managing children’s screentime year-round is a challenge for all parents, and the summer can be even harder with more free time and looser schedules. Join us for a discussion on what’s realistic for your family, how to maintain healthy limits and how to encourage children and teens to pursue other activities.  Fairfax County parents or guardians with children ages 0-18 years old are welcome at this group which meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Sign up by sending an email or call 703-324-7720 to register at least one business day before the Parent Café date. Learn more about parenting resources. 

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Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, is a global event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. You can join the effort to protect our planet – and support a healthier and more resilient Fairfax County – by taking 10 climate actions suggested by the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination. Learn more in the April issue of the Golden Gazette.

 

As part of Fairfax County’s Health and Human Services system, the Health Department strives to keep all county residents living in thriving communities where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy, safe, and realize their potential. But too many might not be aware that this mandate also includes working hand in hand with the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services division of the Department of Family Services. Learn more about this partnership.

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newsletter graphicFoster Family News for Current and Potential Fairfax County Foster Parents – April 2024

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 April 2024 newsletter. This month we focus on shifts in relative engagement and kinship care, helping children with ADHD, and a haircare video for transracial families.


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

Check out the April 2024 Golden Gazette, featuring Ray Collins, who dreamed of becoming a successful writer after retiring and finally succeeded after years of hard work and determination. You’ll also read about volunteer Julie Brown, 10 actions you can take to protect our planet, the life-changing work of Rebuilding Together-AFF and more.


newsletter graphicThe Volunteer Post Newsletter

We have many wonderful volunteers and donors helping children and families in Fairfax County. Our 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 March 2024 Issue to learn about one of our long-standing partners and some of our newest volunteers, opportunities to support local children and families, and what’s happening for Volunteer and Social Worker Appreciation months. 


newsletter graphicVolunteer Voices Newsletter

See what Domestic and Sexual Violence Services volunteers are up to in the April 2024 Volunteer Voices! Meet Brahma Koodlur, Hospital Accompaniment Support Advocate; learn how the Health Department and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services collaborate for community safety; understand reproductive coercion; find out why crying is good for self-care; and help observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Plus, give your brain a boost, read a review of “Lover, Stalker, Killer,” sign up for trainings, and more. 

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