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, 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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awareness month logoSeptember is Child Welfare Workforce Development Month

We have some of the most dedicated child welfare professionals around, and we would love to expand our team. If you are looking to work in a diverse community, supporting children and families, then this opportunity may be right for you. We offer a competitive salary and benefits. Learn more information about the positions or apply.

scam alertFraudsters Distort Civic Duty to Confuse Citizens

Scam alert! Scammers are attempting to criminally defraud unsuspecting citizens by claiming to be law enforcement officers or court personnel, calling and demanding fines be paid for purported failure to appear for jury duty. Learn more in this Golden Gazette article about this scam and how to protect yourself.

Stress-looming-over-womanGoing Back to School Can Trigger Ambient Stress

It’s no surprise that family stress can run high as children return to school in the fall, but sometimes kids have trouble clearly communicating their feelings. Volunteer & Partner Services provides some insight about the source of ambient stress, and ways to overcome it. Check it out.

Teri DouglasMeet Teri Douglas, ADAPT Volunteer with Domestic and Sexual Violence Services!

“Empowering yourself to make a difference is the best part of volunteering,” says Teri Douglas, Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention & Treatment program (ADAPT) volunteer with Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. “We are often very focused on helping others and sometimes forget to intentionally help ourselves become better. Volunteering is a focused effort on improving your mental health, self-sacrifice, and personal development.” Read more of Teri’s volunteer experience.

Volunteer Post graphicThe September Volunteer Post Newsletter

Our Volunteer Post Newsletter provides a glimpse into the ways our wonderful volunteers and donors are helping children and families in Fairfax County. The September 2022 issue includes a recap of our back to school drive, how to mitigate back-to-school stress, Adopt-A-Family kickoff, and more! Check it out.

scale and gavelNew State Foster Care Legislation

Several state laws impacting foster care and resource families became effective July 1, 2022. Check out a summary of these measures which are designed to encourage more kinship placements for youth in foster care, and to provide more housing support to youth aging out of foster care. Learn more.

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Mondays, Starting Sept. 26 – Free Virtual 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. This 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.

Tuesdays, Starting Sept. 27 – Free Virtual Classes, Parenting Children Ages 12-18

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. This 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 online about the variety of parenting classes available. https://bit.ly/DFS-PEP

Wednesday, Sept. 28 – FREE Virtual Parent Café: Creating a Family – Parenting in the Age of Screens, Social Media and Gaming

Virtual Parent Cafés are a great way for parents to learn from each other as they grow in their parenting skills. All Parent Cafés are open to Fairfax County parents or guardians with children ages 0-18 years old. Join us for this Parent Café on Wednesday, Sep. 28 from 7-8:30 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 Virtual Parent Cafés.

Friday, Sept 30 – Aging in Place: Program Models and Community Resources

Most of us want to age in place and remain in our community, but as we get older, the odds of becoming more dependent and socially isolated are higher. Therefore, to age in place, it is important to have different services and supports to help us meet our basic daily and health needs. In this panel conversation, we will explore different community models that promote social connection, health, quality of life, and in turn aging in place. Register to join us on Friday, Sept. 30 from 2-3 p.m. Learn more about caregiver webinars.

Wednesday, October 5 – Free Virtual Kinship Café: Video Discussion – The Joys and Challenges of Kinship Care

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 The Joys and Challenges of Kinship Care.

Sign up by sending an email to call 703-324-7720 at least one business day before the Kinship Café date.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 – Domestic Violence Community’s Annual Meeting Events

revive. restore. recharge. Coming together to end interpersonal violence. Virtual meeting to celebrate the community’s successes over the past year at 9 a.m., and then join the community for an in-person networking event at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Stacy Ziebell, program manager, Countywide Coordination, with Domestic and Sexual Violence Services.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 – Crime after Crime Screening and Panel Discussion

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is showing a special screening of “Crime After Crime,” a documentary about incarcerated domestic violence survivor Debbie Peagler’s decades-long fight for her freedom on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at 6 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about the criminalization of survivors of intimate partner violence, and how those survivors are often forced to defend themselves against their abuser as well as the justice system. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Friday, Oct. 14 – Venture into Volunteering Fair

Everyone is invited to a special, 3-day virtual volunteer fair to explore opportunities for volunteering in the community. More than two dozen Fairfax County agencies and non-profit organizations will share how they incorporate volunteers into service and will be available to answer questions. No pre-registration is necessary. The virtual fair will be held via Zoom from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Check out the schedule and login to attend during any session. Learn more about Venture into Volunteering.

Nominations for Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards Due Oct. 21

Do you know an individual or organization that excels in providing equal rights and community inclusion for people with disabilities in the Fairfax area? If so, nominate them for the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board’s 2022 Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Award! Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. Learn more and nomination form.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 and Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 – Tier One

Tier 1 is a training on the dynamics of domestic violence, the systems that respond to those crimes, and available resources in our community. This 16-hour in-person training is free, but registration is required. Both sessions must be completed to receive a certificate.

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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 September 2022 Issue to learn about our Reunification Month celebration, a foster care graduation ceremony, new state foster care legislation, and more!


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

Check out the September 2022 newsletter featuring Barry and Rita Altman, a couple who are deeply committed to protecting and caring for vulnerable animals in our community. You’ll also learn about the risk of falls among older adults and programs to prevent them, a jury duty scam that takes advantage of civic-minded citizens, a recent executive order that aims to improve the existing naturalization process, and more.


newsletter graphicThe Volunteer Post Newsletter

Our Volunteer Post Newsletter provides a glimpse into the ways our wonderful volunteers and donors are helping children and families in Fairfax County. The September 2022 issue includes a recap of our back to school drive, how to mitigate back-to-school stress, Adopt-A-Family kickoff, and more! Check it out.


newsletter graphicVolunteer Voices Newsletter

Volunteer Voices is a monthly newsletter for current and potential Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS) volunteers. The September issue is chock-full of content, including 10 things men can do to prevent gender-based violence, Teri Douglas’ volunteer experience, information about the new 9-8-8 Crisis Line, walking for self-care, trainings, and more! Check it out.

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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.

Fairfax County Health and Human Services LogoThis Department of Family Services agency is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work and play in Fairfax County.

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