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Finding Your African American Roots
Emma Marshall, community outreach manager for DFS’ Foster Care and Adoption program and member of the Fairfax Genealogical Society's African American Special Interest Group, tells about her genealogical quest and passion for uncovering the stories of her ancestors and sharing them with young people. Virginia Room Librarian Laura Wickstead shares about the library and the county's genealogical societies.
SCSEP is a community service and work-based job training program for mature workers. Participants build skills and self-confidence, while earning a modest training stipend, and use the opportunity as a bridge to find permanent employment. Training includes transferable and employability skills that provide a competitive edge during interviews and future careers.
Applications for Crisis Assistance are being accepted November through mid-March. This program helps eligible households (Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church) to offset heating expenses. Assistance applies to heating emergencies and can be used to pay bills for utilities that are in danger of being disconnected.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month raises awareness about the impact of dating violence on youth, educates young people about healthy relationships, and encourages the community to get involved to disrupt cycles of violence among teens. Learn more about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and how you can Be. The One.
Do you know how to speak your child’s love language? Learning to express their love language can be positive for your relationship, bringing you closer to each other. The Parenting Education Programs staff suggests five ways to show your children how much they mean to you.
Pocket Dad Videos - Making Good Friends: Setting Boundaries
In the most recent Pocket Dad Video, learn ways to better connect with your teenager, create safe spaces to have conversations, effectively communicate and set boundaries. Through this, parents can gain more insight into what is happening in their teens' life, who their friends are and how to help them to have healthy friendships.
This free program is a blend of interactive support and education for caregivers of older adults, focusing on advocacy and care for both the caregiver and care recipient. The sessions are weekly with a different module each time. Pick a session that works for your schedule; sign up online.
Wondering how you can improve the quality of life in our community? Of the many things you can do, one of the easiest and most important is to fill out your census form in April.
For each resident who does not respond to the census, Fairfax County could lose $12,000 in potential funding over the course of a decade. Learn more about the Census.
Support for Kinship Families
Are you raising a child for a family member or friend? If you answered “yes,” you are a kinship caregiver. The Kinship Family Institute (KFI) connects kinship families to supportive services and offers seminars, trainings and workshops to help build a community network of kinship caregivers. Check out upcoming events.
Fostering Success: Joel Choi, Thriving After Foster Care
Joel’s placement in foster care began unexpectedly at 16 years old. His life has been full of ups and downs since that fateful day seven years ago but he has persevered to reach his goals. Joel tells his story of how he made it through those years and worked to become the accomplished 23-year-old young man he is today. He also shares words of wisdom and encouragement for teens and foster parents. Learn more about his story.
Your Opinion Matters - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Survey
Check out Fairfax 50+ Podcasts with host Jim Person for interesting and timely conversations on a wide range of topics that are of special interest to mature adults. Podcasts include: Conserving and Saving on Energy; Herndon Senior Center's New 50+ Weekend Program; and All About Community at Richard Byrd Library.
Golden Gazette - Fairfax County's Senior Community Newspaper
In the latest edition of GG, a memoirist describes a boyhood story in Vienna, the FTC shares how to avoid romance scams, and Chef Das shares a recipe for hot chocolate fondants and berries. Don’t miss articles on where to find caregiver support programs, the library’s wellness events, genealogy presentations on African American Heritage, and free AARP tax preparation assistance programs.
The 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.
This 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.