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Stay connected with the Department of Family Services to find out how staff, volunteers and partnerships are helping our community!

Fairfax County Resident Testifies About Fairfax Area Agency on Aging Services (2024 March)

Helping Children Manage Their ADHD Symptoms (2024 March)

DFS Spotlight: Katie Jantzi (2024 March)

Understanding Reproductive Coercion (2024 March)

DFS Spotlight: Abby Picard (2024 February)

DFS Spotlight: Lauren Tumbleson (2024 February)

DFS Spotlight: Melody Vielbig (2024 February)

DFS Spotlight: Soo Jin Kim (2024 February)

DFS Spotlight: Emily Quijano (2024 February)

DFS Spotlight: Shirell King (2024 February)

The ABCs of Online Dating Abuse (2024 February)

Who’s Blaming the Victim and Why? (2024 February)

Helping Children Manage Their Anger (2024 February)

5 Ways for Teens to Be a Healthy Bystander (2024 January)

What to Do If You’re Being Stalked (2024 January)

New Year, New Career! (2024 January)

Building Trust with Your Teenager (2024 January)

The Domestic Violence Action Center’s Ayaan Ali Wins Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court Partner Award (2023 December)

Safety Planning with Pets (2023 December)

5 Safe Voting Tips for Survivors (2023 November)

Fairfax County Child Welfare Professional Speaks Before Congressional Committee (2023 October)

Clinical Services Intern Stretches to Develop Skills (2023 October)

Need Help with Heat? Don’t Be Left Out in the Cold. (October 2023)

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Toni Zollicoffer Appointed to State’s Advisory Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence (2023 October)

DFS Spotlight: Sarah Freeman (2023 September)

5 Stress-Reducing Tactics for Parents and Caregivers (2023 August)

Gender Reading List (2023 August)

DFS Spotlight: Allison Clifford (2023 August)

DFS Spotlight: Andrea Nunes-Gardner (2023 August)

DFS Spotlight: Debra Miller (2023 August)

DFS Spotlight: Jennifer Woods (2023 July)

How Fairfax County’s Interpersonal Violence Organizations Stood up to Covid (2023 July)

Summer Safety Tips for Families (2023 July)

DFS Spotlight: Lynne Rowson (2023 May)

DFS Spotlight: Brittny Li (2023 April) 

DFS Spotlight: Sergio DeLeon (2023 April) 

DFS Spotlight: Brittany Vera (2023 March)

DFS Spotlight: Keesha Coke (2023 March)

What You Should Know About Stealthing (2023 March)

DFS Spotlight: Jonathan Bell (2023 March)

DFS Spotlight: Kelly Jackson (2023 February)

Top 5 Reasons to Work with the Fairfax County Adult and Aging Division (2023 February)

DFS Spotlight: Kathryn Harlow (2023 February)

DFS Spotlight: Karen Chaudhry (2023 February) 

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Toni Zollicoffer Receives the Hope Award (2023 February)

Managing Tantrums and Outbursts – Supporting the Emotional Growth of Children (2023 February)

DFS Spotlight: Mary Wall (2023 January)

Rylynn the Facility Dog's Work During the Howl-idays (2021 December)

José Acosta Gifts Nature Center with His Animal Caregiving Skills (2021 December)

Robotic “White Cane” Offers New Ways to Navigate (2021 December)

Raising My Voice: Maggie Baxter, Hospital Accompaniment Support Advocate Volunteer (2021 December)

Conner Cummings Named 2021 Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Award Winner (2021 December)

JCADA: 21 Years of Serving the Greater Washington Area (2021 December)

DogFest 2021 Features Fairfax County Family Services' Facility Dog Team (2021 December)

Foster Care Unit Success Stories – Mature Parents Supported on Journey from Foster Care to Adoption (2021 November)

Raising My Voice: Audrey Arnold, ADAPT Volunteer (2021 November)

Volunteer & Partner Services Welcomes Emily Swenson as Program and Partnership Coordinator (2021 November)

The Hardin Family’s Foster Care and Adoption Story (2021 November)

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Partner Spotlight: Ayuda – Wrap-Around Services for Low-Income Immigrants (2021 November)

Rylynn the Facility Dog Gets Recertified (2021 November)

MyProMovers Recognized for Donating Services to Our Families Supported by Family Services (2021 November)

Golden Gazette – Mercedes Dash: The True Story of Leaving Cuba via Operation Peter Pan (2021 November)

Adoption Awareness Month – Meet Adame (2021 November)

Foster Care Unit Success Stories – Mature Parents Supported on Journey from Foster Care to Adoption (2021 November)

Raising My Voice: Audrey Arnold, ADAPT Volunteer (2021 November)

Volunteer & Partner Services Welcomes Emily Swenson as Program and Partnership Coordinator (2021 November)

The Hardin Family's Foster Care and Adoption Story (2021 November)

Monica Lizama Thompson Tells Her “Real Story of Adoption and Foster Care” (2021 November)

Recognizing Veterans Day through Stories – Bill Hawkins, Mike Keel (2021 November)

We are Grateful for HACAN's Support of the Body Safety Program (2021 November)

Communities Rallied to Promote Healthy Relationships (2021 November)

Introducing Volunteer & Partner Services' "New" Volunteers (2021 November)

First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam Visits Healthy Families Fairfax Program as Part of Her Resiliency Tour (2021 November)

Virtual Career Academy Prepares Youth in Foster Care to Move Ahead (2021 November)

Facility Dog Rylynn Attends Canine Companions® DogFest Washington DC 2021 (2021 November)

Video: Survivor Stories Video – Doug (2021 October)

Back-to-School and Diaper Drives Provide Supplies for Hundreds of Children Involved with Family Services (2021 October)

The Foster Closet (2021 October)

Kinship Caregiver Stories: The Kinship Program was Invaluable for Our Family (2021 September)

Recognizing Colleagues and Employees on National Addiction Professionals Day: Meet Michael Schut, Peer Recovery Specialist (2021 September)

Fairfax County Holds Virtual Graduation Ceremony (2021 September)

Kinship Caregiver Stories: Maimouna and Alfred – Starting Over with a Toddler (2021 September)

Pickleball is Fun, Friendly and Competitive (2021 September)

Being A Foster Parent: Supporting Children and Their Families (2021 September)

Kinship Caregiver Stories: Mr. A – Finding the Joy in the Struggle (2021 September)

Partner Spotlight: Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2021 September)

Unit Success Stories: Staff Helps Teen and Mom Restore Relationship and Safely Reunify (2021 September)

Kinship Caregiver Stories: Marijoy and Daniel – Growing Closer to Support Each Other (2021 September)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Maci Nordone, Hospital Accompaniment Support Advocate and ADAPT Volunteer (2021 September)

Partner Spotlight: Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2021 September)

Kinship Caregiver Stories: Mr. A – Finding the Joy in the Struggle (2021 September)

Being A Foster Parent: Supporting Children and Their Families (2021 September)

Video: Survivor Stories Video – Doug (2021 September)

Unit Success Stories: Saying "Yes" Without Hesitation (2021 August)

The Wedding Singer's Magical Moment (2021 August)

Volunteer Voices  Meet Emily Hendrickson, Data Analyst Volunteer (2021 August)

Partner Spotlight: The Women's Center (2021 August)

Foster Care Family Appreciation (2021 August)

Unit Success Stories: An Emergency Relative Foster Placement Leads to a Permanent Home (2021 July)

Stuart Hill Stays in Tune with Life by Doing What He Enjoys (2021 July)

Brenda Klimavicz Shares Her Creative Energies to Benefit Community (2021 July)

VPS Partners with Churches to Provide Food Delivery to Area Families (2021 July)

Video: Survivor Stories Video – Ana (2021 July)

Thanks to Our Mentors and Tutors (2021 July)

5 Things About Julie Bowman, the New Program Manager for Resource and Support (2021 July)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Bindi Mandava, Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline Volunteer (2021 July)

Young Men Continue to Serve Community During Pandemic (2021 July)

Partner Spotlight: Inova Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (FACT) Department (2021 July)

Volunteer & Partner Services’ Receives Large Donations of Baby and Hygiene Items (2021 July)

Video: Survivor Stories – Kader (2021 July)

BeFriend-A-Child Exercise and Dance Party (2021 July)

Diane Watson: Community Champion Award Winner (2021 July)

VPS Volunteers Nominated for the 2021 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards (2021 June)

Herman "Smitty" Smith Unites Community (2021 June)

Program Spotlight: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Administration Team (2021 June)

Video: A Volunteer’s Story: Building a Stronger Community (2021 June)

Learn About Rylynn the Facility Dog (2021 June)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Nancy Lee, Hotline & Hospital Accompaniment Support Advocate (HASA) (2021 June)

Curious About Juneteenth? (2021 June)

BeFriend-A-Child Celebrates Black History Month (2021 June)

Video: Overcoming the Odds, a Family Reunited (2021 June)

6th Annual Volunteer and Partner Appreciation Event Goes Virtual (2021 June)

Striving to Thrive, Not Just Survive (2021 June)

Department of Family Services Welcomes New Facility Dog (2021 June)

Program Spotlight: Countywide Coordination Team (2021 May)

2021 Fairfax County Foster Parents of the Year (2021 May)

Unit Success Stories: Defining Success – Adaptability in the Face of a Pandemic (2021 May)

Jason Kim: Helping Others as a Meditation Practice (2021 May)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Alex Karam, Counseling Group Facilitator (2021 May)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Katherine Bartz HASA and Legislative Review Volunteer (2021 April)

Video: Survivor Stories – Kader (2021 April)

Unit Success Stories: Success Can Be the Smallest Steps (2021 April)

Fostering Children Never Grows Old (2021 April)

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Program Spotlight: Counseling Services (2021 April)

Video: Survivor Stories – Valisha (2021 April)

Kathy Jones and the Best Kept Secret in Fairfax—CERT (2021 March)

Thank You for Going Virtual, Facilitators! (Volunteer & Partner Services) (2021 March)

Social Workers are Essential (2021 March)

Volunteer & Partner Services Shares About Staff Additions (2021 March)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Alli Somasunduram, Administrative Volunteer (2021 March)

Video: Survivor Stories – Kari (2021 March)

Rebuilding Together Specializes in Accessibility Modifications (2021 March)

Sheryl Sims and the Fabric of Her Life – Art Quilting (2021 March)

BeFriend-A-Child's Virtual Trip to Disneyland (2021 March)

Older Adults Choose Foster Parenting: Make a Difference for Youth! (2021 March)

BeFriend-A-Child Program's Virtual Paint Party (2021 March)

Volunteer Voices – Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Program Spotlight: Community Engagement Services (2021 March)

Adopt-A-Family Shatters Records for Giving (2021 March)

Warmth for the Winter (2021 March)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Norma Williamson, ADAPT Facilitator Volunteer (2021 February)

Teen Gift Drive Exceeds Expectations (2021 February)

Bonnie Kern Fairbank Trades Tap Shoes for White Wig (2021 February)

Adoption Snapshots – Meet the White Family (2021 February)

The Gravel and Grit of Olander and Margaret Banks (2021 February)

Robert N. Keifert: A Life of Taking Care of Those He Loves (2021 February)

The Quest for Researching African American Ancestors (2021 February)

Spotlight on the South County Foster Care Unit (2021 February)

Meet Monty Johnson Hotline, Court Accompaniment & Legislative Review Volunteer (2021 January)

La Tika Jeffery 2020 Adoption Excellence Award Honoree (2021 January)

Charting a Course for the New Year with No Regrets, Meet Debra Tinker (2021 January)

Spotlight on the Adoption Unit (2020 December)

Using a White Cane – Symbol of Blindness and Independence (2020 December)

Volunteer Solutions Greeting Cards Encourage Older Adults (2020 December)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Ellie Carlson, Hospital Accompaniment Support Advocate (HASA) and Anger and Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Volunteer (2020 December)

Adoption Snapshots – Chirino-Mendez Family (2020 December)

Meet James A. Westray (2020 December)

Meet Ruhi Ahmed, Volunteer Solutions' Volunteer (2020 December)

Adoption Snapshots Tell a Story – Meet the Smith Family (2020 November)

Adoption Snapshots Tell a Story – Meet the Parker Family (2020 November)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Dianna Escobar, DSVS Volunteer for the DSV Hotline and DSVS Outreach (2020 November)

Foster Care and Adoption – Meet Adame (2020 November)

Adoption Snapshots Tell a Story – Meet the Lindo-Allen Family (2020 November)

Meet Veteran James Arthur Keaton, Sr. (2020 November)

Adoption Snapshots Tell a Story – Meet the Lawson Family (2020 November)

Meet Veteran and Family Caregiver Mike Keel (2020 November)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Joan Meagher, DSVS Court Advocate Volunteer (2020 October)

Foster Family News Fostering Futures: La Tika Jeffery (2020 October)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Joanne Spriggs, Court Advocate Volunteer (2020 September)

Spotlight on South County Foster Care & Adoption Unit (2020 August)

Fairfax County Channel 16 Video - Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (2020 August)

Kelley Traver Honored by the American Bar Association as a Reunification Hero (2020 August)

Foster Family in Focus: Lesley Field (2020 August)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Adrienne Williams, DSVS Hospital Accompaniment and ADAPT Volunteer (2020 August)

Meet the New Volunteer & Partner Services Team! (2020 July)

Spotlight on Adoption and Kinship Assistance Unit (2020 June)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Fawne Bello, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Volunteer (2020 June)

Meet the Dredges - 2020 Foster Parents of the Year (2020 June)

Spotlight on the Pre-Service Training & Home Study Unit (2020 May)

A Staff Tribute to All Foster Parents (2020 May)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Allison Lowry, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Volunteer (2020 May)

Foster Family in Focus: Shelley and Scott Daniel (2020 April)

Spotlight on the Annandale Foster Care Unit (2020 April)

Volunteer Voices – Meet Vic Batson, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Volunteer (2020 April)

Spotlight on the Foster Care Case Carrying Unit for the Central Region of Fairfax County (2020 March)

Volunteer Solutions - Video Call Ends in Heartwarming Surprise (2020 March)

Fostering Success: Joel Choi (2020 February)

Spotlight on the In-Service Training and Home Study Unit (2020 February)

Story Cloths Speak for Survivors of Trauma (2020 February)

Volunteer Voices - Mandi, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Volunteer (2020 February)

Foster Family in Focus: Carissa and Rouse Barker (2020 January)

Spotlight on the Permanency and Life Skills Unit (2020 January)

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