Operating Status for Department of Family Services (DFS) Programs and Services – Skip the Trip and Get Assistance from a Distance Online or By Phone
DFS cares about the safety and well-being of individuals and families and we are still here for you. Although most of our services are not being provided in-person at this time, we continue to offer services online and by phone.
Skip the trip! Learn more about DFS' Assistance from a Distance – a variety of services available to you without having to leave the safety of your home.
Advocacy Services (DVAC)
Domestic Violence Action Center helps victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. Increases client safety through education, understanding and access to available resources.
Offers emergency shelter for families and individuals fleeing domestic/sexual violence, human trafficking and stalking.
Family Caregiver Support
Services/resources to family caregivers of older adults, adults with disabilities, and grandparents/other adults 55+ raising a relative’s child(ren) in their home.
Various supports to develop a detailed plan regarding safety, well-being, and permanence for children.
Foster Care and Adoption
Places children with foster parents until they can return to their families or go to permanent homes.
Temporary assistance/medical care for adults who are disabled or ill, and for certain children living with families unrelated to them.
Home-based parenting education, health information and community support for parents from pregnancy until child is age 3.
Helps families with elementary school-age children with high absenteeism and trouble performing in school.
Parenting Education Programs
Free classes for parents and their children on learning new ways to work together as a family.
703-324-7691, Spanish 703-324-7405
Virginia Preschool Initiative
Supporting quality preschool programs for 4-year-olds whose families have low to moderate incomes. Children are provided early childhood education and services that promote success in kindergarten.