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.
Chronic Disease/Illness Self-Management
Workshops about managing chronic diseases/illnesses.
Outreach programs/presentations on domestic and sexual violence awareness, prevention and education; teen dating and stalking.
Training and technical assistance for WIA-eligible job seekers to start their own businesses.
A 12-week program that focuses on the universal aspects of fatherhood.
Head Start and Early Head Start
Early childhood education and comprehensive services for income-eligible pregnant women and families with children from birth to age 5.
Home-based parenting education, health information and community support for parents from pregnancy until child is age 3.
Home Child Care Permits
Community Education and Provider Service issues home child care permits for residents who care for up to four children in their homes. Professional development and assistance to family child care providers.
Independent Living Project
Assists older adults and adults with disabilities to stay in their homes and remain independent through consultation and workshops.
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
School Age Child Care (SACC)
Quality child care for children in kindergarten - sixth grade before school, after school and during school vacations. SACC centers are located in most Fairfax County public elementary schools, as well as in the Key and Kilmer Centers, which serve 5-21 year-olds who have multiple disabilities.
Employment resource centers located throughout Northern Virginia.
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.