Kinship Care Support

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), in partnership with other Fairfax County departments and agencies offers services and programs for grandparents and other family members raising children in the place of a parent.

Collage of children with elderly

Kinship care is increasing as a result of family challenges, including military responsibilities, serious physical illness, financial difficulties, serious mental illness, substance abuse, incarceration, child abuse and neglect, AIDS, domestic violence, and the death of the child’s parent.

  • Kinship care families come from all geographic, economic, educational and racial or ethnic backgrounds.
  • Nationwide, the number of kinship care families is growing, with more than six million children in the U.S. currently being raised by grandparents and other relatives.
  • In Fairfax County, according to the 2000 Census, approximately 5,000 households identified themselves as having a grandparent or other family member raising children.


County and State Resources and Services

Check out the Fairfax County Government / Department of Family Services (DFS) new Kinship Care web page at: .

Apply Online for Financial and Medical Assistance Benefits: CommonHelp is the Commonwealth of Virginia's fast and easy way to apply online for many Virginia social services assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Energy Assistance and Child Care. Through a single online site, you can find out for what assistance you might be eligible and submit one application saving you time and effort.

Print Resources

Ongoing Support Groups

Support groups (pdf) for families raising children of relatives meet twice monthly at two sites in the county. There is no cost and childcare is provided; however, registration is required. Click on link above for current dates or to register.

For additional information, contact:


  • Mary Shepherd, Family and School Partnerships
  • To request accommodations: 703-324-7746; TTY 711

FCPS programs and student registration

Supporting Community Agencies

Questions and Information

Mary Shepherd


Programs and Services

Related Links


Contact Us

Dunn Loring Center for Parent Servicesacrobat icon
2334 Gallows Rd,
Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Main Phone: 703-204-4300
En Español: 703-204-4303


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