For Children’s Sake of Virginia

Who We Are

FCS is dedicated to promoting positive environments for children and  families that develop trust, stability and independence.

About For Children’s Sake

For Children’s Sake (FCS) is a private non-profit corporation founded in 1997 and incorporated in Virginia in 2002.  FCS provides a variety of services to adults, families and children in our community, including adult mental health support, therapeutic foster care and pre-adoptive services, supervised visitation, mentoring and outpatient therapy.  We have locations throughout Northern Virginia, and have a culturally diverse staff that is professional and well trained in a number of human services fields.  FCS also believes in giving back to our profession and community and has always provided training to local colleges for students in need of internship practicum experience.

 Therapeutic Foster Parents

FCS trains and supports a culturally diverse and professional group of therapeutic foster parents who are all dedicated to the well being of children and families.  They have been the backbone of our agency and are a resource we greatly value.

 Mission

For Children’s Sake is dedicated to promoting positive environments for children and families that develop trust, stability and independence.

Vision

A nurturing home environment for every child.

For Children’s Sake Values

  • Integrity – performance that is consistent with the highest standards of moral and ethical principles.
  • Stewardship – responsible stewardship is understood as key to accomplishing our mission and goals.
  • Competence – excellence in all phases of our work, meeting professional standards of competency and working in compliance with federal and state law.
  • Respect – developing mutually respectful relationships at every level of our work through meaningful, effective communication and genuine caring for each individual.

  • Excellence – the highest standard of excellence, professionalism and accountability is expected of all staff, foster families and volunteers.

Guiding Principles

A child’s needs are best met with a caring and loving family. FCS recruits and trains staff and families acknowledging this truth.

We recruit, select and develop families with the following competencies in caring for children: protection and nurturance; meeting developmental needs; supporting primary family needs; connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships that last a lifetime; and serving on a professional team.

We help children and their families at whatever point they may be to get them the best care. This includes collecting as much information as possible about a child during intake to help plan for their child’s care, short- and long-term. This plan begins as soon as a child is referred for placement in our care, and we begin by learning the child’s strengths and needs. We then find resources and programs to help meet the child’s needs and identify the same for the foster families who care for our foster children. These may include, depending on the child and family; child’s case worker dependent on level of care, psychologists, psychiatrists, mentors, adoption services, intensive in-home therapy, supervised visitation, family training, and more.

Licensing & Accreditation

FCS is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services as a child-placing agency providing therapeutic/treatment foster care and adoption after care services. FCSVA is also licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide Intensive In-Home services and Community Based services. FCSVA provides outpatient therapy to individuals (children and adults), couples, and families in the community.

We are a member of the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association (FFTA), the Virginia Association of Family Preservation (VAFP), the Northern Virginia Coalition of Private Provider Associations (NOVACO), the Virginia Association of Licensed Child Placing Agencies (VALCPA), and the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). We are also registered with the United Way of the National Capital Area #8457 and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign #29582.