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. FCS is also licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide Intensive In-Home services and Community Based services. FCS 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.
For Children’s Sake also recieved a three-year CARF accreditation for their foster care and outpatient therapy programs. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services.