Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

Child abuse and neglect is a serious problem affecting every segment of any community, and finding solutions requires input and action from everyone in our community. Child abuse can have long-term psychological, emotional, and physical effects that can have lifelong consequences for victims of abuse.

Protective factors such as parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, support in times of need and social-emotional competence of children are conditions that reduce or eliminate risk and promote the social, emotional, and developmental well-being of children. All citizens should become involved in supporting families in raising their children in a safe, nurturing environment.
If you are concerned about a child's well-being; want to report or discuss a possible abuse or neglect situation; or want advice, counseling, resources or help, please call Fairfax County's Child Protective Services Hotline 703-324-7400. If you suspect your child is being abused, please call the City of Falls Church Police, 703-248-5053. Your call is confidential.

Resources:


  • Fairfax County Children and Families  -  Here you will find a wide range of information on keeping children safe, on supporting families, on parenting and more!
  • Resources on Parenting and Child Supervision -  Find help in becoming a better parent and improving family interactions through parenting programs and services in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau - The Children's Bureau supports programs, research, and monitoring systems that prevent child abuse and neglect while ensuring that children who are victims receive treatment and care.
  • 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide - The guide provides information, strategies, and resources to help communities support and strengthen families and promote the well-being of children and youth.  The guide is published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau.