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.
Learn more about Preventing Child Abuse (information sheet)
Child Protective Services
The City of Falls Church contracts with Fairfax County for Child Protective Services (CPS). If you are concerned about a child's well-being, suspect child abuse or neglect, want to report or discuss a possible abuse or neglect situation, or want advice, counseling or other resources, contact: (your call is confidential)
Fairfax County's Child Protective Services 703-324-7400, TTY 703-222-9452 or City of Falls Church Police 703-248-5053
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.