CYFS offers several programs for children, each with a unique focus.
Victims of Child Abuse
The CYFS Victims of Child Abuse Program provides free direct outpatient counseling to children 18 and under who have been victims of abuse or neglect as well as to their non-abusing family members including siblings, and parents/guardians. Counseling services are also available for children living in homes where domestic violence has taken place. VOCA Treatment Specialists help children to cope with the trauma of abuse and move forward successfully. Treatment specialists also work to help families learn ways to support the child at home as well as strengthen and implement safety measures to prevent the re-occurrence of trauma in the future. MORE
Play Partners is a program that promotes the development of early literacy skills and the importance of reading in a child’s early years by introducing children and their parents to quality children’s literature while addressing the need for children in child care, particularly from low-income homes, to have literacy development experiences that are cognitively, emotionally, socially challenging and enjoyable and promotes school readiness. MORE
STAR Kids stands for Super Thinking and Responsible Kids. This program of CYFS uses the resiliency-based curriculum, Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices. The curriculum is designed to develop children’s personal, social and emotional skills for life. It helps create a classroom environment of caring, cooperation, respect and responsibility. MORE
Child Care Quality
The CYFS Child Care Quality Program helps families find quality child care and helps providers to improve the quality of the child care they offer. Child Care Quality offers resource and referral to families, voluntary registration for small home-based child care providers, the Seal of Quality Child Care for providers, Virginia Star Quality Initiative for Center-Based Providers, and trainings for home-based and established child care providers. MORE