foster care

National Foster Care Month: Spotlight on Family Supports

April was Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, and with May in full swing, we are now recognizing National Foster Care Month . It’s a time for us to collectively focus our attention and efforts on the year-round needs of DC children in foster care, and to celebrate the critical loving and supportive role that foster parents play in their...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018, Child and Family Services Agency

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing Fiscal Year 2018 Child and Family Services Agency Before the Committee on Human Services Council of the District of Columbia April 27, 2017 Chairwoman Nadeau and members of the Committee on Human Services, please accept my written testimony as the Council of the District of Columbia...

Fewer children in foster care, but too few find families

April was National Child Abuse Awareness Month, and May is National Foster Care Month. Of course for children in difficult situations or in limbo, the month doesn't make a difference. For too many children in foster care, a permanent home with a family they can call their own is a distant dream. And the longer children remain in foster care,...