New leadership for D.C.’s child welfare system

DC Action welcomes Brenda Donald back to the District, as she takes the reigns of the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). Today, Mayor Vincent Gray appointed Ms. Donald as CFSA Director, where she will have responsibility for D.C.’s child welfare system. Acknowledging the need for collaboration to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families, she said, “CFSA is an agency, but child welfare is a system.” We look forward to continuing our work with CFSA, as we report data about child and youth well-being.

We are pleased to see someone of this caliber take leadership of CFSA. Serving children in this system requires the partnership of several city agencies and the community based supports provided by the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaboratives.  

Ms. Donald joins CFSA from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which supports the KIDS COUNT initiative. She has a long history in D.C. and child welfare, having served previously in the role of CFSA director, as well as in D.C. as Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families and Elders and in Maryland as Secretary for the Department of Human Resources.