Please Note: We are a nonprofit, charitable legal services organization. We are not affiliated with the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) or CFSA's Kinship Navigator.

Supporting kin and the
children they raise

DC KinCare Alliance Free Legal Helpline

Our Mission: Supporting Relative Caregivers

At DC KinCare Alliance, we work to support the legal and related needs of caregivers (usually grandparents and other relatives) who raise DC’s most vulnerable and at-risk children when their parents are not able to care for them.

Parents may have died, be incarcerated or homeless, have a substance use or mental health disorder, abuse or neglect their children, have been detained or deported, or are sick from COVID-19.

DC KinCare Alliance seeks to achieve a future where all DC children live in safe and stable homes.

We respect and empower relatives to care for
at-risk DC children by providing:

  • Legal representation
  • Information and education
  • Advocacy
You can now apply for a caregiver subsidy!

Meet Bernice and Her 8-Year-Old Granddaughter Laney

DC KinCare Alliance helped Bernice provide a safe home for her 8-year-old granddaughter, Laney, after  Laney came to school with bruises on her arms and legs and disclosed that her mother had beaten her for talking back. The school called the child protection agency and, since this was not the first time Laney had been beaten, the agency asked Bernice to take Laney home and file for custody. When Bernice went down to the courthouse, she met with DC KinCare Alliance attorneys who helped her obtain a custody order and apply for benefits to care for Laney. As a result, Bernice has been able to provide for all of Laney’s needs, including getting her mental health care to heal from the trauma of her abuse. Under the loving care of Bernice, Laney has come out of her shell and enjoys playing with friends and helping her grandmother in the kitchen.

Recent News

February 15, 2024

DC KinCare Alliance Designated National Exemplary Kinship Program

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January 5, 2024

New DC Housing Authority Regulations Remove Barriers for Relative Caregivers to Add Children to their Housing Choice Public Housing Vouchers

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August 2, 2023

DC KinCare Alliance and DC Housing Authority Reach Settlement

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We believe in relative caregivers who step up to raise DC’s at-risk children.

Your gift today can directly and positively impact their lives.

Any amount is gratefully accepted and will be applied directly to help those most in need.

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