January 8, 2022

DC KinCare Alliance Relative Caregiver Community Board Holds January 2022 Meeting

At it first meeting of January 2022, the Board agreed to submit a Position Statement to the DC Council requesting that the Council hold a vote of all Councilmembers on the appointment of the new Director of the DC Child and Family Services Agency, as it has done with past appointments.

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December 11, 2021

Last Community Board Meeting of 2021!

We had a wonderful last Community Board meeting of 2021 with dancing, singing, and storytelling.  Thank you to So What Else for leading the fun activities!

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August 14, 2021

August 2021 Relative Caregiver Community Board Meeting

Thank you to Dr. Holden and Charlie with So What Else for leading us in a music therapy demo.  And thank you to Jorge Tormes with TzedekDC for presenting on The Basics of Credit and Debt Collection.

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July 6, 2021

July 2021 Community Board Meeting — Presentation on STAYDC!

Thank You Raessa Singh with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development for presenting at our monthly Community Board Meeting about how to apply to rental and housing assistance through STAYDC!

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June 14, 2021

Community Board Member and Relative Caregiver Donte Massey Testifies Before DC Council

Mr. Massey testified about how the DC Department of Human Services has failed to approve him for permanent supportive housing even though he qualifies and even though his current housing is in the middle of a neighborhood gang war.

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June 12, 2021

June 2021 Community Board Meeting

We checked in on how everyone was doing, and heard a presentation from The People’s Council on DC utility and water assistance programs!

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May 12, 2021

Find Out How Our Relative Caregiver Community Board Wants DC Decision-Makers To Spend Their Tax Dollars!

At our May monthly community board meeting, we discussed how the DC government can support DC kinship families!

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March 13, 2021

Dr. Keisha Presented To Our Community Advisory Board On Vision Boards

Our Community Board learned how to create vision boards of their short and long-term goals.  Dr. Keisha also gave members great suggestions on how to take time for self care every day.

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March 9, 2021

DC KinCare Alliance Presents to Health Services for Children with Special Needs Staff

Executive Director Marla Spindel and family law attorney Claudia Williams presented on the ways DC KinCare Alliance can assist HSCSN clients.

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March 9, 2021

DC KinCare Alliance Presents to DC Family Court Self Help Center Staff

Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan and family law attorney Claudia Williams presented on the ways DC KinCare Alliance can assist SHC clients.

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February 26, 2021

DC KinCare Alliance Presents to Mary’s Center Staff

Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan and family law attorney Claudia Williams presented on the ways DC KinCare Alliance can assist Mary’s Center clients.

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February 13, 2021

Thank You Susie McClannahan with the Equal Rights Center for Presenting to Our Community Board!

Susie discussed types of housing discrimination and how to address them.

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January 16, 2021

Thank You Patty For Helping Our Community Board Practice Yoga and Breathing Exercises!

At our January Community Board meeting, we enjoyed some yoga poses and deep breathing exercises!  Everyone felt more relaxed and less stressed!

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January 14, 2021

We Enjoyed Presenting at the DC Legal Services Panel for the 10 DC Family First Success Centers

We presented along with Bread for the City, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, First Shift Justice, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, and Tzedek DC.

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December 19, 2020

DC KinCare Community Board Meets on Zoom to Take Virtual Holiday Picture!

Most everyone received their DC KinCare Santa Hats, and those who didn’t wore something red instead!  A few members lost the pom-pom on their Santa Hat, including one pom-pom that was eaten by their dog.  But is was a fun time had by all and we got a great picture together!  Happy Holidays Everyone!

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December 17, 2020

Executive Director Marla Spindel Attends Child Fatality Review Committee December Meeting

Marla Spindel attended the December meeting to raise issues and make recommendations to the Committee to ensure accurate, timely, and useful information about child fatalities is presented in its annual public reports.  Recommendations included distinguishing infant and child fatalities by year, and fast tracking the review of fatal abuse fatalities.

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December 16, 2020

Thank You Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and the DC Council For Unanimously Passing Legislation to Establish Office of Ombudsperson for Children (December 15, 2020).

For the past two years, DC KinCare Alliance and other child welfare advocates worked with Councilmember Nadeau to make this law a reality!  Through this legislation, we have forever changed child welfare in DC!  This Office will ensure the safety and security of DC’s most vulnerable children.

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December 12, 2020

Thank You DC Office of Tenant Advocate for Your Presentation to Our Community Board Today!

We learned about tenant protections, including new DC laws that protect renters and COVID-related protections.

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December 7, 2020

What An Amazing Evening With Civil Rights Activist Ben Crump!

Everyone enjoyed listening to his stories of growing up in Lumberton, North Carolina, how his great-grandmother Mittie influenced his life, and how we always looked up to Thurgood Marshall and wanted to be like him one day!  Thank you Mr. Crump for taking the time to talk with us and our relative caregivers!

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November 17, 2020

#MASKUP for Relative Caregivers of DC Children

At our November Relative Caregiver Community Advisory Board meeting, our members masked up for caregivers of DC children!  We also heard a presentation by Community Mediation DC about how to deal with conflict during the holiday season!  Click read more to see the pic!

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November 6, 2020

Check Out DC KinCare Alliance’s COVID Response

See how we have pivoted operations to serve clients in this changing and difficult time.

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October 19, 2020

Read Marie Cohen’s Blog Post: “CFSA’s Internal Child Fatality Report Leaves Out More than Half of Dead Children Known to System”

In her blog, she highlights a number of deficiencies with CFSA’s recently release 2019 internal child fatality report, including that CFSA has chosen to publish data on only 13 of 33 cases reviewed in 2019, greatly reducing the utility of the report.  

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October 14, 2020

DC KinCare Community Advisory Board October 2020 Monthly Meeting

The DC Office of Tax Advocate provided a presentation to our Community Board about the Schedule H Renters Tax Credit.  All attendees found the presentation informative and helpful.  The Community Board also discussed working on an oral history project and virtual family mural.

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September 9, 2020

Meet Our New Community Organizing and Outreach Specialist, Demi Otukoya!

Hello I am Demi! A student and researcher passionate about helping communities gain access and support through resources like community engagement and legislation. I am thrilled to serve as your community organizing and outreach specialist!

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July 24, 2020

Marla and Stephanie Continue Helping Relative Caregivers and the Children they Raise During COVID-19

In June and July, here are some examples of how we helped relative caregivers: (1) Get a larger housing unit; (2) Apply for utility assistance; (3) Apply for rental assistance; (4) File a housing conditions case; (5) Reinstate SNAP benefits; (6) Apply for Unemployment Insurance; and (7) Get emergency custody in court.

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July 12, 2020

First Vote on DC FY 2021 Budget a Disappointment on Spending Proposals.

The DC Council failed to include increases in funding for the Grandparent Caregiver Program (GCP) or Close Relative Caregiver Program (CRCP), even though the GCP is already at capacity with a waiting list, and the CRCP is expected to hit capacity very soon. Read more for our message to the DC Council.

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July 12, 2020

First Vote on DC FY 2021 Budget a Disappointment on Revenue Measures.

The DC Council approved a regressive 10% increase in the gasoline tax, while voting against a modest increase in the income tax for the wealthiest residents.  Read more for our message to the DC Council.

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May 30, 2020

Executive Director Marla Spindel Testifies on Detrimental Impacts of DC Child and Family Services Agency FY 2021 Budget Cuts (May 22, 2020)

Ms. Spindel specifically warns the DC Council about cuts to essential programs and services, including the DC Grandparent Caregiver Program and Prevention Services.

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May 8, 2020

Marla and Stephanie Continue Helping Relative Caregivers and the Children they Raise During COVID-19

Some examples from the first week of May: helped a relative caregiver submit documents to receive her small business microgrant; helped a relative caregiver apply for unemployment benefits; gave advice to caregivers on illegal rental practices; and assisted caregivers to obtain free food.

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April 20, 2020

Join Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan for a Webinar on recent federal and local legislation that may affect you

Stephanie will discuss how to make sure you receive your Federal Stimulus Payments and avoid getting scammed. See our Powerpoint Presentation below.

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April 10, 2020


DC KinCare Alliance advocated for DC to remove the 6-month eligibility period for relatives to be able to apply for the Grandparent Caregiver Program, as well as the new Close Relative Caregiver Program. Today, that goal was realized as the 6-month eligibility period has been ELIMINATED for both programs!

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April 8, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Attorneys Are Helping Those In Need During Covid-19 Pandemic

Read about what they have been doing to help kinship families during this difficult time.

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March 28, 2020

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Read our Spring 2020 Newsletter! Find out what we have been doing to help those in need during this public health emergency.

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March 27, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Issues Recommendations to DC Mayor and Council to Protect Kinship Families During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Relative caregivers and the children they raise are at especially high risk during this public health emergency. Urgent action is needed by the Mayor and Council to protect these families.

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March 24, 2020

DC Mayor Updates COVID-19 Website to Include Application Process for DC Economic Recovery Microgrants

See the Mayor’s updated webpage:

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March 19, 2020

Marla Spindel Discusses the Impact of Coronavirus on Grandfamilies in This Washington Post Article

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