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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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October 8, 2020

MULTITUDE OF SIGN-ONS TO OUR FOIA PETITION TO REPEAL DC COUNCIL’S SUSPENSION OF DC GOVERNMENT FOIA RESPONSES!

We are hopeful our Petition will be acted on by the DC Council at its November legislative meeting.  We have contacted Chairman Mendelson’s office to put it on the Agenda!  Please call your Councilmember today to advocate for this initiative!  We need to know what is going on with DC government during the public health […]

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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 CELEBRATES HUGE WIN FOR DC RELATIVE CAREGIVERS AND THE CHILDREN THEY RAISE!

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:
https://coronavirus.dc.gov/dc-small-business-recovery-grants

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March 23, 2020

DC Mayor Establishes DC COVID-19 Website, But More Information Should be Provided

The Mayor needs to update her website at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ to ensure all relevant information is available on the site. We have provided some additional helpful information here from the DC Department of Human Services website.

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March 23, 2020

DC Council Passes COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (March 16, 2020)

We have put together a Summary of the new law as relevant to kinship families.

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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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