DC KinCare Alliance Additional Written Testimony On Educator Background Check Streamlining Amendment Act of 2022
In her testimony, Ms. Spindel raises concerns about DC’s failure to implement the safeguards of the School Safety Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 to ensure sexual predators are not hired by DC public schools.
Staff Attorney Caylyn Keller addresses concerns regarding proposal to provide for expungements of substantiated allegations of child abuse in as few as three years.
Ms. Spindel testified regarding recommended improvements to the subsidy programs, including a timeframe for processing applications, advance notice of program termination, increasing the subsidy amounts, increasing the income limits for eligibility, as well as payment of the subsidy retroactive to the date of application.
Marla Spindel testified before the DC Council Human Services Committee about the performance of the DC Child and Family Services Agency over the past year.
DC KinCare Alliance Supports DC Bill B24-0489: Expanding Fee Waivers for Low-Income Litigants Act of 2021
DC KinCare supports efforts to make access to justice for equitable for DC residents.
Deputy Director McClellan testified in support of the amendments to the Grandparent and Close Relative Caregiver Programs, which would (1) eliminate the six-month period relatives must wait to apply for the subsidies, and (2) permit relatives to apply if a disabled parent resides in the home. McClellan also advocated for the subsidies to include godparents.
Deputy Director McClellan submitted testimony raising concerns that this reform of DC’s criminal laws would result in the unintended consequence of reducing successful prosecution of child abusers.