May 7, 2021

DC KinCare Alliance Signs On To Letter to Mayor Bowser and the DC Council Urging the Investment of American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds to Build a More Equitable DC

DC KinCare Alliance signed on to the letter with more than 70 other organizations, to ensure racial and economic equity as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 22, 2021

DC KinCare Alliance Files Four Additional Federal Lawsuits Challenging DC Child and Family Services Agency’s Discriminatory Practices Against Relative Caregivers (March 2021)

DC KinCare Alliance and the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP file four additional federal lawsuits on behalf of nine plaintiffs.  In total, DC KinCare Alliance and Ropes & Gray have filed six lawsuits on behalf of 20 plaintiffs challenging CFSA’s illegal practice of hidden foster care, also known as kinship diversion.

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March 11, 2021

Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Testifies Before the DC Council on Child Fatalities

Stephanie testifies about the failures of the DC Child Fatality Review Committee to timely review child fatalities and report meaningful information to reduce fatalities in the future.  She also recommends that the law require the Committee to review cases of near child fatalities.

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March 11, 2021

Community Advisory Board Member Donte Massey Testifies Before the DC Council on Neighborhood Safety

Mr. Massey, a relative caregiver of his younger siblings, testifies about gun violence in his neighborhood.

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March 3, 2021

Community Advisory Board Member Kymberly Holmes Testifies Before DC Council on Unemployment Benefits

Ms. Holmes testifies about the Department of Employment Services failure to process and pay her Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

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March 1, 2021

Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Testifies at DC Department of Human Services Oversight Hearing

Stephanie testifies on the significant barriers to access TANF benefits for kinship families.

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February 25, 2021

Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Testifies Before the DC Council Committee on Human Services Performance Oversight Hearing

Stephanie testifies about the DC Child and Family Services Agency’s illegal and discriminatory diversion practices and the increase in DC child maltreatment fatalities.

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February 15, 2021

The DC KinCare Alliance Relative Caregiver Community Board Outreach and Education Project Receives Award!

The Relative Caregiver Community Board is honored to be chosen as an inaugural winner of the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s VoicesDMV Community Action Award!  The award will be used for the Board’s Outreach and Education Project of drawings of what family means to them, as well as a video oral history of members’ lived experiences.

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February 9, 2021

Marla and Stephanie Are Guests On The Taking Action Radio Show (WPFW 89.3FM)

Marla and Stephanie talk with Empower DC’s Daniel Del Pielago about the waiting list for the DC Grandparent Caregiver Program, which has been ongoing for more than a year, and why it is important that the DC government fully fund the program and eliminate the waiting list.

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February 3, 2021

DC Council Agency Performance Oversight Hearings (FYs 2020-2021)

We put together these helpful fliers for some of the agency oversight hearings.  They provide information on hearing dates, how to sign up to give live testimony and how to submit written or voicemail testimony.  All hearings are virtual this year.

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February 2, 2021

DC Council Overrides Mayoral Veto of Ombudsperson for Children Legislation

The DC Council voted to override the veto of this important piece of child welfare legislation.  Now we need to fund it!

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January 19, 2021

DC Mayor Vetoes DC Ombudsperson for Children Legislation

DC Council voted unanimously in favor of this critical piece of legislation.  Why would the Mayor veto something so important for DC children and families?  We are hopeful the DC Council will override the Mayor’s veto at the next legislative meeting.

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January 13, 2021

DC Courts Launches Mobile Phone App–Get it on the Apple Store or Google Play

The DC Courts have launched a free app with quick links to court calendars, searchable case databases, Court of Appeals opinions, on line forms, Courts’ rules, and information for jurors, those without an attorney and those seeking admission to the DC bar. It also includes FAQs and location information for the courts.

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January 8, 2021

Welcome Our 2021 Board of Directors and Officers!

Victoria Taplin has become our new President and Donnequa Grantham is our new Vice President.  Jenny Brody remains on the Board as Immediate Past President.  Learn more about our 2021 Officers and Board Members!

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December 18, 2020

Child Welfare League of America Recognizes Executive Director Marla Spindel as Champion for Children (December 18, 2020)

“As CWLA celebrates 100 years of leadership to enhance the well-being of children and families, we are thrilled to acknowledge your exceptional commitment to supporting children and families who are vulnerable and advancing the field of child welfare. We extend sincere congratulations and deepest appreciation for your commitment to children, youth, and families.”

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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 10, 2020

Executive Director Marla Spindel Quoted in this Washington Post Story About An Infant Abuse Fatality

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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 24, 2020

Thank You DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and staff for bringing the Office of Ombudsperson for Children legislation to markup!

Thank you also to Councilmembers Grosso and T. White for voting in favor of the bill so it can receive a full Council vote! This legislation will uplift and support the rights and safety of DC children and those who care for them. Thank you Councilmember Nadeau for recognizing the work of DC KinCare Alliance.

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November 11, 2020

Listen to Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Testify Before the DC Council on November 4, 2020

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November 6, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Testifies Before the DC Council Human Services Roundtable (November 4, 2020)

Deputy Director McClellan testifies about how the never-ending waiting list for the Grandparent Caregiver Program Subsidy during the pandemic hurts DC grandparents and the children they raise, all while the Mayor intends to repurpose $2 million from the agency that administers the Program to the Metropolitan Police Department.

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September 21, 2020

Check Out Our Very Own Board Member Donnequa Grantham on Local DMV News!

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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 18, 2020

Mayor Bowser Issues Proposed FY 2021 Budget

Among other things, the Budget proposes cuts to the Grandparent Caregiver Program Subsidy and Prevention Services at a time when investments should be made in those areas. Go here to to see the full Budget documents:

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April 26, 2020

Foster Kinship Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of DC KinCare Alliance Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Kinship Diversion Practices

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April 25, 2020

Alliance for Children’s Rights Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of DC KinCare Alliance Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Kinship Diversion Practices

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April 15, 2020

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of DC KinCare Alliance Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Kinship Diversion Practices

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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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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 26, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance and Ropes & Gray File Second Federal Lawsuit Against District of Columbia

New suit challenges CFSA’s ongoing, illegal practice of “Kinship Diversion.”

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March 13, 2020

View Our FY 2020 and 2021 Goals!

See what we are hoping to accomplish for kinship families!

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January 11, 2019

DC KinCare Alliance Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Unlawful, Discriminatory Kinship Diversion Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DC KinCare Alliance and the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP have filed a
federal lawsuit against the District of Columbia and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency
(CFSA) for violating the rights of multiple Plaintiffs under D.C. and federal laws.

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January 11, 2019

Review DC KinCare Alliance 2019 Accomplishments

Elected caregiver relative to corporate board of directors
Established Community Board to empower caregiver relatives to lead advocacy efforts

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January 6, 2019

Read Our Summer 2019 Newsletter

In response to the Trump Administration’s immigration policies as well as recent ICE raids here in DC, we submitted a recommendation to Councilmember Brianne Nadeau to amend the DC

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January 1, 2019

View Infographic on our Public Benefits Advocacy

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