The Imprint News Article on DC’s Hidden Foster Care System and DC KinCare Alliance’s Impact Litigation Challenging the Practice
The article delves into the hardships kinship caregivers face when asked to take in children by the child welfare agency, also known as kinship diversion or Hidden Foster Care. DC KinCare Alliance filed 6 federal lawsuits challenging this discriminatory and illegal practice in DC.
Executive Director Marla Spindel Quoted In Article About Grandparent Caregivers
Our ED Marla Spindel is quoted in this article addressing the hardships grandparents and other relatives face when raising their grandchildren and children in their extended families. Thank you Denise Rolark Barnes and Word in Black for bringing attention to these important issues.
CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER
Find out about our 2021 accomplishments and what our clients are saying about us!
DC Council Has First Vote On FY 2022 Budget
It includes funding for the Office of Ombudsperson for Children and the Grandparent and Close Relative Caregiver Programs, as well as a tax on the wealthy to help pay for housing vouchers, subsidies for day-care worker and tax credits for low-income families.
Executive Director Marla Spindel Quoted in Washington Post Article About Near Fatality of Young DC Child
ED Marla Spindel is quoted in this article about the horrific abuse of a 5-year-old DC girl that was so severe that she is now on a ventilator. Marla explains that it is no one’s job to report on near fatalities and contends DC should enact a law to require such reporting.
Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Testified Before the DC Council Committee on Human Services
Deputy Director McClellan testified before the DC Council Committee on Human Services about why an independent Office of Ombudsperson for Children should be funded by the DC government to ensure the safety of DC’s at-risk children.
Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Testifies Before DC Council Committee of the Whole
Deputy Director McClellan testified before the DC Council Committee of the Whole about why an independent Office of Ombudsperson for Children should be funded by the DC government to ensure the safety of DC’s at-risk children.
DC KinCare Alliance Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy
As it Celebrates its 18th Anniversary Working in the Greater Washington Region, the Catalogue for Philanthropy is Proud to Honor DC KinCare Alliance
Executive Director Marla Spindel and Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Publish Op-Ed on Hidden Foster Care
In the Op-Ed published in The DC Line, Marla Spindel and Stephanie McCllelan address the discriminatory practice of hidden foster care and discuss how it hurts DC’s children and families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
Executive Director Marla Spindel Quoted in this Washington Post Story About An Infant Abuse Fatality
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!
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.
Listen to Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Testify Before the DC Council on November 4, 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.
Check Out Our Very Own Board Member Donnequa Grantham on Local DMV News!
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.
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: https://mayor.dc.gov/page/fy2021-budget-dchope%E2%80%93-mayor-bowser%E2%80%99s-commitment-give-every-washingtonian-fair-shot
Foster Kinship Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of DC KinCare Alliance Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Kinship Diversion Practices
Alliance for Children’s Rights Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of DC KinCare Alliance Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Kinship Diversion Practices
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of DC KinCare Alliance Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Kinship Diversion Practices
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!
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.
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.”
View Our FY 2020 and 2021 Goals!
See what we are hoping to accomplish for kinship families!
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.
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
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