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 FatalityRead More
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, 2020Read More
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!Read More
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 PracticesRead More
Alliance for Children’s Rights Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of DC KinCare Alliance Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Kinship Diversion PracticesRead More
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of DC KinCare Alliance Federal Lawsuit Challenging DC’s Kinship Diversion PracticesRead More
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