DC KinCare Alliance’s Community Advisory Board consists of 10 members who represent grandparents, aunts, cousins, siblings, and godparents who raise DC children when their parents are unable to care for them. The purpose of the Community Advisory Board is to hear from these amazing relative caregivers who have stepped up to raise these children in times of need. These relative caregivers may not have expected to take on this role but they have risen to the challenge and we are in awe of their hard work and dedication!
We know it is not easy for relative caregivers to raise a child because they face an uphill battle with a system designed for parent-child families, not for families that look like theirs. We want relative caregivers to have a voice to help make more services, supports, and financial assistance available to kinship families, as well as make the system more user-friendly and responsive to kinship family needs.
Community Board members meet regularly to identify issues they seek to raise with government decision-makers and how they want to go about doing so. They work together to empower themselves and others in their community to take action to help all kinship families in DC.
To date, Community Advisory Board members have testified before the DC City Council and met privately with DC Councilmember staff to raise awareness about kinship family issues.
For questions or more information, please contact Executive Director Marla Spindel at firstname.lastname@example.org.