Can the separation of a parent and child, without a court review or due process and often without a plan for reunification, after the insistence and involvement of a child welfare agency ever be truly “voluntarily”? By Angie Schwartz and Cathy Krebs
Ms. Spindel warns of the detrimental impacts to children from the DC Child and Family Services Agency FY 2021 budget cuts to essential child protection programs and services, including the DC Grandparent Caregiver Program and Prevention Services.
Marla and Stephanie provide an online training for DC Volunteer Lawyers Project Attorneys on benefits available to relatives caring for children in DC. Access the training video here: https://vimeo.com/446513878/135800742c
DC Council arbitrarily suspended requirements for DC gov’t to respond to FOIA requests during the public health emergency. We drafted a Petition to the DC Council to repeal the suspension with over 100 sign-ons. In response to our Petition, the DC Council unanimously voted in favor of the FOIA Tolling Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
DC KinCare Alliance works to support relative caregivers who raise DC’s most vulnerable and at-risk children whose parents are not able to care for them for reasons including: death, incarceration, homelessness, substance use or mental health disorders, abuse or neglect, detainment or deportation. We empower relatives to care for these children by providing legal representation, education, and advocacy for the whole family.