Recent News

July 13, 2022

DC KinCare Alliance Awarded NBC Universal Project Innovation Grant of $25,000

DC KinCare Alliance was chosen for this grant in recognition of its innovative and unique approach to helping DC kinship families.

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June 19, 2022

DC Family Court Reimagining Plan Starting August 1, 2022

The DC family court has reimagined how it will return to operations following the COVID pandemic.

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June 10, 2022

DC Superior Court Extends Judicial Emergency Until July 31, 2022

See attached Order to determine how operations are affected in your case; most cases are still being heard remotely but some are in-person.  Public service counters and help centers are generally open for in-person service. Electronic service via text message, email or other forms of social media remains permissible in accordance with DRB Rule 4(c)(3)(B).

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April 27, 2022

Child Welfare Advocate Marie Cohen and Executive Director Marla Spindel Respond to Dorothy Roberts “Five Myths about the Child Welfare System”

Ms. Cohen and Ms. Spindel respond to Professor Roberts’ April 17th piece in the Outlook section of the Washington Post.  Cohen and Spindel contend that Roberts’ version of reality “does not agree with what we see every day as child advocates in the District of Columbia, nor with the research on child welfare.”

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April 8, 2022

DC Superior Court Extends Judicial Emergency Until June 10, 2022

The Order issued on April 8, 2022 continues mostly remote hearings in the courthouse, with some exceptions as set forth in the Order.  All clerks offices are open for in-person filings.  The Family Court Self Help Center is open in-person and remotely.

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April 6, 2022

Executive Director Marla Spindel Presents at American Bar Association Center on Children and Law Conference

Ms. Spindel presented on “AMERICA’S HIDDEN FOSTER SYSTEM – HOW IT HURTS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES,” along with co-presenters Diane Redleaf with United Family Advocates/Family Defense Consulting and Andrew Brown of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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April 1, 2022

Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Quoted in DCLine Article About Mayor Bowser Defunding the DC Ombudsperson for Children

The article discusses how Mayor Bowser is using politics to undermine the safety and security of at-risk DC children by defunding and failing to fund in the future the Ombudsperson for Children.  By doing so, the Mayor seeks to skirt DC Council oversight of the DC Child and Family Services Agency.

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March 22, 2022

Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Quoted in News Article About Expanding the Grandparent and Close Relative Caregiver Subsidies

Important expansion of this critical support for relative caregivers to help keep at-risk DC children safe and stable by making the subsidy  available immediately, including godparents and relatives living just over the boarder in Maryland, and relatives who take in children in multi-generational families where the parents live in the home but have a disability,

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March 21, 2022

Executive Director Marla Spindel Recognized by Brown Rudnick as a Woman Trailblazer for Women’s History Month

Read the Q&A with Marla Spindel about what motivates her to do public service, her proudest moment, and the women who inspire her.

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February 4, 2022

Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan Quoted in Article on Killers of DC Children Getting Away with Murder

Jonetta Rose Barras discusses the plea bargains reached by the killers of 2 young DC children in her article in The DC Line entitled “Children at risk: Plea bargains bring doubts about whether there’s justice for victims of fatal abuse and neglect.”

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January 27, 2022

Executive Director Marla Spindel and Deputy Director Stephanie McClellan as well as DC KinCare Community Board Quoted in News Series — Still Broken: DC’s Child Welfare System

Jonetta Rose Barras wrote a series of articles in The DC Line about the broken DC child welfare system and how it fails to protect DC’s at-risk children.

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January 1, 2022

DC KinCare Alliance Announces Creation of Advisory Board

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to formally recognize those individuals who are instrumental to the growth and development of DC KinCare Alliance. Members of the Advisory Board are recognized experts in their fields and strong community partners.

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January 1, 2022

Read About Our 2021 Accomplishments!

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November 9, 2021

DC KinCare Alliance Files Case Against DC Metropolitan Police Department for Violating the DC Freedom of Information Act

DC KinCare Alliance and George Washington University Law School Public Justice Advocacy Clinic file litigation against MPD for violating DC FOIA requirements by failing to provide requested documents related to its decisions not to prosecute cases involving child physical and sexual abuse, child trafficking, and child fatalities.

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October 4, 2021

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.

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September 30, 2021

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.

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July 26, 2021


Find out about our 2021 accomplishments and what our clients are saying about us!

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July 10, 2021

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.

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July 9, 2021

Three ESA Service Centers Reopening for In-Person Business!

On July 12, 2021, the Anacostia, Congress Heights and H Street Services Centers will reopen to the public!  You can still apply online.

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May 28, 2021

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

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May 27, 2021

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.

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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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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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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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January 1, 2021

Read About Our 2020 Accomplishments!

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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 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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September 21, 2020

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

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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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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 24, 2020

Listen to DC KinCare’s First Ever Podcast Episode!

Marla and Stephanie discuss news of the day and how it affects relative caregivers.

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March 19, 2020

Marla Spindel Discusses the Impact of Coronavirus on Grandfamilies in This Washington Post Article

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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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