We are a group of attorneys, professionals, volunteers, and generous supporters who are passionate about advocating for relative caregivers who have stepped up to raise at-risk DC children in times of crisis.
Our Community Advisory Board consists of 17 members who are grandparents, aunts, cousins, siblings, and godparents raising at-risk 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 protect and care for these children in times of crisis. 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 children 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 to discuss 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, met privately with DC Councilmember staff to raise awareness about kinship family issues, and participated in community events.
For questions or more information, please contact Executive Director Marla Spindel at [email protected]
Rhoda Spindel, In Loving Memory of Lillian Gally
Mrs. Gale Arnold
The Bergstrom Family Foundation
The Cedar Hill Foundation
Jenny and Peter Brody
Debbie Pam Klatt
Kolar Charitable Foundation of Buckley LLP
Tracy and Carl Kulikowski
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Inc.
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC
The Rhodes Family Charitable Fund
Ropes & Gray LLP
Elisa Rosen and Jonathan Berman
Annette Simon and Rob Portman
Frederic Spindel and Halle Peskoff
Marla Spindel and Jonathan Peskoff
Kristin and John Sokol
Linda and Ben Tesdahl
The Women’s Bar Association Foundation of DC
Child Welfare League of America
DC Legal Services Providers Consortium
DC Fair Budget Coalition
DC Access to Justice Commission Raising the Bar in DC Campaign
A Wider Circle Highland Community Implementing Partners
National Hidden Foster Care Working Group