CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Effects of child abuse can last a lifetime. We are here to help through every life stage.
Join our cause during the month of April
Family Matters works to put the power of positive change into youth and their development. This begins with protecting children from risk of abuse, while also being a resource for strengthening families. Child abuse is a dreadful epidemic that Family Matters is devoted to put to an end. In order to do this, awareness of the problem must first be brought to attention.

Family Matters is a means for support and prevention through all stages of life. We are participating in the nationally recognized "Wear Blue Day" Wednesday, April 12th, which spreads awareness of Child Abuse Prevention. Family Matters asks that everyone wear at least one article of blue clothing on April 12th and share that action with friends, family, co-workers and the public. Wearing blue shows that the greater DC area will band together to help put a stop to the epidemic of child abuse.

Join us in creating awareness for 
#ChildAbusePreventionMonth 
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President's Corner
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy

Earlier this year, Family Matters, Leadership Greater Washington, led by President and CEO, Doug Duncan and the Coalition for Research to Practice, led by Founder and CEO, Dr. Bill Reay, Ph.D., co-hosted a business mission to Cuba to explore potential opportunities for partnership and collaboration among similar business leaders there. The visit not only facilitated a rich and valuable cultural exchange for all participants, it helped identify and bring to the fore, similarities and differences, as well as common challenges and goals we share with our global neighbors.
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Tonya Jackson Smallwood
President & CEO
Staff Spotlight
Family Matters would like you to meet Dana Bianca Taylor, our incredibly talented PRP Coordinator. Dana is a native of the greater Washington area and graduate of the University of Maryland. Her philosophy focuses on changing problematic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts of the clients she works with.

"I provide a stimulating environment that encourages my clients to aspire for greatness, while fostering confidence in order for them to realize their full potential in raising their standards. I am always willing to participate in the school and often volunteer to assist with school/personal functions. There is general evidence of mutual respect between myself and my clients."     Read More
Camp Moss Hollow
Every summer, over 800 foster care, low-income, homeless, adopted, and other inner city 7-14 year olds are given the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Moss Hollow. The primary goal of camp is to protect campers from certain risks they may be exposed to such as hunger, crime, drug use and homelessness the impacts of which can have lifelong negative consequences.

Campers might not bring much to camp, but what they take away will last a lifetime. If you have ever wondered how you can make a palpable, lasting difference in a child's life, consider helping send one to camp.  Read More  

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