SUMMER 2023 NEWSLETTER

Summer has arrived, and with June comes an incredible opportunity to shine a spotlight on our amazing children during Children's Awareness Month! We want to emphasize the importance of raising our kids in safe and loving environments. Studies show that when children are cared for by their closest family members, they grow up healthier and with stronger ties to their communities and culture.

DC Kincare Alliance in the News!


Our work has recently received attention in the Washington Post! 


Read these two stories about a relative who asked DC KinCare Alliance for help raising her goddaughter. Our caregiver, Yolanda, came to the rescue of a newborn when the infant’s mother abandoned her in the hospital without giving her a name. The infant was born with cocaine in her system and suffered from a birth injury that could leave her paralyzed if she did not receive physical therapy. Yolanda tried her best to care for the baby but was unable to get a birth certificate issued, which put the child’s medical care at risk. DC KinCare Alliance Executive Director Marla Spindel represented Yolanda in court and with the DC Department of Health to ensure the child received a birth certificate and a name – Justyce!






DC KinCare’s 6th Anniversary  - Donate

We celebrated our 6th anniversary on June 14th, and we owe it all to your incredible support. Thank you for being a part of our journey and for helping us make a difference in the lives of vulnerable DC children and families like Yolanda and Baby Justyce.


You can join our celebration by donating today.

Help us to continue supporting DC’s most vulnerable and at-risk children and their relative caregivers. Your contributions will have a direct and positive impact on their lives.

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Advocacy


Kinship Placement Roundtable


On June 9th DC KinCare Alliance participated in the Kinship Placement Roundtable organized by the DC Office of the Ombudsperson for Children. We raised concerns about DC’s Hidden Foster Care practice, which harms children and families. Take a moment to watch this eye-opening video explaining how this unfair and discriminatory practice works: 

Relative Caregiver Community Board

Annual Family Fun Day



We had a blast at our 2023 Community Board Family Fun Day on May 20th! It was a fantastic opportunity to come together with our relative caregivers and the children they are protecting. We stand with them and all caregivers who are fighting for a system that treats everyone equally and allows them to safely raise and nurture the children they love.

Welcome Mary Fuller - Client Intake Manager


We're thrilled to welcome Mary Fuller as our first Client Intake Manager. Mary, a DC relative caregiver herself, brings valuable firsthand experience to our team. With a background in office management and a degree in accounting, Mary is excited to serve the DC KinCare Alliance relative caregiver community.



Resources


Our 2023 Resource Guide for Relatives Raising D.C. Children is Available!


Our comprehensive 2023 Resource Guide is now available! This is a very valuable resource for relative caregivers raising DC children.


Visit our website or email us at info@dckincare.org to request hard copies.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GUIDE

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