Invitation to Sponsor
Dear Friend of DCFYI:
Remember your first job interview – you worry about “What should I wear? How do I address the interviewer? What are they going to ask me?” So what do you do? Ask a parent or a sibling, they’ll have the answers (and throw in some love as well!).
Teens in the foster care system often don’t have caring adults to help guide them through common situations like how to pay taxes, what to wear to a job interview, or how to fill out a college application. This is where Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) comes in. And where you can too – by sponsoring Establishing Roots, our annual fundraising reception.
DCFYI is the only area organization that works exclusively to help older children at risk of “aging out” of foster care find family. Older children are the least likely to be adopted and the most likely to age out of care without permanent adult connections, yet research shows that having just one caring, committed adult in the life of a child can make all the difference between struggle and success.
We invite you to sponsor this year’s Establishing Roots fundraiser, held October 12th, 2022 at historic Eastern Market. Proceeds raised will enable DCFYI to serve more teens in foster care, connecting those teens with adoptive families, mentors and other caring adults who permanently commit to being in their lives.
DCYI uses a unique approach, brining together teens and adults for group activities to have fun and get to know each other, allowing relationships to form naturally and comfortably. We facilitate those connections, helping them repen into bonds, and support both teens and families through mentoring relationships and adoption. This early and active involvement of teens is part of what makes us different from other adoption programs.
As a sponsor, you’ll be demonstrating your commitment to improving the lives of teens in foster care to the hundreds of members of our community. With your support, we can make this year’s event even more successful and allow DCFYI to serve more teens.
All sponsors will receive recognition in written materials, including the event program, and on the DCFYI website. Questions? Please contact Executive Director Susan Punnett by phone at 202-421-7224 or email. We would be happy to meet with you to tell you more about our work or discuss sponsorship levels. Thank you for your consideration.