Family and Youth Initiative

Learn more or take the next step to being a mentor, host parent, adoptive parent, or event driver. DCFYI orientation, Tuesday June 16.

RSVP from the website calendar.


What do "teens" think about volunteers Thoughts from a DCFYIer on the DCFYI blog. Have a question for a young person? Ask us and look for the answer in a future blog post.

I learned the impact of prolonged exposure to stress from my foster child.

Sia Adopted 2 Teenage Boys as They were Aging Out of Foster Care System.

Youth aging out of foster care face extra struggles due to COVID-19, advocates say.

For Foster Youth, Coronavirus piles Grief upon Grief.

As Pandemic Batters Economy, Foster Youth Bear the Brunt.

For Foster Youth, Stability is even harder to find during the Pandemic.

What Happens when you Age Out of Foster Care during a Pandemic?

For teens whose home lives are already tough, staying home can be devastating.

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Your support means more teens in foster care will have lifelong connections with caring adults and find adoptive families.

Connecting teens, creating families, changing lives

And hope for the future

How painful these last weeks have been as we have individually and collectively processed some combination of anger, grief, rage over the killing of two more Black Americans at the hands of the police.

There are times in our history when momentous change happens, sometimes galvanized by an event so outrageous it cannot be ignored or explained away. This week I have wondered if the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor might be such a moment, that all Americans will finally come together to begin to address the wrongs of our history and in particular the harm perpetrated against Black Americans.

I hope so.

For those who are old enough to already know and have experienced both racism and fear of any interaction with police.

And for the generations to come that they may grow up and live in a society that welcomes and offers all of them the same opportunities and promise.

I am proud of the DCFYI youth who have taken part in demonstrations (and those who recognize the power of their vote and made sure to do so despite a pandemic and experiencing their own anger or grief).

And grateful to the adults who have continued to support those youth, both talking about recent (and not so recent) events and ensuring they are staying safe.

Please stay safe; continue to find ways to fight for peace and justice,


Virtual Events

For now we are holding virtual events.

These events are not posted on the website calendar.

If you would like to participate, let us know.

We are starting to plan for (small) in-person events. We miss seeing everyone.


We're Hiring!

Family & Youth Initiative is seeking two people to join our team: a full-time Programs Manager (to manage and drive forward DCFYI’s mentoring and host parent programming) and a part-time Operations Coordinator (to help on-ramp new volunteers, plan events, support fundraising, and manage communications).

We are looking for people who are problem-solvers, who take initiative and are highly organized, work independently, are comfortable working in a culturally diverse environment, have strong communication skills, and are ready to roll up their sleeves.

Please tell anyone who might be interested.

Details and application information on the DCFYI website.


Thank you!

This spring, a pro bono team from Compass completed a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis for DCFYI to help us determine strategic priorities.

We so appreciate the volunteers, professionals, and youth who participated in interviews with the team.

And are so grateful to the Compass team for giving us valuable insights that are now guiding the board’s strategic planning work: Catherine Gwin (project leader), Stephanie Potter, Steven Hayes, Tara Marcus, and Thomas Mingey.

Thank you.




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