Family and Youth Initiative
Learn more or take the first step to become a mentor, host parent, or adoptive parent: DCFYI program orientation Wednesday, November 18 at 6 pm. RSVP from the DCFYI website calendar.

Good thing I ignored your adoption advice - a lovely piece by an adoptive mom who met her son when he was 10.

Out of Foster Care, Into College - article and profiles of amazing students who are succeeding in college out of foster care.

Presidential Proclamation for National Adoption Month.

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National Adoption Month

It is National Adoption Month, which means great stories and celebrations of families created through adoption, especially adoption of children from foster care.
This Saturday is DC's Adoption Day in Court. 10 AM at DC Superior Court. The one day a year adoptions are done in public. It's a big celebration and a fun day that is open to all.
Family & Youth Initiative will have an information table at Adoption Day and again on December 5 for the Adoption & Foster Care Expo (11 AM to 3 PM at the Carnegie Library). We are looking forward to talking with those who are interested in or maybe just starting to think about adoption.
If you know people who have asked questions or say they hope to adopt or foster some day, please tell them about the Expo. It will be a great opportunity to talk to organizations and learn from adoptive and foster parents.

The last few weeks have also been great for Family & Youth Initiative. Our Establishing Roots fundraiser was wonderful. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it so successful!

The 2105-2016 Catalogue for Philanthropy was released in early November. We are honored to be featured as "one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region."

Last week we learned that we had received grants from both the Share Fund and from the Ober | Kaler law firm.

We are so grateful for this support which will allow us to build on our successes and serve more teens in foster care in the coming year.

Our success is built on the passion and commitment of incredible Family & Youth Initiative volunteers - people who change the lives of teens in foster care and make adoption possible. I can't wait to see what we can accomplish in the year to come,

Upcoming Program Events

Our next program events:

  • Games afternoon, Saturday December 5;
  • Holiday party, Saturday December 19.

Check the website calendar for event details and to RSVP. Please email if you want details on small events (which may not be added to the website calendar).

At DCFYI events you'll get to meet teens and other adult volunteers. We guarantee you'll have a good time and will want to come back to get to know the teens better.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you

​Thank you to everyone who supported our Establishing Roots fundraiser, including all sponsors, and especially the:

Platinum Sponsors -

  • HBO
  • Steve & Vicki Hart

Gold Sponsors -



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