Family and Youth Initiative

Learn more or take the first step toward being a mentor, host parent, or adoptive parent at DCFYI program orientation. Tuesday March 13. RSVP from the website calendar.

Mentor training - Saturday March 24, open to everyone who has attended orientation and submitted a mentor application.


Have something you want to share on the DCFYI blog? Let us know!

Sometimes Plan B is better than Plan A

After 23 foster homes, and 33 years, local family adopts man

Nicole and her husband hadn't planned on adopting teens from foster care.

When I was a teenager in care, all I wanted was someone who didn’t give up on me

Scar Tissue and What the Brain Believes

Brain Frames: Short Tools for Positive Interactions With Youth in Foster Care

The Real Causes Of Depression Have Been Discovered, And They’re Not What You Think

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Changing the conversation?

Almost five years ago, the first episode of The Fosters aired on ABC Family. Those in the foster care community were excited that finally a tv show was giving a more realistic (both fuller and nuanced) portrayal of foster care and adoption issues.

I don't think there were shows preceding The Fosters that wove so much about foster care and adoption into a portrayal of family. A more usual story line would be the orphaned child who suffered at the hands of adults and/or persevered against all odds until being "rescued" by a loving parent.

Does the accuracy of screen portrayals matter?

I think it does. Barriers to more teens in foster care finding adoptive families include a lack of public awareness that there are teens who want families and misperceptions of who those teens are. Mainstream shows that portray teens realistically may lead to more adults deciding to get involved, possibly to consider adoption.

The Fosters is just ending its run (although with a spin-off to start soon). The good news of course is This is Us, which has a much high viewership and thus is bringing its equally accurate portrayal of foster care to a wider audience.

We can only hope that more teens will find family as a result,

Program Events

Join us for fun and to get to know DCFYI teens:

  • Games and Basketball at Howard University, Saturday February 24;
  • Museum Scavenger Hunt, Saturday March 10.

Information on those and other events on the website calendar.

Please RSVP for all events there.

We look forward to seeing you.

Adult Get Together

Wednesday evening, February 28.

Join us to spend time with other DCFYI volunteers. If you are new and deciding whether to get involved, this is a great opportunity to hear from current volunteers.

Support teens who need family

Your donation to DCFYI means teens in foster care will have lasting relationships with caring adults.

What is more important than that?

All young people need adults who will answer questions, give advice, celebrate successes, and be there through the hard times.

Your support makes this possible.

Thank you.

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