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, April 20

RSVP from the website calendar.




Excellent advice for parents planning to adopt a teen

Childhood trauma often has a lifelong impact.

Ontario aims to stop teens from aging out of care unprepared.

Adopted after more than 4,000 days in foster care.

Teens are never too old for adoption!

Considering adopting an older child? Annemarie says "Jump in"

Never losing hope to find a family.

Michael Oher on still working through trauma from his childhood.


Help us expand DCFYI's reach and find more adoptive parents for wonderful teens. Like our social media pages and comment and share posts so other people will see them.

Thank you!



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

All because of you

Not infrequently we get a call or email from someone outside the DC area asking if there is an organization like Family & Youth Initiative where they live. Almost always the answer is no.

There are few organizations or programs like ours anywhere. There are many reasons for this - including beliefs that teens cannot be adopted (so scarce resources are focused on finding adoptive families for younger children) and that services (not relationships) are what young people need to successfully transition from foster care to adulthood.

We obviously think otherwise - we believe that everyone, especially teens and young adults, needs supportive people in their lives and that adults do adopt teens (especially when they have opportunities to get to know those teens).

We are always happy to share insight and advice with organizations thinking about starting a similar program. And honored when reminded of just how unique our approach and programming are.

We were especially honored to be recognized as the Adoption Exchange Association's March "Member of the Month." The AEA is the country's premier national association of adoption professionals and organizations. In other words - people who are are working to ensure that ALL children in foster care find family. From their introduction:

As professionals we know youth who have left the system without permanency through legal guardianship or adoption are especially vulnerable as they enter adulthood without formal supports. Fortunately, all DC teens who are waiting to be adopted, or those on the trajectory to age-out of foster care, can access a unique intervention targeted to help these teens/young adults facilitate, establish, and strengthen relationships with supportive adults.

You are the reason DCFYI teens can have these amazing relationships. It is only because of your interest and support that we reach more teens every year, making some pretty magical relationships happen.

Thank you for allowing us to continue this work,

PS Please let me know if you would like to read the "Member of the Month" write-up!

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Meet & Greet

Connect with other volunteers during these virtual events.
Choice of two dates to attend:

     April 8 at 6 pm
     April 10 at 1 pm

Art in the Park
Saturday April 24, 2-4 pm
(Rain date - Sunday April 25)

Due to space limitations, event participation is primarily for unmatched teens and adults. Please contact Chanelle for information and to RSVP.

Event details are on the DCFYI website calendar.

We are getting closer . . .

We are excited about returning to our "normal" in-person events soon! For now, all events will be small and outdoors with focus on unmatched teens and adults.

We will increase the size of events when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, join us virtually to connect with other volunteers at one of the Volunteer Meet and Greet events.

Interested in driving teens to events?

If you have not recently sent us your current auto insurance information, please email a copy to Julie

853 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20003

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