Family and Youth Initiative


DCFYI Orientation
Tuesday, October 19

Learn more or take the next step to being a mentor, weekend host parent, adoptive parent, or event driver.

RSVP from the website calendar.


New! Navigating Adoption podcast from AdoptUSKids - bringing together real adoptive families & adoption experts to showcase the unexpected rewards of adopting a teen from foster care. Stories and resources to help you navigate the process.

Don’t be afraid to adopt teenagers.”

Shining a Light in the Shadows.

Woman uses TikTok to educate on the importance of fostering teenagers.

Should foster youth age out at 21? This week’s cutoff of pandemic relief money raises the question.

I will never forget that I could have lived with people who loved me.

Study confirms rise in child abuse during COVID pandemic.

DCFYI is seeking volunteers to serve on our Fundraising committee.

Help us expand DCFYI's reach and find more weekend host and 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

Celebrating trips round the sun

Do you do birthdays up big or try to ignore them? Has that changed since you were younger?

October is Family & Youth Initiative's birthday. We are celebrating our 10th year. Funny thing is we actually turned 10 a year ago, but in the chaos of responding to the pandemic we completely forgot. So we are now celebrating the end of our 10th year. Because why not?

Last month we held our biggest program event since the start of the pandemic. Fittingly it was the birthday party where we celebrate the birthdays of all DCFYI teens. We weren't able to have everyone attend this year but it was a mix of new teens (and adults) and  those who have participated with us for a longer time. Definitely different given that we were outside. But the weather was beautiful, we got to play our favorite games, and there was such excitement to be back in person and see others we have missed. Such a reminder of how important this community is to all of us.

Whether you are usually a birthday celebrator or not, I hope you soon get many occasions to see those you have missed and to make up for lost celebrations over the past year and a half.

Thank you for putting birthday celebrations and the people who make those celebrations memorable into  the lives of DCFYI youth!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 16,1:30 PM
We play to win, but spectators are welcome also.

Treetop Adventure
November date will be posted soon

Holiday Party

This year's party will be outside; we are hoping for a warm December day. Tentatively December 11.

As we continue to watch covid numbers, we are keeping event attendance low and prioritizing unmatched teens and adults. Please contact Susan for information and to register for events.

Events are on the DCFYI website calendar.

Birthdays all Year Long

Thank you to everyone who has bought books for individual DCFYIer birthday gifts. We are so grateful for your support!

We have added some new titles to the East City Bookshop wishlist (including poetry) in case you still want to donate.

You will need to create an East City account (takes maybe five seconds) and designate your purchase for store pick up and donation to DCFYI. Thank you!

Holiday Gift Giving

It will soon be that time again! We will be collecting DCFYIer wishlists starting this month. If you would like to contribute to the gift giving, please let Mala know. We give youth a cap of $150 for their wishlists and can split a list between gift givers.

Open Table

Training for the first Open Table members starts soon. It is not to late to join them. Contact Patrick to learn more and get started. A number of the DCFYI youth already aged out of care are looking forward to having tables.

Join Us!         

DCFYI's annual Establishing Roots fundraising reception is Wednesday, October 13, 6:30-9 PM.

We can't wait to be in person at the Eastern Market North Hall again this year!

Get your tickets here. We look forward to seeing you.

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Suite 217
Washington, DC 20003

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