The Foster FAM Program
In 2019, D.C.’s child welfare agency, Child & Family Services, reported:
Foster care is not permanent. Foster families step in to create a safe, stable environment for a child, while birth parents address their personal challenges. Ensuring that families can safely reunite requires support for foster homes and birth parents from the entire community. This is where DC127 steps in.
DC127’s Foster FAM (Family Advocacy Ministry) Program provides potential and current foster, kinship, and adoptive parents the assistance they need to welcome a youth into their home. DC127 is committed to ensuring limited placement disruption for children residing in foster homes and for adoptive families to thrive.
“Thank you DC127 for your continued amazing generosity that has been a lifeline for us in this season. You are literally the hands and feet of Jesus and bring so much encouragement. We cannot thank you enough!”
- Foster Parent supported by DC127
FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE SUPPORT
Our Foster Care Orientations walk families through the D.C. foster care licensing process
People interested in fostering are invited to attend DC127’s Foster Care Orientation, where participants get an inside look at what it takes to become a foster parent in the District. DC127 works directly with Child and Family Services, D.C.'s child welfare agency, to facilitate the orientations. The orientations are the first step for parents to become licensed in D.C.
We connect families to city-wide support, resources, and workshops
Whether fostering or adopting, DC127 connects parents to various supports around the DMV to continue learning the best ways to care for a new child in their home, as well as for themselves. We also provide in-house, industry-led trainings for foster and adoptive parents on topics such as trauma-informed care, de-escalation, supporting youth's developmental growth, and more.
The Foster and Adoptive Parent Roundtable
The Roundtable introduces families to one another to create cohesion and a broader support network. Parents are able to to meet other adoptive and foster parents in the DMV area, talk about their experiences, and gain knowledge, support, and community. The Roundtable also brings in professionals and community-based organizations to share about different resources in the city. The Foster and Adoptive Parent Roundtable occurs on the second Tuesday of every month and is normally focused on topical conversations.
Mobilizing church support through Care Communities
DC127 forms Care Communities around foster and adoptive families with members of our partner churches to surround them with support and a loving community. Care Communities are teams of 4-6 committed volunteers who serve a unique foster or adoptive family for one year and provide regular and on-going practical help, such as providing meals, childcare, emotional support, transportation, and more. Currently, Care Communities are available at Grace Mosaic Church, Pillar Church DC, and The District Church.
To talk to our Executive Director Cynthia Moreland about foster care, fill out the form below.