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Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent

Collage of Individual Youth

DC Families for DC Kids

Over 800 District children and teens are living outside their birth homes under the care of the public child welfare system. All these young people deserve to grow up with the security, guidance and support only a family environment provides. What’s more, they deserve to know their community cares. Yet nearly half of all District children and youth in care are placed in Maryland. To keep these children in their own community, we need more foster homes in the District.

Make a Big Difference in a Young Life

Foster parents provide a safe, nurturing home for children and teens temporarily separated from their families through no fault of their own. Watch a video of CFSA’s Foster Parents of the Year 2017, who share the challenges and rewards of fostering in their own words. Foster parents have the opportunity to help children and families in our community in a very personal, meaningful, and lasting way.

It’s Easy to Get Started

CFSA continuously recruits, trains, and licenses District residents to be foster parents. The first step is calling 202-671-LOVE (5683). A friendly, knowledgeable social worker will speak with you and answer your questions. CFSA has information sessions for prospective foster parents every two weeks. Why not invest a couple of hours to explore whether fostering is right for you? To be invited to an upcoming session, please give us a call. You may also want to visit our website all about fostering at

See Some of the District’s Waiting Children What about Adoption? 

CFSA offers two pathways to adopting from the public child welfare system: foster to adopt and child-specific adoption. For information about these adoption processes, read the Important Facts document listed below.  

Important Facts About Adoption


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