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Youth Services

DC Government Building for youth in care

Nearly half of the District foster care population is composed of teens and young adults ages 15 to 21. Everyone serving these young people has two critical obligations to them:

  • Continue to seek permanence through reunification with birth family, legal guardianship (often with relatives), or adoption. At the very least, ensure every youth in care has a relationship with a caring adult committed to providing life-long guidance and support.
  • Prepare these young people for adulthood with the quality of nurturing, guidance, and support and a host of opportunities good parents provide for their own children. 

Outcome Targets for District Youth in Care

  • Increase high school graduates
  • Increase college graduates
  • Increase youth who complete vocational training and/or receive industry certification
  • Increase youth age 20 who are employed or in post-secondary education
  • Decrease youth who age out of foster care
  • Increase engagement of youth in after-care services
  • Increase youth with stable housing upon exit

A Resource for Partnership and Support
CFSA’s Office of Youth Empowerment (OYE) plays a leadership role in achieving positive outcomes for older youth in care. OYE coordinates with and supports social workers, resource parents, and
others helping older youth in care, ages 15 to 20, prepare for life on their own. OYE also partners with other public agencies, community organizations, and businesses to provide a robust array of resources and opportunities for older youth in care to build skills and gain experience.

OYE has three primary functions:


CFSA's Office of Youth Empowerment (OYE), located at 3700 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20010, offers a host of services and growth experiences for District teens and young adults in foster care.

Transition Planning for youth aging out of care for youth aging out of care

Education and Vocation


Pregnant and Parenting Youth

Transitional Support and Aftercare


Service Contact: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-6100
Contact Fax: 
(202) 727-6505
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

200 I Street, SE

GIS Address: 
200 I Street, SE