Foster Care and Adoption

A child enters foster care every two minutes in the U.S., according to data released by the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System in 2014. And similarly, far too many Washington, D.C. youth and teens live in homes facing crises and challenges that pose a risk to their safety and well being.

The Foster Care team at Family Matters of Greater Washington strives to bring safety and stability to these young citizens and their families, with traditional foster care services and therapeutic foster care services.

Family Matters’ Foster Care team provides full case management for children and teens in need. A licensed social worker meets with each child, and with his or her family. The Family Matters Foster Care team assesses each child’s social, educational, medical and psychological needs, and makes referrals to the appropriate service providers.

The case managers at Family Matters have one goal for the children and teens in their care – permanency in a safe, loving home within 15 months. They work hard to reunite each child with his or her biological family. And when family reunification is not possible, Family Matters’ case managers work to identify a loving, permanent home in the District of Columbia or in Maryland.

Children and Teens Matter at Family Matters of Greater Washington

Family Matters’ Foster Care unit served 101 abused or neglected children in 2015. All of these youngsters were either reunited with their biological family, after the appropriate services were provided, or placed in foster care with a supportive, loving foster family.

Help Family Matters empower, enrich and elevate children and teens in need.

  • If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Children and Family Services Agency at 202-671-SAFE (202-671-7233) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit CFSA.
  • Inquire about becoming a foster parent or a foster-to-adopt parent. (Singles, married or cohabiting couples, and LGBT applicants welcome.)