The LAYC Foster Care program places some of the District’s most vulnerable youth in a safe and loving home.

Some children in the Washington, DC area are removed from their home out of necessity for their safety; others are removed because their biological parents are not able to care for them; and other youth and children come to this country unaccompanied, without close ties to other family members.

The District had 6,727 total referrals for child abuse and neglect which resulted in 6,190 referrals for investigation; 2,377 children were found to be victims of abuse or neglect.*

Our Program

The foster care system allows for these children to have a safe place to live and heal once separated from dangerous situations. A licensed child placing agency with the District of Columbia, LAYC’s Foster Care program provides housing and intensive case management services to children and youth in DC.

Our program ensures foster families are prepared for the responsibility of being a caretaker for a child in the foster care system through:

  • A certification process that licenses families to meet DC Child and Family Services Agency requirements.
  • Training and support to provide a temporary safe haven to the child or youth during a critical time in their lives.

Foster Care Team

Our Team

  • LAYC’s foster care team is fully bilingual in English and Spanish
  • We have been rated top three licensing agencies by the DC Child and Family Services Agency for several years
  • To ensure all of our clients and families receive the utmost attention, each foster care social worker carries no more than 10 cases at a time
  • Our team is trained in clinical intervention to provide foster parents with additional support as needed.
Location

Washington, DC Safe Housing Office, 3043 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Contact

Maraldy Gutierrez, Family Resource Specialist, maraldy@layc-dc.org, (202) 607-7622.

Click here to learn more about becoming a foster parent with LAYC in the District of Columbia, or about our host homes program for residents of the District of Columbia, Montgomery or Prince George’s Counties, Maryland, or Northern Virginia.

*Child Welfare League of America, www.cwla.org, 2011.