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Help a teen in foster care prepare for adulthood - be a Host Parent

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ORGANIZATION: Family & Youth Initiative

  • 31 people are interested

Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) host parents change the lives of children in foster care.

Host parents are matched with a teen waiting for an adoptive family. The teens spends a series of weekends with the host parent/s. Host parents help teens meet other adults to widen the circles of people who know the teen and his or her desire to be adopted. Host parents give teens support and encouragement they wouldn't otherwise have and help them prepare to be secure independent adults.

Being a host parent is a great opportunity for anyone considering older child adoption to get to know children in foster care (and other adoptive families).

Family & Youth Initiative offers:

  • Training, home study, and ongoing support;
  • Fun monthly activities for participating teens and adults;
  • A wonderful community of adults and teens who genuinely care for and support each other.

Family & Youth Initiative host parents:

  • Welcome a teen into their home for a series of weekend visits;
  • Help the teen meet other adults so we can help the teen find an adoptive family;
  • Report on the teen’s weekend visits.

We work with children 12 to 21 who are in DC foster care and waiting for adoptive families.

We make "natural matches" between host parents and teens. Adults and teens get to know each other at DCFYI monthly events. We make hosting marches based on the relationships that form at the events and with the express interest of both adult and teen.

For more information, please visit our website [www.dcfyi.org]. You an also contact us by phone [202-863-0975] or email [info@dcfyi.org].

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About Family & Youth Initiative


853 New Jersey Avenue,SE, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20003, US

Mission Statement

Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) creates enriching lifetime relationships for youth at risk of aging out of foster care. We make a difference in the lives of older children by forging pathways to adoption while building bridges between youth and a community of adults willing to open their hearts and homes.


Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) helps older children (12 to 21) in foster care find adoptive families and make lifelong connections with caring

DCFYI focuses solely on helping teens at riskof aging out of fostercare find adoptive families and develop lasting relationships with other caring adults. We are unique in that we offer opportunities for adults who are not yet approved to adopt or mentor to meet and get to know teens so that relationships can grow naturally, which is a much more effective way for adults and teens to get to know each other and get comfortable before any formal mentor or adoption match is made.

We are one of very few organizations that create low barrier ways for adults to get to know and help teens in foster care. We encourage creative responses to the needs of individual teens and abilities and availability of interested adults.


Children & Youth
Children & Youth, LGBTQ+


We'll work with your schedule.


The DC metro areaWashington, DC 20003



  • Youth Services




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • four month commitment once matched with a teen

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