The Impact of the DC Child Welfare System’s Redesign on LSSNCA’s Service Delivery

By: Kichelle Coleman, Children’s Services Director  2017 is proving to be a pivotal year for the LSSNCA Children Services Program.  As we are celebrating 100 years of Serving Boldly, LSSNCA’s foster care program is facing a huge shift in continuing care to abused and neglected children. In late March, the Child and Family Services Agency … More The Impact of the DC Child Welfare System’s Redesign on LSSNCA’s Service Delivery

Unexpected Blessings

Sometimes the most precious gifts show up in the least expected places. To our families in need and to staff at LSS/NCA, every gesture of good will is a miracle. Last winter, Youth Haven Camps & Retreats received a grant from the Miller & Chevalier Charitable Foundation in a serendipitous turn of events. Employees of the … More Unexpected Blessings

Unsealing My Adoption

This is a small taste of what it’s like to courageously seek out your birth parents as an adoptee….     I contacted LSS/NCA nervous but excited about starting the search for my birth parents. Dozens of years had passed since my adoption through LSS/NCA. LSS/NCA staff ensured that I was well prepared for the search: the emotions I would feel, … More Unsealing My Adoption

Foster Care, Refugee, and Youth Haven Teens Explore the Future

Youth Haven, refugee, and foster care youth explored careers and higher education options this spring at our first ever combined-program retreat.  LSS/NCA youth, ages 15-20, were invited to explore various career and educational opportunities while building new friendships.  Retreat attendees included DC-born youth and immigrants from around the world.  Bringing together young people from diverse … More Foster Care, Refugee, and Youth Haven Teens Explore the Future