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
By: Emily Page, Guest Blogger Imagine the uncertainty of not being sure where you might sleep tomorrow, next month, or next year. Of not growing up in the same house as your brothers and sisters. Of mornings that may not start with a smile or a gentle voice. And days spent wondering whether you’d get … More All the Facts About Foster Care
By: Ruth Osorio, Guest Blogger Summer camp is about stories. Sure, it’s also about camp fires, archery, arts and crafts, and spending time in nature. But stories are what make camp such a special place for so many children and young adults. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area’s Youth Haven Summer Camp is … More Stories of Community and Hope from Summer Camp
Author: April Swiger, Guest Blogger Recently I attended an event where I was surrounded by beautiful families. From what I could see, we were probably the only foster family, and certainly the only trans-racial family present. This event very unexpectedly stirred up pain in my heart; pain that I needed to process and lay at … More Encouragement for the Weary Foster Mom
When the plane pulled up to the terminal at Washington Reagan Airport, the February sun had long set on a relatively warm winter day. Nancy and her daughter Linny were the last to step off the red eye flight. It had been an exhausting trip from Honduras, not to mention the emotional distress of the … More The Red Eye Flight Home
“In places of Washington D.C., where tourists rarely visit, a quiet epidemic is raging. At least 3% of residents–more than 20,000 people–suffer from HIV and AIDS. According to the Washington Post, the HIV incidence rate in D.C. is on par with Uganda and Kenya.” This is the opening line to Living Lutheran Magazine’s centerfold article … More Living Lutheran Magazine Features LSS/NCA
“As federal, state and local authorities deal with the influx of nearly 60,000 Central American children — and counting — who have crossed the border alone, one legal priority is to reunite the children with relatives in this country while their deportation cases proceed. But what happens to the unaccompanied immigrant children who have no … More Children Fleeing Homes to Find Hope
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
Did you know that 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV and youth, ages 13-24 make up about 1 in 4 new infections? This infographic details other shocking statistics about HIV/AIDS and how you can help give a childhood back to the children who are affected by HIV/AIDS .
Did you know that with one more foster family, LSS/NCA could provide a home for nearly 25 additional children over the course of five years? Here is an infographic with a few more statistics you may not have considered and information on how you can help children who are seeking a home and family.