Catholic Charities Transfers Foster Care to New Provider; Continues 82 Other Programs

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February 16, 2010

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington transitioned its foster care and public adoption program in the District of Columbia to the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) on February 1, 2010. Catholic Charities remains committed to continuing to serve the vulnerable of the District of Columbia through the 82 programs the agency operates in the region.

Although Catholic Charities has an 80-year legacy of high quality service to the vulnerable in our nation’s capital, the D.C. Government informed Catholic Charities that the agency would be ineligible to serve as a foster care provider due to the impending D.C. same sex marriage law.

This is the only program Catholic Charities anticipates will be impacted by the law.

With a priority on ensuring continuity of care for the foster families and children, Catholic Charities worked closely with D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to seamlessly transition the program to the NCCF. This transition includes seven staff, 43 children and their biological families, as well as 35 foster families. The transition was scheduled to coincide with the expiration of the current contract between Catholic Charities and CFSA.

“Foster care has been an important ministry for us for many decades. We worked very hard to be able to continue to provide these services in the District. We regret that our efforts to avoid this outcome were not successful. I am grateful to our dedicated staff and foster families who have been a part of our family. The difference each staff member and foster care parent makes for a child in need of a loving home is immeasurable. I am confident that NCCF will serve the children and families well,” said Ed Orzechowski, president and CEO of Catholic Charities.

About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington helps individuals and families in need living in Washington, DC, and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. Last year, more than 124,000 people received needed support related to housing, food, legal aid, physical and mental health, and other services, regardless of race, nationality and religion. This support is delivered by 82 programs in 60 geographically diverse locations with more than 4,500 staff and volunteers.

About The National Center for Children and Families: NCCF is a private, nonprofit agency committed to serving vulnerable children, youth, and families for over 95 years. NCCF’s residential programs serve homeless families, victims of domestic violence, and abused and neglected adolescents. Other programs include treatment foster care, supportive services for family stabilization in the community, transitional housing to promote independent living in the community, and prevention services to high risk youth in the national capital region.

Erik Salmi
Catholic Charities