Foster Care

Organization: Latin American Youth Center

LAYC’s 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.*

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.
Application: Call or walk in for more information.
Service Category: Care
Service Eligibility: Latinx Families

LAYC - DC Safe Drop-in Center
3045 15th Street, NW Washington DC 20009

(202) 713-0475


Cindy Abello


Family Resource Specialist


[email protected]