Family Success Centers Will Provide DC Families With Local Access To Support

December 17, 2019
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D.C. Child and Family Services will become more accessible.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new initiative Monday that will create 10 family success centers in Wards 7 and 8.

Each center will provide families with "primary prevention services and neighborhood-driven resources to increase protective factors, mitigate trauma and help families thrive," according to a press release.

Four million dollars will be invested in bilding and facilitating centers in the following locations:

Ward 7:

  • Benning Terrace/Benning Park
  • Clay Terrace
  • Mayfair/Paradise
  • Stoddart Terrace/37th
  • Benning & Minnesota

Ward 8:

  • Woodland Terrace
  • Anacostia
  • Congress Heights
  • Washington Highlands
  • Bellevue

The services that will be provided at each center will be part of the launch of Families First DC.

"Through Families First DC, we can hear directly from families about the challenges they’re facing, and connect them to a wide range of services and programs,”Mayor Bowser said. “These ten Family Success Centers represent our commitment to making every neighborhood in DC a place where families and children can thrive.”

DC Child and Family Services will lead the services and centers are set to open by October 2020.

“Families First DC is a major part of the next evolution of the District’s city-wide prevention services that will focus further upstream to work with families before they enter a time of crisis," CFSA Director Brenda Donald said. “Through the Family Success Centers and the neighborhood-centric, integrated government services and programs they will offer, we’re going to build on family and community strengths and increase our ability to meet their complex, interconnected needs.”

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