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Testimony: Confirmation Hearing for the Director of CFSA 2015

Executive Director Judith Sandalow testified on priorities for the new director of the DC Child and Family Services Agency.

These include:

  • Management of in-home cases where the agency determined children could safely remain in their parents’ care with appropriate support and monitoring. The agency should provide services to these families to strengthen parenting skills and keep children safe.
  • More foster parents are needed for the more than 1,000 kids in CFSA care.
  • Older foster youth who age out of the system need help transitioning. Currently, more than two-thirds of youth aging out of care at age 21 are unemployed.
  • The new CFSA director must collaborate with partners inside and outside the government to help our most vulnerable families recover from crises.


Read our full testimony below.