You can make a difference for a child in foster care.



November 2nd // 12:30-5:00 PM // Washington Convention Center

Every child deserves a loving and stable home. There are 1,300 children in DC’s foster care system, three hundred waiting for adoptive families, and thousands more across Maryland and Virginia. The good news? There’s something you can do about it.

On November 2nd the National Council For Adoption and DC127 invite you to Foster the City, a FREE, one-day, citywide event where you can learn more about making a difference in the life of a child living in foster care . Listen to inspiring speakers, ranging from national experts to ordinary people showing extraordinary love and sacrifice, and whose lives have been changed as result of their involvement on this critical issue. Choose one of four workshop tracks, specially tailored to your interests. Connect with others who are also in the process of thinking through how to take the next step.

Foster the City is about EVERYONE finding their role.

You heard us, everyone. Whether it is through providing support for a family, mentoring, mobilizing your community, or fostering and adopting, you have a role to play in ensuring that every child in foster care is supported and cared for. Check back often for the latest information, including speakers, workshops, and other special events! Foster the City is a special initiative of the National Council For Adoption and DC127.

FREE CHILDCARE: Bring the kids along to Foster the City! Our KidZone will be available free of charge for all children ages 1-10 while parents are attending sessions. We’ll have games, crafts, and yes, even two moon-bounces! Please be sure to register your child, including age, allergies, and special instructions. For any questions you can email us at

Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Entrance on L St between 7th & 9th.
Foster the City will be in the south building in Room 207 on the second floor.
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center (Yellow & Green lines)
Parking: Parking lots and street parking available. Click here for more information on parking and directions.


Fostering & Adopting // Mentoring // Support // Advocacy & Mobilization

Fostering & AdoptingTRACK ONE

Track Color: Navy
  • fostering
  • Description: Whether you just want to learn more or are ready to sign up today, come learn more about foster care. Hear both about why children enter foster care and what they experience, and the process and requirements for being a foster parent. You’ll also hear about how others can and will support you as a foster parent. There will also be a time for you to ask your questions and learn what next steps you should take.
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MentoringTRACK TWO

Track Color: Light Blue
  • mentor
  • Description: This track is for those who are interested in being a stable adult in a child’s life but aren’t in a place to be their guardian or parent. A mentorship role can have a life-changing impact on a child, and even continues when a child in foster care changes homes. You have the opportunity to play a stable, guiding role in the life of a child who sees a lot of change. You will learn more about the importance of supporting a child in care and opportunities to mentor, provide short-term housing, and to be there for a child who could use a friend.
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Track Color: Pink
  • support
  • Description: We all know it takes a village to raise a child. No parent could do what they do without the help of babysitters, family, and friends – and this doesn’t change for families in foster care, it just might look a little different. This track is for folks who want to be involved in caring for children in foster care, but aren’t in the place to play a stable role in a child’s life. Learn about the valuable role you can play as a babysitter, support role for a family, or a volunteer for the organizations who work with children in foster care.
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Advocacy & MobilizationTRACK FOUR

Track Color: Green
  • advocacy
  • Description: You’re a big picture person. You can get a group of people together and lead the charge. This track is for you. This track will discuss how to mobilize your church or community around supporting children in care, and why foster care issues need community mobilization. We’ll also direct you to organizations focused on advocacy and policy issues surrounding foster care and adoption.
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Foster the City is made possible by the generous support of and cooperation with these groups