A deep dive into the "hidden foster care system"

This is a website about the work DC KinCare Alliance is doing to uncover the practice of "hidden foster care." DC KinCare is a non-profit organization that specializes in helping DC caregivers raise vulnerable children. I shine light on what "hidden foster care" is and how the Child and Family Services Agency takes advantage of marginalized communities. I am most proud of the my essay "closing the gaps in care" that show how the foster care system is a pipeline to incarceration that disproportionately affects African Americans. I thought my work with DC KinCare would stop after this class, but I have been moved by the work they are doing and am now interning for them. I am very passionate about foster care and adoption because I have two younger brothers who are adopted and my family has fostered four siblings. I am excited to continue working with DC KinCare and hope to educate more people on how harmful and unethical "hidden foster care" is.

Bella Burns, COL '26
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