If You Are in High School
If you are 15-17 and in high school, the CFSA Office Well Being and your social worker will work with you to explore career opportunities.
If You Are Out of High School
The CFSA Office of Youth Empowerment (OYE) Career Pathways Unit provides vocational and employment services to youth 18-20 who have graduated from high school or received their GED.
For details on CFSA employment support services and resources, please click here.
Office of Youth Empowerment (OYE) Career Pathways Unit: Provides vocational and employment services to youth 18-20 who have graduated from high school or received their GED. They will help you whether you are planning to attend college or if you are not currently pursuing a college education.
Career Pathways Staff:
Sabrina Dawson, Career Pathways Unit Supervisor, Sabrina.firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 727-7935- Employment/Vocational Training Issues
Thon Chol, Vocational Specialist, Thon.Chol@dc.gov (202) 727-7500- Customer Service, Cosmetology and Job Readiness
Alysia Spence, Vocational Specialist, Alysia.email@example.com (202) 727-7786- Youth Aging out of Foster Care
Yvonne Parker, Vocational Specialist, Yvonne.firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 727-7500- Medical Field
Kristopher Turner, Vocational Specialist, Kristopher.email@example.com (202) 727-7500- Fire, Police, EMT, Military Transportation
OYE Leadership Staff:
Sarah Thankachan, OYE Administrator, Sarah.Thankachan@dc.gov (202) 442-6174 –General Older Youth Issues
Nadya Richberg, Social Work Program Manager, Nadya.firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 727-7376- General Older Youth Issues
Tanya Trice, Social Work Program Manager, Tanya.Trice@dc.gov (202) 727-7461- General Older Youth Issues
You can also contact:
- Your Social Worker-your social worker’s email address is usually their email@example.com if they are from CFSA but it might be different if your case is managed by an outside agency (Lutheran Services, Boys Town, etc.). For assistance please contact OYE staff Tanya Trice or Nadya Richberg (contact information above).
- Your Guardian Ad Litem (GAL): All foster youth are assigned a GAL through the Children’s Law Center or the DC Superior Court Child Abuse and Neglect Attorney Practitioners (DC CCAN Panel)—see contact information below.
- CFSA Youth Ombudsman: “Yo BUD” If you are 14 years old and older you can contact the CFSA Youth Ombudsman when you are having issues with your placement Fasion Maxwell, Youth Ombudsman/Youth Plugs Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 246-9364 or (202) 727-7324
Department of Employment Services-Office of Youth Programs—(LINK TO EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES-OFFICE OF YOUTH PROGRAMS PAGE)
Washingtonians for Children
About: Assist foster youth with completing high school, enrolling and succeeding in college and preparing for careers. They help youth in foster care to develop their own personal brands and connect youth with life coaches.
Address: 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW, 9th Floor Washington, D.C. 20001
Bus: X1, 97
Metro: Union Station Metro (Red) & Judiciary Square (Red)
Contact: Roque Gerald (email@example.com)
Children’s Law Center
About: CLC attorneys serve as Guardian ad Litems for youth in foster care. They advocate on behalf of the best interest of the child. They will help with an array of issues faced by youth in foster care such as placement or education.
Address: 616 H Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001
Bus: 70, 74, 79, 80, P6, X2
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red/Yellow/Green)
Contact: Christina Smith, Legal Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Phone: (202) 467-4900
DC Superior Court Child Abuse and Neglect Attorney Practitioners (DC CCAN)
About: Attorneys from the DC CCAN pan serve as Guardian ad Litems for youth in foster care. They advocate on behalf of the best interest of the child. They will help with an array of issues faced by youth in foster care such as placement or education. They can also be appointed “expressed interest” (the attorney will work on behalf of youths’ interests) attorney by a family court judge.
Address: DC Superior Court 500 Indiana Ave NW Room #4415, Washington, DC 20001
Bus: 13Y, D3, D6
Metro: Judiciary Square Station (Red) & Archives-Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Station (Yellow/Green)