DC Family Policy Seminars
The mission of the The DC Family Policy Seminar (DCFPS) was to provide accurate, relevant, nonpartisan, timely information and policy options concerning issues affecting children and families to the District of Columbia from 1993-2000.
The Policy Seminars focused on the impacts of a wide range of social and economic issues on families. Seminar topics reflected the recommendation of local officials, activists, researchers, and DC FPS fellows. Each seminar included presentations by leading researchers and expert practitioners, followed by a discussion period in which participants share their knowledge and concerns regarding issues specific to the District. Participants included officials and staff members from the Mayor's office, the City Council, other government and nonprofit agencies, and members of the research and advocacy communities.
What is a DCFPS Briefing Report?
From 1993-2000, DCFPS produced 25 briefing reports on a wide
variety of issues that affected children and families in the District of
Columbia. Each background report summarized the essentials on the topic.
It provided an introduction to some of the key components of the issue,
discussed federal and local efforts to address the issue, presents policy
options, and listed local and national organizations working in the field.
The briefing reports ranged from 20-30 pages in length.
What is a DCFPS Highlights paper?
Following each seminar, DCFPS prepared a summary of the panelists'
presentations and the question and answer period.
To obtain Briefing Reports or Highlights:
1) View an abstract of individual Briefing Reports.
2) Download a Briefing Report. The publications are saved as .pdf
- Sign 'em Up: Strategies to Enroll Eligible Children in DC Healthy
Families - May, 2000.
- Reconnecting DC Families: Involving Low-Income
Families in the Lives of Their Children - February,
- Do School-Based Mental Health Services Make Sense? - November, 1999.
- Out-of-School Time Activities: Can Programs Help Families and Can
Families Help Program? - May, 1999.
- Quality Housing for All: Family and Community-Led Initiatives - February, 1999.
- Educating with Peers: Others Do - Should You? - November,
- Saving Our Schools: Would Vouchers Create
New Solutions or New Problems? - April, 1998.
- Finding Families: DC's Foster Family Deficit
- February, 1998.
- Building the Future: Strategies to Serve
Immigrant Families in the District - October, 1997.
- Diverting Children from Crime: Family-Centered,
Community-Based Strategies for Prevention - May, 1997.
- The Child Care Crisis in the District of
Columbia: Can (or should) Businesses fill the Gap? - March, 1997.
- Feeding our Families: Community Food Security
in the District of Columbia - November, 1996.
- Keeping our Kids Safe: Preventing Injury
in DC Public Schools - September, 1996.
- Fundraising for Family-Centered Organizations
in the District - July, 1996.
- Strengthening Families: Parenting Programs
and Policies in the District - April, 1996.
- Transitioning from Welfare-to-Work in the
District: A Family-Centered Perspective - February, 1996.
- Helping Families and Schools Get It Done:
Mentoring Interventions in the District - November, 1995.
- Caring for our Children: Meeting the Needs
of Low-Income, Working Families in the District - September,
- Families that Play Together: Recreation and
Leisure in the District - July, 1995.
- HIV/AIDS: Helping Families Cope - April,
- Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
Programs: A Family Approach - February, 1995.
- Family-Friendly Welfare Reform: Using Welfare
Policies to Strengthen the Family - November, 1994.
- Preventing Family Violence - September,
- Preventing Adolescent Violence in the District
of Columbia - May, 1994.
- Integrating Services for Preventing Teen
Pregnancies - December, 1993.