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Family Support

When families are supported in their homes and communities, their children can better focus and thrive in school. That’s why DC offers the following supports for families:
Family Success Centers:
If you live in Wards 5, 7, or 8, visit one of the DC Child and Family Services Agency’s Family Success Centers to be connected to resources around parenting, workforce development, food security, mental health, and more.  
Grandparent Caregiver Program: caregivers-program  
Are you a District resident who’s raising your grandchild, great-grandchild, great-niece, or great-nephew? You may qualify for the Grandparent Caregiver Program. For residents who are raising other kin within the District, you may qualify for the Close Relatives Caregiver Program. For those eligible, the programs provide monthly financial assistance to help you care for the child related to and living with you. Email: [email protected] or Call: (202) 442-6009. 
DC Special Education Hub:  
The DC Special Education Hub helps families understand special education in the District of Columbia by connecting them with the tools, information, and support they need to make informed decisions to guide their child’s learning.  
Career Coach DC:  
Parent, grandparent, or caregiver who needs support figuring out your next step? Recent graduate looking for a job? The Career Coach DC program offers coaching services to help DC residents who are 18 and older with employment and education success. Residents can connect with Career Coach DC and sign-up for virtual, in-person, or hybrid services by registering online at, calling (202) 989-1002, or emailing [email protected].

DCPS Mental Health Website:

With a goal of decreasing barriers to school success by providing students, school staff, and families with tools that promote academic and psychosocial growth and progress, DC Public Schools has launched a
new website dedicated to student mental health. For mental health resources including a provider directory, events calendar, and articles on mental health, special education, and parenting strategies, visit

DBH School Based Behavioral Health Program:

The Department of Behavioral Health operates a school based program in public and public charter schools that offers prevention, early intervention and clinical services to youth, their families, school teachers, and staff. Visit to learn more about who your school’s mental health clinician is or contact Meghan Sullivan by phone at (202) 673-4307 or by email at [email protected].


The Parent and Adolescent Support Services Program (PASS) assists youth up to 17 years old who are skipping school, leaving home, violating curfew, and/or experiencing extreme family conflict. Intensive case management, Functional Family Therapy, and community-based services are used to address these behaviors and improve family relationships. Email: [email protected] or call: (202) 698-4334.

24/7 Mental Health Hotline:

The Department of Behavioral Health operates a 24/7 Mental Health Hotline to provide free counseling and support to residents. Residents are encouraged to contact the Mental Health Hotline at (888) 793-4357 to talk with a trained mental health specialist if they’re feeling depressed, anxious, or just not themselves. Families experiencing a mental health crisis can also contact the District’s suicide prevention and crisis services lifeline by dialing 988.


Through the Department of Behavioral Health’s ChAMPS program (Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Service), a mobile team will come to a family’s home to support and stabilize children and youth ages 6-18 facing a behavioral health crisis. Call ChAMPS at (202) 481-1440.

Healthy Teachers DC:

A new virtual platform aimed at supporting educator wellness across the District of Columbia. Educators come together to discuss and find support for stressors, share strategies for supporting wellness, and engage in experiential wellness activities. Workshops are held virtually every first Wednesday of the month, with a choice of 1 pm – 1:45 pm or 4 pm – 4:45 pm. Educators can access the session by visiting and using the password: HTDC.