Child Welfare

On any given day in the metropolitan Washington region, nearly 2,000 children are living outside of their birth homes in foster care. Almost a third of these children will not go home and instead must wait for someone to adopt them.

COG’s Child Welfare Program helps finds loving homes for these foster children. COG works with local and state child welfare agencies to bolster foster and adoptive parent recruitment and retention initiatives through its Kids Need Families online resource and the Families Like Yours Campaign. COG  partners with NBC4 Washington on Wednesday’s Child, a television segment that features children who are waiting in foster care to be adopted. For youth who have aged out or are at risk of aging out of foster care, COG has launched the Trailblazer Project which provides critical support to students attending college, university or trade school.

COG's child welfare technical committees provide a platform for this work, supporting local governments in the region through technical assistance and providing a gathering place to discuss and track trends in foster care and adoption.

You can support COG’s adoption and foster care programs through a tax-deductible, charitable donation. 


News & Multimedia

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    COG Honors 2016 Foster Parents of the Year

    May 11, 2016

    Foster parents from 10 jurisdictions across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia were honored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments...

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    NBC 4 Features Charles County Foster Parents of the Year

    May 27, 2015

    In May, the COG Board recognized the 2015 Foster Parents of the Year for opening their hearts and homes to children in need. The honorees from Charles County,...

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    Council of Governments Honors 2015 Foster Parents of the Year

    May 15, 2015

    Outstanding foster parents from 10 jurisdictions around metropolitan Washington were honored May 13 by the COG Board of Directors as the region’s 2015 Foster...

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    The PicMe Project: COG's Newest Foster Care Adoption Initiative

    November 4, 2014

    November is National Adoption Month. It is an annual campaign to increase public awareness of the half million children who are waiting to be adopted from...

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    PicMe Project Joins in Celebrating November as National Adoption Month

    November 3, 2014

    The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is re-launching a photo project to highlight and find loving homes for teenagers in foster care across...

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    COG Child Welfare Program, Foster Parents featured on NBC4's Viewpoint

    June 6, 2014

    COG’s Child Welfare Manager Kamilah Bunn and Arlington County Foster Parents of the Year, Ben and Shira Simon, appeared on NBC4’s public affairs talkshow,...

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    2014 Foster Parents of the Year Honored by COG Board, Local Agencies

    May 14, 2014

    The 2014 Foster Parents of the Year for metropolitan Washington were honored at the Council of Governments May Board meeting for their commitment to their...

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