Project Connect is the only program in the District of Columbia that works with the Child and Family Services Agency to keep children safe and strengthen families by supporting parents to achieve a substance-free lifestyle.  Project Connect team members, including social workers, a registered nurse, parent educator, and clinical manager; provide services to the family for one year.  Project Connect works with families whose children are currently in the home and families whose children are in out of home placements.  Families in Ward 7 & Ward 8 receive services through Catholic Charities.

What Services do Families Receive?

  • Intensive, home-based clinical and case management services
  • Substance abuse assessment and monitoring
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Family assessment and counseling
  • Nursing assessments for children ages 0-3 years old
  • Parent Education
  • Assistance with transportation to address barriers identified that impede a substance-free lifestyle
  • Court advocacy
  • Parenting groups
  • Linkage to community resources, e.g. substance use treatment programs, mental health, health care, child care, housing supports, etc.

Who is eligible?

  • Families involved with CFSA
  • Families who have an identified substance abuse problem that impacts parenting
  • Families with  children in out of home placement with an established goal of reunification or have children reunified with the family under protective supervision; children who are in the home with any type of CFSA involvement

Who can make a referral?

CFSA social workers and private child welfare agency social workers can make referrals to: