The concept: be there for the neediest kids in the child welfare system … for the long haul. For the DC foster youth in its care, Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (“safe places, linked hearts” in the West African language of Akan) is often the most consistent home they have known. After school and for six weeks during the summer, FAN provides a safe place where 30 foster kids ages 9-18 engage in mentoring, academic and enrichment activities, and volunteer opportunities – but most importantly, experience consistent care from loving adults. For high school students, professional internships and workshops in career and leadership development lay a foundation for the future. And once they graduate (as 80% of participants do, compared with 42% of foster youth citywide), alumni ages 18-24 stay connected through social gatherings and ongoing support, including targeted case management to promote success in work, college, and life. Caregivers, too, find community at FAN, which works to strengthen and stabilize family relationships. Want to have a deep impact where it’s needed most? This is the place.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 8; Congress Heights ; Anacostia

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Awards & Recognition

May 2, 2015 FSFSC (Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative) Award Recipient for Outstanding Administration of a Mini-Grant


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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) is: Less than $500k

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