In FY 2010, there were 189 adoptions in D.C., 130 of which arose out of neglect or foster care.

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Aminate on Being a Blessing

Everyone calls me 'Ma,' even the older folks, because I am a giver. I feed the hungry and help ...

Graylin on Doing Something

Eventually Mrs. Jones stepped down, and was looking for nominations for a new president. I just...

Isaac on Getting the Best and Worst of D.C.

I made a decision to leave the neighborhood and never move back after my sister was murdered in...

Sarita on Moving on

That last lock up was a real trip. You would not believe who my bunkmate was? Martha Stewart! I...

David on Being a Teenage Father

While I am happy about this baby, in the back of my head, I do think about what my life would b...

Ann on Being a Korean Export

My husband is over six feet and I am under five feet. I said, I can't marry you. You are too ta...

Donte on Being D.C.’s Ambassador to Street Dancing

I'll tell you, it's hard dancing in D.C. I don't mean that it's hard to do or nothing like that...

Sidra on Raising Your Kids Right

I tell you, Southeast ain't nothing but corruption. I don't want to live or raise my children h...

Washington Through the Eyes of HD Woodson’s Students

Over a four week period, I brought People's District into Ms. Ajueyitsi's classroom at H.D. Woo...

Termaie on Giving Washington to His Kids

Today, I am taking my two older boys to their first real baseball practice. They have played T-...

Damond on How Dogs Help Build Community

I see how much different things are for me now that I have a dog. Day-to-day, we, as citizens, ...

Rose on Being Where She Wants to Be

All of my life, I have lived in Anacostia and I couldn’t live nowhere else. This is my home. ...

Jack on Selling Cheese

"With time, I have gotten pretty good at knowing when someone is going to buy, or if they are j...

J on Streetball

Now, I'm a point guard on my high school team. I learned a lot playing organized ball, but out ...

Sandy on Playing a Part in Something Bigger

In D.C., I have gone in directions I never thought I would go into with costume design, like wo...

Melvin on Filling Nothingness with Hope

Everyday, I deal with so many young people of color who have not been bred. They were born, but...

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