Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) was formed in 1998 to respond to the needs of at-risk families and children in Northwest DC. With support from the D.C. child welfare agency, then under receivership, GAFSC engaged residents, conducted needs assessments and developed a governance body in the target areas. In 2002, the Collaborative became a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. GAFSC is one of five Healthy Families Thriving Communities (HFTC) Collaboratives in the District of Columbia. Although these nonprofit organizations focus primarily on their communities and therefore are Ward-based, we work collectively to plan programs and services, advocate for low-income families, and implement and maintain common practice standards.

Our Mission. Our Purpose.

The Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) mission is to support children, youth and families to become healthy, empowered and connected in a multi-cultural community. We envision a diverse community where individuals and families prosper, are invested, are self-reliant and live safe and healthy lives. 

Our direct work with families focuses on building protective factors in parents and children, and our community capacity building work increases the skills, knowledge and advocacy ability of residents and partners and strengthens the safety net. This dual approach contributes to family wellbeing that can be sustained over time with minimal dependence on formal service providers.  All our programs are focused on better outcomes for youth and their families.

Make Mental Health and Well-being for All a Global Priority

The World Health Organization has declared this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day, “Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority”. Far too often, the norm of society is to place more attention on physical health, despite the countless number of...

The Discovering Me Scholarship Essay Contest

Each year Esther Productions, Inc. presents cash prizes for the best essay written by teen girls, ages 13 through 18, who are facing the challenge of father absence.What’s your story? Using between 750-1,500 words, tell us how you have handled growing up without your...

Katrina Y. Coates Joins the GAFSC as Chief Program Officer

Katrina Y. Coates, LICSW, joined Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) as Chief Program Officer (CPO) on Monday, October 3, 2022. In her new role, Katrina is responsible for establishing a strategic vision and guiding philosophy that will inform short-...

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The “Day of Unity” soon evolved into a week, and in October of 1987, the first National Domestic Violence...

GAFSC CEO Karen Feinstein Announces Her Retirement

From the Desk of Dexter L. Pearson, Board Chair On behalf of the Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) Board of Directors, I announce the retirement of Karen Feinstein, LICSW, from the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GAFSC, effective...

The Family Services Program

The Family Services Program provides community-based child welfare services that use the Protective Factors Framework and Motivational Interviewing to strengthen families. Services in this program include family support, case management, information and referral,...

Naloxone (Narcan) Distribution

Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) has been certified to manage and operate an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program through a Standing Order signed by Dr. Nancy Black, Interim Chief Medical Officer, Department of Behavioral Health (DBH).  This standing...

Upcoming Events

The Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) is actively engaged within our local community as well as in the District at large, providing support to those in need and participating in events that encourage community involvement and growth.

See a quick view of upcoming events in our area that you might be interested in participating in and be sure to check out the Community Events section of our site for even more event details and information. We look forward to meeting you there!