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At last week’s ANC 8D meeting, Angela English of D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency reminded residents how city agencies work together to provide a safety net for children. English first spoke about the dire need for foster care and gave her agency’s hot line number for people to call when they suspect child abuse. Then she answered questions. A man who works at a D.C. recreation center asked what to do when parents repeatedly “forget” to pick up their kids. English told him to call the Metropolitan Police Department. Another woman asked what to do when she sees kids skipping school. English told her to call D.C. Public Schools. The room had fallen silent when a grade-schooler named Lisa raised her hand with one last question. “Yes, sweetheart?” English asked. “What if you are in the classroom and the kids be bad?” Lisa inquired. “That,” English replied, “is what Ms. Teacher is for.” —Annys Shin