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Innovative Program Reduces the Number of Children In Foster Care

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 11:07 AM

When children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care, it's because a decision has been made that their parents are currently unable to take care of them or unable to keep them safe. But even though those children are relocated to a safer environment with a foster...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Preventing Child Abuse Falls to us All

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 11:41 AM

The physical signs of child abuse aren't always obvious. Burns or bruises hidden under clothing, a haunted look in a child's eyes, the shying away from a casual touch - all too often they go unnoticed. But often, there are people around that child who recognize that something's not right....

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Home Is Everything for Children in Foster Care System

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 11:16 AM

When actress Sandra Bullock revealed in People Magazine that she adopted her second child from foster care, it was not only a demonstration of her love and support for that child, but a reminder to the rest of us about the more than 100,000 children in the United...

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A Special Gift for the Holidays: A Home and Family

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Picture yourself at home for the holidays, the smells of dinner coming from the kitchen, the sound of laughter throughout the house, family members on the sofa watching TV. Perhaps old friends are coming by for a visit - maybe gifts will be exchanged. You're surrounded by people who love...

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Teaching At-Risk Youth in Trauma-Sensitive Education Environment

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 2:39 PM

One of the most pressing education policy challenges our country currently faces is the persistently huge disparity in academic achievement between children growing up in poor, underserved communities and children in communities with the resources to meet their educational and recreational needs. That education gap is even wider for children...

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Empowering Youth in Child Welfare and Foster Care Through the Gift of Sleep-Away Camp

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:32 PM

Many readers have experienced the magic of summer camp--days spent basking in the sun, swimming and splashing around the pool or lake, playing sports, running around, making new friends, and enjoying beautiful summer nights around a campfire telling ghost stories. Those were the days we lived for as children and...

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We Can Save Foster Children Only by Educating Them

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:25 PM

When President Obama recognized May 2015 as National Foster Care Month, his Proclamation honored "those who dedicate themselves to making a difference." As the month draws to a close, those of us working in the foster care trenches need to take a hard look at where we are still failing...

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The "Aging Out" Dilemma Plaguing the Foster Care System

(19) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 8:55 AM

Imagine that because you've been abused or neglected as a child, you've spent the first 21 years of your life separated from your biological family, bouncing from one foster home to another and changing schools every few years. At 21-years-old, you have never paid rent, bought your own groceries or...

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