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Dawn Teo
Dawn is the Executive Director of the Foster Children's Rights Coalition, which brings together social workers, child lawyers, mental health professionals, foster parents, and other advocates to work for the rights of foster children.

Dawn started blogging for Huffington Post mid 2008 when she covered Arizona elections throughout the primaries and the general election. She also traveled to Denver for HuffPost to cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention. As the HuffPost Arizona Politics Reporter, Dawn provided reliable outside-the-beltway political coverage with particular focus on Arizona politics as well as the Tea Party movement. Dawn was also the Editor for hyper-local newspaper Gateway Reporter, which covered the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek communities in Arizona. Dawn has been involved in academic research in the areas of psychology, politics, and public opinion.

Dawn spent fifteen years in corporate management and more than a decade working in pubic advocacy. Dawn worked as the Public Relations Director for a national advocacy campaign campaign, leading a 2004 tour across battleground states to increase awareness of economic justice issues. Dawn spent a decade consulting with nonprofits, helping them implement web advocacy programs and achieve strategic communications objectives.

Dawn was raised in the hills of Tennessee and has since lived all over the country. She and her husband currently reside in Arizona. They are small business owners and run a small manufacturing facility where every product is made in the USA.

Entries by Dawn Teo

9 Things Foster Parents Need to Know Before Writing to the Judge

(4) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 1:00 PM

Before writing to the judge, foster parents need to know a few things to give the letter the best chance of being taken seriously by the judge (and not being "thrown out" of court).

1. You are allowed to write to the judge.

Many foster parents do not know that...

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The 10 Most Surprising Things About Foster Care

(67) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 4:40 PM

1. Foster care is all around us.

I saw a tweet once from a radio personality that asked, "When I go to a foster parent training, why am I the only one who doesn't look like he's going to a monster truck rally?"

When my husband and I got licensed...

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My Teen Daughter Asked for 17,000 Shoes: Why I Said Yes

(216) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:18 PM

This past November, my husband and I adopted our Mackenzie from foster care. She was only six months away from her 18th birthday and had spent more than half her life in the care of the state.

"Mom, we need to do something to show people the magnitude of...

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99% in DC: We Deserve to Be Heard

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 1:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of protesters have descended on Capitol Hill to bring attention to the inequalities between the bottom 99 and the top 1 percent of Americans. Much of the media coverage has talked about the income inequalities, but those who stormed congressional offices and powerful K Street offices this...

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"Watch List" of FL Citizen Activists Distributed at AR GOP Congressional Town Hall

(43) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 7:33 PM

Staffers of at least one Congressional office, Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), distributed "homework" to Congressional town hall attendees in the form of a "watch list" that features photographs, personal information and pointed questions about six activists who are constituents of Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), each of whom was openly critical...

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Dept. of Defense Planning Large-Scale Integration of Electric Vehicles

(33) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 2:50 PM

The Department of Defense (DOD) is at the genesis of large-scale integration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) into its non-tactical ground fleet as part of federal government efforts toward expanding usage of alternative fuel vehicles.

The DOD has identified certain segments of the non-tactical fleet that are "ripe for achieving...

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SB1070 Goes to U.S. Supreme Court, SB1070 Author to Be Recalled

(16) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 9:44 PM

After drafting Arizona's controversial new immigration law SB1070 last year, Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce held the spotlight and became the anti-immigration poster boy in Arizona and across the nation. One year later, Pearce is on the verge of being recalled, and his pet legislation, SB1070, has...

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AZ Legislature: Kicking a Guy When He's Dead

(310) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 3:52 PM

Both chambers of the Arizona legislature have passed a bill that, if signed by Governor Jan Brewer (R), would remove the name Balbir Singh Sodhi from Arizona's 9/11 memorial and sell his plaque for scrap metal.

Sodhi was shot to death four days after 9/11 by a man who later...

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Mexican Court Issues Injunction Against Documentary About Court Corruption

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 2:36 PM

In the two weeks since its release in Mexican theaters, Presumed Guilty (Presunto Culpable), a documentary about Mexican judicial corruption, has shocked moviegoers, broken box office records, and as of this morning, been ordered out of theaters by a Mexican judge.

Presumed Guilty is the effort of Lawyers with Cameras,...

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"A Good Way To Get Rid Of Dems"

(20) Comments | Posted January 9, 2011 | 12:42 PM

PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- A friend of an old friend on Facebook this weekend characterized Saturday's shooting as, "a good way to get rid of Democrats." How did American political discourse ever reach a point where something like this could be said just hours after a mass shooting that killed members...

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Hayworth Robocalls AZ Republicans In McCain Senate Race

(9) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 6:25 PM

PHOENIX, AZ -- Ex-Rep. JD Hayworth began using robocalls Friday in anticipation of his upcoming announcement that he will be running against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the Arizona Republican primary for 2010. The candidates have been ramping up for a fierce, no-holds-barred primary challenge, and the mud-slinging is already...

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JD Hayworth Resigns: Tea Party Talk Show Host Will Run Against McCain

(829) Comments | Posted January 23, 2010 | 12:42 AM

PHOENIX, AZ -- After months of speculation that popular talk show host and former Rep. JD Hayworth might challenge Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for his senate seat, Hayworth took the first concrete step by resigning from his talk radio show Friday night. Later, he told reporters that he is not...

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Protest Against America's Toughest Sheriff Turns Violent in Arizona

(2110) Comments | Posted January 16, 2010 | 5:38 PM

PHOENIX, AZ -- A peaceful march for immigrant rights turned violent Saturday after a small number of protesters allegedly threw water bottles and rocks. The march was organized by a coalition of immigrant rights groups and drew several thousand to protest the strict immigration enforcement practices...

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Sheriff Arpaio Subject of Federal Grand Jury Inquiry

(429) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 12:59 PM

PHOENIX, AZ -- Two high level Maricopa County officials and at least three sheriff's officials have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to testify against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

County Manager David Smith and Deputy Manager Sandi Wilson have already met with U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and...

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McCain Senate Re-Election Race Already Getting Ugly

(544) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM

PHOENIX, AZ -- Talk-radio host, Tea Partier, and former House member J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) hasn't even filed to run against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the Republican senate primary, but both sides have already gone on the offensive. Even while still in the hypothetical stage, this race has already escalated...

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Sheriff Arpaio Incites Widespread Anger for implicating Judges In Alleged Conspiracy

(213) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 12:02 PM

PHOENIX, AZ -- On Monday at a quarter past noon, local lawyers will convene on the Central Courthouse steps to demonstrate against Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the chief prosecutor of the fourth most populous county in the country.

Thomas, along with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, filed a suit...

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Top Arizona Republican Accused of Using Voter Database to Stalk Woman

(203) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 1:58 PM

PHOENIX, AZ -- More misconduct has been alleged against Arizona Republican Party executive director Brett Mecum, who is now the subject of a criminal complaint alleging he used the Republican's voter database to stalk a young female graduate student.

The affidavit, filed last month with the local sheriff's office,...

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Sheriff Arpaio Indicts Political Opponents While Feds Investigate Arpaio

(575) Comments | Posted December 12, 2009 | 6:49 PM

PHOENIX, AZ -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio, famous for his aggressive prosecution of illegal immigrants, has become mired this week in a whirlwind of back-and-forth accusations, investigations, indictments, arrests, and general animosity between warring factions of local politicos in Maricopa County, the fifth largest county in the country. Disputes have become...

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Anatomy Of The Tea Party Movement

(659) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit

The Tea Party movement has gained national prominence for leading organized protests against big government. But the movement itself is far from a cohesive group of supporters. No less than eight separate and sometimes competing organizations make up the...

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Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement:

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit

Tea Partiers are famous for their raucous protests during the August Congressional recess. They screamed, yelled, stomped and railed against health care reform via town hall meetings and protests across the country.

Most of the August Tea Party activity was...

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