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Gary Stangler
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In May 2001, Gary Stangler began as Executive Director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, an initiative created by Casey Family Programs and the Annie E. Casey Foundation to leverage resources and public will to help youth in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood. Prior to joining the Initiative, Stangler served as the director of Missouri's Department of Social Services for eleven years. Appointed by Gov. John Ashcroft (R) in 1989, he was reappointed by Gov. Mel Carnahan (D) in 1993. He began his career in the Department of Social Services in 1980 and worked his way up the ranks. He has also served on the board of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) from 1994-1998 and, on several occasions, testified before Congress on foster care, indigent health care, and family preservation. Stangler also serves on the board of The Center for the Study of Social Policy, is a fellow with the Center for Family and Policy Research at the University of Missouri - Columbia, and has received numerous awards, including the Lewis Hine Award for service to children. Stangler is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia and the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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National Foster Care Awareness Month

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 4:52 PM

At the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, we have the great privilege of working side by side with young people who have been in foster care. We have all heard young people say that they just wanted to be "normal" while they were in foster care. Establishing "normalcy" means that...

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Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 11:45 AM

It is heartbreakingly difficult to read the New York Times series on kids living on the streets -- especially during the holidays, when we are all celebrating with our loved ones in our homes. Sadly, recent studies confirm our observation that homelessness among young people is on...

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Antwone Fisher's Story Shows Why Young People in Foster Care Deserve a Better Path

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:07 AM

Ten years ago, the movie Antwone Fisher opened in theaters across the country, revealing, for the first time to many, the challenges young adults in our foster care system face. Earlier this year, I had the honor of testifying before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee alongside Antwone Fisher...

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Aging Out of Foster Care: The Costs of Doing Nothing Affect Us All

(20) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 12:59 PM

As parents, we know that our role in our children's lives goes far beyond providing them with the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. We also nurture and guide them, and as they grow older we expose them to new experiences and opportunities, encourage them to succeed in school, develop...

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Learning the Value of Money, From Inside the Foster Care System

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 9:10 AM

The financial crisis may have at least one silver lining. A new survey by TD Ameritrade shows that young people who watched their parents deal with the difficult economy have taken the value of money to heart: Three in four young people said they think saving money is...

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Finding Hope after Trauma: The Remarkable Recovery of the Adolescent Brain

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 10:09 PM

Young people who have experienced trauma are extraordinarily resilient. Whether it's a child in a homeless shelter who discovers the joy of reading or newly minted college graduates who overcame poverty - their ability to recover from traumatic events is nothing short of remarkable.

Nowhere is this...

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