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Things Getting Better in Foster Care? Not So Fast!

Michael Piraino | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Since the recession began, our advocates have been concerned that, as in past recessions, the number of children coming into care would initially decrease, but for the wrong reasons.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Beyond the Conversation

Michael Piraino | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Child sexual abuse is often undisclosed by the child and unreported by adults when they do become aware of it. Why is this? There are a number of reasons.

Why Affordable Care Act Is Good News For Former Foster Youth

Michael Piraino | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Every year, some 26,000 young people who live in foster homes or group homes turn 18 (or in some states, 21) and "age out" of the system. Gone is any consistent, responsible adult presence or guidance. Gone is their health care coverage.

Thanks to All the Dads and Near-Dads

Michael Piraino | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

In thinking about fatherhood on Fathers Day, I thank all those men, biological or adoptive dads or father figures, who through their involvement have been lifting up new generations of young people so they can grow into the kind of responsible and interesting adults I see in my sons.

The Violence Against Women Act Helps Children, Too

Michael Piraino | Posted 06.27.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Children who grow up in abusive homes can become healthy adults. They need positive role models, therapy and support. Fortunately, there are systems and programs in place to help these children. Some are funded through the Violence Against Women Act.

Have We Lost Our Moral Compass? Why Eliminate the Victims of Child Abuse Act?

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.23.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Surely, our country's leaders did not intentionally pull the rug out from under hundreds of thousands of children. I have to believe the elimination of funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act was an error.