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Child Abandonment

An Open Letter To The Dad Who Chose Me

Tawny Engleman | Posted 06.19.2016 | Women
Tawny Engleman

I had a father before you and he was my world. And as hard as it is for people to believe, I was his world as well. You see, people often talk about the bad dads who leave their little girls, but no one talks about the good ones, and I wish they would have.

A Very Sad Father's Day Tale

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2016 | Parents
Anthony Papa

On the train home after seeing my daughter Stephanie for the first time in many years I reflected on the situation. I realized that the reason I felt ...

My Daughter Had a Baby And I Don't Even Know Her Name

Anthony Papa | Posted 04.29.2016 | Books
Anthony Papa

During my imprisonment I had tried to commit suicide, been stuck with a knife, and was beat down with a pipe--but nothing hurt me more than my separat...

Every City Should Have a Baby Drop Box -- Love, An Adoptee

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Madeleine Melcher

I know it hurts your heart to believe it, but mothers do leave their babies. I am glad I was left somewhere safe. Can't we provide that option for all children? Don't we owe it to these tiny people who cannot do for themselves? If it only saved one life, wouldn't it be worth it?

The Hardest Part About Seeing My Sister's Sonogram

Anna Eldridge | Posted 03.14.2015 | Teen
Anna Eldridge

I was adopted from China as a healthy baby, and so the odds are pretty high that my gender led to me being orphaned. It makes me sad to think that in many parts of the world, a family's reaction to a daughter is, "Oh no! Not a girl!'"

Forgiving My Dad and Finding Myself

Jenni Bevill | Posted 02.16.2015 | Women
Jenni Bevill

My mind was swimming as we drove to the aiport. I was trying to process everything he was telling me against what I'd been told my entire life. I wanted to believe him, but there something I was missing... something more that needed to be said.

11 Good Pieces Of Advice For Anyone Who Has Ever Been Left

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Divorce

As anyone who has ever been broken up with knows, the feeling of abandonment can be crippling -- but it is in those moments that we feel our lowest we...

Helping Homeless LGBT Youth Find The Road To Home

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

They tell me of being forced to sell their bodies, of being beaten and raped. They tell me of being cold and terrified, of feeling unloved and driven to the brink of suicide.

Fatherlessness: The Presence of Dad's Absence

Fiona Teng | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Fiona Teng

Father's Day is particularly moving for me as I celebrate with those who get to brunch with their dads. Personally, the day is a reminder of the deep gratitude I hold for my dad's presence in my life.

The Rare Disorder That Forced This Dad To Give Up Custody Of His Adopted Daughter

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents

Reactive attachment disorder, or RAD, is a rare condition that renders young children incapable of making a connection with another person. It particu...

A Lesson From Philomena

Mark Roseman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Divorce
Mark Roseman

I intended to be one of just a handful of patrons attending a recent performance in Delray Beach, FL of the new BBC film, Philomena. Philomena. This f...

Homeless for the Holidays: Ending a Nation's Cruel Indifference to Homeless Youth (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

I have been talking with homeless kids from all over the country, asking them to help us understand what it means to be left on the streets, asking them to give witness to what they endure. I ask you to look into their traumatized eyes and listen with me to their heartbreaking testimonies.

'My Father Walked Out On Me'

| Posted 01.29.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

7 Re-affirming Things I Remember, in Pajamas

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.10.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Soon we'll be able to read with 3,000 children in need each year. These are exciting times with increasing support and new plans coming into fruition. But growth mode is scary too.

How Are Haiti and Bulgaria the Same?

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Child abandonment is about poverty and the desperation that ensues. Young women are not educated and able to make their own decisions. They are abused and used by men who are also uneducated, depressed, angry and powerless.

"When Young People Are Able to Process Their Emotions They Have More Time for Learning" - Principal Sporleder

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.10.2012 | New York
Michael Jascz

This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.

Mom Tried To Sell 4-Month-Old Baby In Newspaper Ad: Cops

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.25.2012 | Crime

A Texas mom is accused of trying to sell her 4-month-old baby in a newspaper classified ad. Cops arrested Brittany Hill, 26, on Friday after a woma...

Elena's Story: A Story on the Effects of Abandonment

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

To know Elena is to have the privilege to observe the effects of abandonment and recovery. I will tell you her story, but first I want you to know how she is beloved by her family today.

Assemblyman Proposes Legislation To Prevent More 'Garbage' Babies

Bed-Stuy, NY Patch | Paul Leonard | Email the Author | 6:00am | Posted 07.27.2011 | New York

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and District Attorney Charles Hynes joined law enforcement representatives Thursday morning to introduce a bill in Albany ...

Baby Found In Shoebox With Breathing Hole in Long Island

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

From NowPublic News Coverage An abandoned baby was found in a shoebox with a breathing hole in the lobby of an apartment building in Long Island, New...