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Child Welfare

Part One: Smart Solutions For Vulnerable Families Start With Context

Judith Sandalow | Posted 12.12.2016 | Impact
Judith Sandalow

I know it works because I see it every day. Communities succeed when children succeed. Children succeed when their parents succeed. But in a storm, even the most ferocious swimmer can't make it to shore without a lifeboat.

A Better, But Still Broken, NYC Child Welfare System Means Another Child Murdered

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2016 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

The loss of any child is painful; a loss that could have been prevented is almost too much to bear.

Families Under One Roof

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.25.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

CSH has launched One Roof to change the lives of vulnerable families struggling at the intersection of homelessness and child welfare involvement, and...

Advocates Urge Senate to Pass Family First Act

Jim McKay | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Jim McKay

The fate of the most substantial piece of child welfare legislation in the last 10 years rests in the hands of a few U.S. Senators this week.

To Know You Are Loved

Danielle Gletow | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Over the past 8 years I have lost a lot of sleep. I stay up wondering how I can communicate why the work I've dedicated my entire life to is so critical.

Simone Biles Flies Through the Air Because Her Grandparents Gave Her Roots

Donna M. Butts | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

As a child in foster care, she could very easily have been moved from foster family to foster family, falling behind in school and eventually landing on the street with nothing but a trash bag filled with clothes and a few other belongings. Instead she knows her grandparents as mom and dad.

Don't Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In an important show of bipartisanship, Congress is on the cusp of an historic step to help many of the most vulnerable children in our nation who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care and lingering in group care.

The Senate Must Act Now to Put Families First

Donna M. Butts | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

All children deserve what she now has--a safe and stable family where they can grow roots and thrive. As a country, where would we be without grandparents and other relatives who are sacrificing to raise the children in their care? The Senate needs to do the right thing and put families first.

We are Failing our Children: Addressing Homelessness among System-Involved Youth

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Lisa Pilnik

co-authored by Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth This spring, the federal Administration for Children and Families releas...

House Puts Families First, Opponents Rally - But Why?

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

Passing H.R. 5456, the Family First Prevention Services Act, will benefit the children and families we serve. This is an enormous step forward in the treatment of our country's most vulnerable children.

Freak Snowstorm Slows, Improves Fifth Annual Foster Youth Questival

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.23.2016 | Sports
Daniel Heimpel

It is near 5:00 a.m., and the sun has started its push up over the east side of Mt. Shasta, directly opposite the 13-person group of climbers on the southwest slope. The sun so obscured, the light is a blue gray, with clouds all around save for a miles-wide clearing.

Echoing Green Fellow, Serita Cox, Leverages the Internet of Things to Innovate The Child Welfare System

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

For National Foster Care Month, I interviewed Echoing Green Global Fellow Serita Cox, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of iFoster.

White House Champion of Change, David Ambroz, Leverages New Media to Reimagine and Improve The Foster Care System

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

For National Foster Care Month, I interviewed David Ambroz, who is the Executive Director of Corporate Citizenship & Social Responsibility for Disney|ABC Television Group.

Reunification Month: Teaming Up For Families

Matthew Melmed | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Matthew Melmed

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Safe Babies Court Teams aim to break a dysfunctional cycle by aligning resources and addressing the individual and underlying needs of parents - prior to and following reunification or other permanency outcome.

Parents 'Gifted' Teen Daughter To Man Found With 12 Girls, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Kurt Heine | Posted 06.17.2016 | Crime

A Pennsylvania couple told authorities they “gifted” their teenage daughter to a man who helped save them from financial ruin -- and thought the a...

We're Learning More About Housing, Child Welfare and Vulnerable Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

A Joint Blog by: Judith Meltzer, Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) Deborah DeSantis, President and CEO, Corporation for Su...

A Call to Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In New York City, over 150,000 children under five are poor. Last year, nearly 20,000 of these children slept in homeless shelters - enough to fill Madison Square Garden. From the moment they're born, children in poverty face an uphill struggle to survive, thrive and learn with so many odds stacked against them.

Stories of Mother Love

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As we celebrate mothers and grandmothers, foster mothers, and all those who step in to parent children in need, let's pledge to take responsibility not only for our own children and grandchildren but for all children, or at least for one child who may not be our own.

Income Inequality: The Housing Struggle

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In reality, only one in four families who qualify for housing assistance receives it. In the face of stagnating or falling incomes and soaring housing costs, eviction has become more commonplace in America than ever.

NGOs Ramp up Push for Better UN Data

Georgette Mulheir | Posted 04.01.2016 | World
Georgette Mulheir

Desperately poor and bereft at the death of his wife, Daniel's father made the only choice he could for his six-year-old son. But Daniel, afraid and hungry - and even lonelier than when his mother died - hated the orphanage from the first frightening night he cried himself to sleep.

Homoparental Adoption: Yes.

Erdika Wirengjurit | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Erdika Wirengjurit

What is fair? Deciding that a baby will be adopted by two mommies or two daddies? Or that one baby will be adopted to a low income parents, and anot...

Addressing Multi-Generational Dysfunction in Foster Care

Dr. Mark Echols | Posted 02.25.2017 | Impact
Dr. Mark Echols

Several years ago I read a story about a young man in Florida who killed his younger sibling. The young man in this story was described as a troubled...

Towards Equity: Bi-partisan Federal Legislation Tackles Racial Disproportionality and Puts Families First

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 02.24.2017 | Politics
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

While funding essential interventions prior to removing children into foster care, the Hatch-Wyden Family First Act creates a much needed national standard for residential treatment by defining medical and clinical expectations.

It's Not About the Super Bowl

Katie Albright | Posted 02.12.2017 | San Francisco
Katie Albright

Child abuse takes many forms and manifestations. Some are difficult to notice, others are utterly apparent. It's not identifiable by skin color or gender or geography. Whatever the type, whoever the child, it's our responsibility to stop it. We must protect our children.

Lifting the Burdens From Struggling Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.08.2017 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When families confronting a host of challenges such as mental illness, severe medical conditions or substance use find themselves without a decent home, child welfare agencies often feel they have no choice but to place the children in foster care.