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Child Welfare

Broken Adoptions: When "Forever" Is an Illusion

Mirah Riben | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

For many young people who are adopted out of the foster care system, the promise of a "forever family" is an illusion. In New York City, anecdotal data from child advocates suggests that thousands of children adopted out of foster care end up displaced from their adoptive home.

Memories Forgotten (From a Ward of the State)

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I hate when people tell me to reflect on good memories. Little do they know, I don't have many.

Mass. Problems for Kids Continue

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

Five years ago, after seeing first hand what was going on at the Mass. Department of Children and Families, it was clear that the agency had rotted out from within, and that what was needed was not reforms, but for someone to turn the department upside down, and vigorously shake.

Kristen Bell, Jessica Alba and Others Support Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth at Raising Baby

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Welcoming close to one hundred current and former foster youth, along with their adorable children, to the event, Raising Baby provided the young parents with multiple workshops and activities.

When Child Sexual Abuse Is in the Public Eye, Don't Lose Sight of the Children

Teresa Huizar | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Teresa Huizar

Each year, official government reports indicate that more than 62,000 children are sexually abused. The numbers are especially staggering for girls aged 14-17, of whom researchers estimate more than 17% have experienced sexual abuse.

Teaching At-Risk Youth in Trauma-Sensitive Education Environment

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Bill Baccaglini

We believe that in bridging the gap between educators and child welfare professionals to create trauma-sensitive schools, we can also bridge the education gap between at-risk youth and students of the general population nationwide.

The Attack on Planned Parenthood Is an Attack on the Impoverished

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Defunding the largest organization providing education and pregnancy prevention services will only increase the percentage of young people relegated into poverty, not only in this generation but also for generations to come.

More U.S. Children Are Living In Poverty Than During The Great Recession

AP | KYLE POTTER | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfa...

As If Children Mattered

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Adults matter to children. Whether it is the earth, the seas, or the air we breathe, we cannot destroy our planet's assets and hope to survive, let alone prosper. These young at risk are also our "assets," whose untapped potential is being wasted.

Photographer Captures Bewitching Images Of Mongolian Child Jockeys Racing Across The Steppes

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 07.19.2015 | World

Purevsurengiin Togtokhsuren is just 13 years old, but he's already a seasoned jockey. This year marked his fifth time competing in the horse races of ...

We Should Never Stop Striving to Improve the Odds for Young People Aging Out of Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Gary Stangler

It's a very real challenge: hundreds of thousands of young people in this country have aged out of foster at the very young age of 18 -- many without achieving permanent family connections.

Foster Youth Questival 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

After four years, and taking dozens of novice climbers up Mt. Shasta, I know that I have helped to impart a little beauty into those lives. And to know that beauty, calm and sense of accomplishment lives on without me makes it all worth it.

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.24.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

Six Things You Should Know About Growing up in Foster Care

Mary Lee | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Mary Lee

Foster kids are just kids -- like your kids. But they've experienced more difficult situations and hard times than most adults ever will. Some develop emotional and behavioral problems and challenging behaviors.

End All Youth Detention and Torture at Rikers Island Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Nobody of any age should be held in jail without a trial for three years. No child or adolescent should be held in an adult jail. Yet, a 16-year-old accused of stealing a backpack was kept in one of the most violent adult jails in the United States, Rikers Island in New York City, for three years without a trial. This was morally scandalous and inhumane. Even worse, he spent more than two years of that time in solitary confinement, locked up alone except to go to the shower, the recreation area, the visit room or the medical clinic. This was torture. The suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder on June 6, barely two years after his release and return home, was the final horror in his tragic and brutal journey into the depths of the adult criminal justice system in New York.

Children Are in Need of Families, and You May Be the Perfect Fit

Rita Soronen | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Rita Soronen

There are many ways to help make a difference, but the most direct and surest way to make a profound, life-changing impact in the life of a child who has experienced abuse or neglect is to adopt a waiting child from the foster care system.

6 Tools to Help Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Stacey Steinberg

In light of the Duggar abuse scandal, protecting children from sexual abuse is on many parents' minds. Avoiding all risk is unlikely, but there are steps parents can take to minimize their child's risk of sexual abuse. These tools will also help children get help if victimization occurs.

We Can Save Foster Children Only by Educating Them

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Bill Baccaglini

When President Obama recognized May 2015 as National Foster Care Month, his Proclamation honored "those who dedicate themselves to making a difference." As the month draws to a close, those of us working in the foster care trenches need to take a hard look at where we are still failing these children.

Every Kid Needs a Family

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

By definition, the young people who come into our child welfare systems already have suffered the trauma of family disruption. Without family, children are ill equipped to beat the odds stacked against them. Every kid needs a family, and every kid deserves one.

Red Noses for Kids: The Fight to End Childhood America

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

It's easy to forget that childhood poverty is a devastating reality in the United States. A few years ago, in a New Yorker article entitled "Spoiled Rotten," Elizabeth Kolbert wrote: "contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world." Evidence of that claim is all around us.

To the Heroes Advocating on Behalf of Abused Children

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Stacey Steinberg

Please remember that you change lives every single day. You see things most 'regular people' pretend don't exist. You nurture broken hearts by day and fall asleep at night wishing only that you could have done more.

Second Day of Summit

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The CSH Summit: Supportive Housing Innovations is in its second day here in Chicago and the intensity surrounding the discussions has taken our learning and sharing to a whole new level.

To Grandma's House We Go... and Stay

Donna M. Butts | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

She was six years old when she left home on her bike with a suitcase she packed with clothes and another filled with toys. To grandma's house she went. But this was no picnic. And the big, bad wolf? He was a father fueled by alcohol.

All in the Family

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Kinship care has been found to help children maintain family, and oftentimes community, connections. There is strong evidence that children placed in kinship care experience greater stability, have fewer behavioral problems and are just as safe children in non-relative care.

Stuck Outside the Poor Door

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The contrast between the haves and have-nots might be especially stark at that New York building, but millions of families across the country are finding themselves on the wrong side of the poor door.