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Foster Care Adoption

Adoption In America: The Good, The Bad, And A Path To Reform

April Dinwoodie | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

When we move beyond transaction and embrace the transformational journey that is embedded in the adoption experience, we have a better chance of ensuring strong families.

The God-Abusers and Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Frank Ligtvoet

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain To be honest: I don't know God. And I don't know what He, if He is out there, wants from Ame...

An Open Letter to My Foster Son, 10 Years Later

Danielle Gletow | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Danielle Gletow

Dear Antonio, My name is Danielle. You probably don't remember me, but you used to call me "Mom" sometimes. You made me a mom, even if for a short time. I will always treasure that, and I will always treasure you.

22 Heartwarming Photos Of Kids Adopted From Foster Care

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents

A series of heartwarming photos is shining a light on foster care adoption. For over two years, the nonprofit Together We Rise has been sharing sweet ...

It's Time to Step Up the Game for Foster Children

Rhea Perlman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

After eight years of helping to find homes for children in foster care, I feel like it's time to step up the game, and find homes for all the children we meet. Maybe since I've had a Twitter account forever, I'll actually start using it. Ahhh, social media, I will embrace you.

Watch These Foster Kids Get The Christmas Gift Of A Lifetime

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents

Three foster kids were in for an emotional surprise when they unwrapped a very special Christmas present. Oregon parents Sarah and Michael Perks gave...

Foster Mom Offers A Fresh Take On The Starbucks Red Cup Controversy

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents

A viral Instagram post is offering a different perspective on the Starbucks red cup controversy. A photo posted by @fosterloveforeverhome on Nov 8,...

Together, I Want Us All To Carry On

Danielle Gletow | Posted 09.11.2016 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Whether people reading this decide to support Carry On or they decide to get involved in another luggage program from another organization for youth in foster care, I will be happy. Because the goal is to make sure that NO child ever has to pack their belongings in anything but proper luggage.

Foster Care... Inspiring Potential in All of Us

Rhea Perlman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

With over 400,000 children in the foster care system today it's often difficult for children over thirteen to get out of the system and into a "forever" home. Gloriously, some do succeed.

10 Things Adoptive Parents Should Know (An Adoptee's Perspective)

Christina Romo | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

Adoption is not possible without loss. Losing one's birth parents is the most traumatic form of loss a child can experience. That loss will always be a part of me. It will shape who I am and will have an effect on my relationships -- especially my relationship with you.

Hopeful Parents-To-Be Share Inspiring Plan To Adopt A Foster Child

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents

As a professional photographer, Cara Taylor has a lot of experience taking pregnancy announcement pictures. She told The Huffington Post that many cou...

They Have Each Other and Just Need a Family

Rhea Perlman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Rhea Perlman

Josh is 14, Alize (pronounced a-li-zay) is 9. These kids are as sweet as they come. Josh is a strong, bright boy who likes math, science, basketball and all sports. He's a big Dodgers fan. Alize is pretty, petite, and soft-spoken. Her eyes twinkle with excitement.

Teen's Journey From Foster Care To College Is Too Heartwarming For Words

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Black Voices

Stories about children shuffling through the foster care system don’t always end with a fairytale adoption -- but Tyree Grant's did. The 18-year...

Children Need a Family to Thrive

Rhea Perlman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Hi y'all. It's been a while since I wrote for this blog. Meanwhile life has gone on and there's a whole new batch of kids in the foster care system ...

How Gay Fathers Helped Two Little Best Friends Become Brothers

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Some of those fighting marriage equality want you to believe that there is only one right way to create a family. But families come together in a variety of ways, the best of which is when all the members love each other and deeply desire a lifetime bond. That is what happened in my family.

Jason's Story: 'All You Need Is Love'

Rhea Perlman | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

I recently met a guy named Jason Saunders who spent most of his childhood in the LA County foster care system. His story really brought home to me the urgency of finding permanent homes for the 500 children in Los Angeles County and the 104,000 children nationwide in the system who are eligible for adoption.

Foster Care Adoption: The 5 Reasons Why You Don't Want To Do It, And The 5 Greater Reasons Why You Do

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Both my sons came into my family from foster care. For that alone I owe the system a debt that I will never, ever be able to repay. But I do not wish to imply that the road through foster care is a cakewalk. It is daunting at times, but doable.

Unfair! What About Older Foster Youth and Their Families?

Michael Piraino | Posted 10.17.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Data doesn't have to lie to ignore the truth. In the case of the annual adoption and foster care report issued by the federal government, ignoring the full truth is unfair to foster youth.

Wanted: One Forever Family

Rhea Perlman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

2012-06-08-Screenshot20120608at12.58.22PM.jpgMost days Odalyz, Zamantha and Angel are not together. They are in separate foster homes. They need to be adopted. They need a family to live with and be a part of. Forever. That's all they need.

A Child Can't Be Raised by a System... or a Court

Rhea Perlman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

The most important element of the foster care system is getting kids out of foster care and into a permanent placement so they don't have to spend their entire childhoods in courtrooms, wondering if they will ever have a place to call home.

A Successful National Adoption Day

Rhea Perlman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

This Adoption Day, 120 foster kids were officially accepted into their new families in Los Angeles. Across the country more than 4,000 adoptions were finalized.

No Child Should Be Raised in a System

Rhea Perlman | Posted 11.14.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Child welfare makes sure children are housed, clothed, and fed. It makes sure they go to school. It tries to address their medical needs if they have any. This is great and it's a good thing we have it. But a system isn't a parent. Even the system knows this.

The Other Caylee Anthonys

Rhea Perlman | Posted 09.10.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

There are thousands of children in this country who have survived the abuse and neglect of their parents. Each is as precious as Caylee Anthony was. And each of these children's lives is still at risk. The outcomes for their adulthood, if they remain in the child welfare system, are bleak.

Saving Children From the Child Welfare System

Rhea Perlman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Adoptions from foster care in the U.S. are at a record high and the average wait time has shrunk by a year. So it's time to double-down with this momentum.

Michael Should Have a Bed of His Own

Rhea Perlman | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

2011-05-09-mike.jpgMichael is 8-years-old and has lived in 7 different foster homes. How is that even possible? It shouldn't be.