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Foster Care System

5 Ways You Have The Power to Change a Life, Just the Way You Are -- From an Adoptee

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

Last year almost 30-thousand youth aged out of Foster Care. Those children left care without a family and now have a greater likelihood of being incarcerated, homeless or having an unintended pregnancy.

Abundance in Many Forms

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.

Letting Our Children's Talents Shine

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph M. Costa

In spite of the challenges the children at Hillsides have experienced, they are not without hopes and dreams of happiness. Given the opportunity, they express fantasies that come from the recesses of their imagination, rooted not just in their traumas but driven by their aspirations.

Impeding LGBT Parents Does Not Help Children Who Need Families

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Pertman

All a state is doing when it imposes restrictions is shrinking its pool of prospective parents and, as a result, decreasing the odds that children in its custody will ever live in permanent, loving and successful families.

Kids Helping Kids and Making a Difference

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

"Danger Season" started on October 1st. This is the time of year when the temperatures drop and the chill at night makes it the most desperate time for the children we serve. This is the time when children are cold, afraid and lonely.

How Racism is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
DaShanne Stokes

Even as President Obama gets ready to make his annual proclamation marking the beginning of National Adoption Month in just a couple of weeks, racism continues to scar the lives of many of our nation's 400,000 children who languish in foster care because of their race.

How Heroin Is Hitting The Foster Care System

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides d...


Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sophia Williams-Baugh

You ever see a stray cat and think about how it got outside by itself, how long it's been on it's own, and how it's surviving? You think to yourself, ...

They Don't Know the Life of a Foster Child

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

Prejudgment, false conception, and assumptions are a few of the many things that foster kids deal with on a constant basis. Unless they have lived it, breathed it and endured through it, many don't know what a lot of foster kids go through.

Keeping Each Other Warm

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We can't lose sight of how many families may not even have pajamas to change into - how many children sleep in their clothes. How many families feel a cold that comes from neglect and loneliness. The change in weather only amplifies their chill.

Back to School and Back on the Lookout for Children in Distress

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

School is starting again and that means so many things. Some children are excited about moving up a grade while some may not be so excited about s...

Pushing Foster Care Into National Consciousness

Matt Hartman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Everyday, we hear about issues -- ranging from fights over dresses to fights overseas. Yet, lacking are the tales of America's downtrodden -- those mo...

Former Foster Kid: Two Things I Wish They Knew

Hilary Holland Lorenzo | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Hilary Holland Lorenzo

It would be near impossible to find one who wouldn't be grateful to have an advocate with a strong voice until that foster kid is old enough and brave enough to be her own.

Where Will the Children Go Next?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

. No child should be tossing and turning in bed in too-tight old and dirty jeans. No child should cry herself to sleep feeling alone in the dark. No child deserves to be afraid at night because tomorrow she is being transferred to another "new place."

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.

Il Papa vs. My Fathers: What The Pope Doesn't Understand About Child Abuse

Buster Ross | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

Pope Francis says children need heterosexual parents. Daddy Francis, if you're reading this: The gay men in my life have been some of the most nurturing and supportive parents imaginable.

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.

Google Would Never Hire a Person Like Me

Anthony Mays | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Anthony Mays

I am super proud to be a Googler. My background isn't normal compared to the rest of my colleagues-not by a long shot. But I am convinced that Google wants to give everyone a fair shot, no matter where they're from or what they look like.

Foster Care... Inspiring Potential in All of Us

Rhea Perlman | Posted 06.08.2015 | 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.

Behind the Smiles: The of National Foster Care Month

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

Then June 1st will appear and we disappear from your consciousness. We go back to being the first or last story on the newscast. We become the story on your newsfeed you pass by. We fade back into the background.

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.

Foster Care Youth: We Are Everyone & No One's Responsibility

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Basile

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so it seems a fitting time to admit that I, too, am a foster youth survivor. I entered into the system in my early teens and aged out, and I say 'survivor' because it feels like a war.

A Mother's Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day we hear stories about extraordinary women who stand up for children who are alone and neglected, women who have families of their own and take steps to adopt a child, take in a troubled teen, open their arms and homes to abandoned, sometimes sick babies.

We Are Failing an Arena's Worth of Kids, EVERY year! {How to Make a Difference Beyond National Foster Care Month}

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Madeleine Melcher

The time is now. Not before another 23,000 or more age out. Could you look at each of those faces and tell them they are not worth your time? Your voice? A family? Because they are -- it could just as easily be you or I or our best friend.

6 Key Factors to Consider for an Open Adoption

April Dinwoodie | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

Some people experience anxiety at the prospect of this unique relationship in their lives, and some families find this aspect of their adoption journey challenging. To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth and adoptive, here are six things to keep in mind.