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The Sons Who Were Never Really Mine

Lauren Casper | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

When they got sick, I wrapped them in blankets and held them close. We laughed and splashed at bath time, we picnicked in the mountains. I was there when they first saw the ocean. But now I am a stranger in Walmart.

A Reading Buddy

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When you are a child, reading alone can be lonely. If you don't know the meaning of a word, there's no one to ask, and if you stumble on a pronunciation, no one will help you smooth it out. So we decided to design a pilot program called "Pajama Program Reading Buddy Plus.

The Voiceless in a Failing System

Matt Hartman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

In this country, the plights of youth in the foster care system are often brought to attention in the abstract, with former foster parents or social workers commenting on the difficulties and the problems of the system. Yet, the voice lacking is that of the youth who experience the system.

A New Organization and a New Focus: Enabling Children and Families to Succeed

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Adam Pertman

When families struggle to address the consequences of children's early adversity, they should be able to receive -- as a matter of course integral to the adoption process, and not as an "add-on" that can be subtracted -- services that meet their needs and sustain them.

Survival Is Not Enough: Help Children Thrive, Not Just Survive

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

The child who has at least one stable, adult relationship experiences a greater measure of success than a child who grows up alone in a well-intentioned government supported system of care.

What the Ailing LA County Child Welfare System Needs in 2015

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 01.16.2015 | Los Angeles
Joseph M. Costa

To commit to this renewed focus on child welfare will require the Supervisors to muster the political resolve to tackle very sensitive issues and require additional resources. Only time will tell if their "resolution" will translate into decisive action.

How to Invest in Miracles

Harriet McDonald | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

By the time they were 18, each boy had lived in multiple foster homes. They survived their childhoods without compassion or stability. The idea of being "cared for" was a foreign concept.

Being Mom: Why I Chose to Not Have Biological Children

Dylan Kendall | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Dylan Kendall

I didn't choose to become a foster mom because I couldn't have my own children. I chose to become a foster mom because a young person needed me and my desire to mother has never been centered on my genetics, but on my ability to love and care for others.

Books as Chariots

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So many youngsters and teens alike are facing difficult days as the holidays near. They are in search of another world, a more loving community, a l...

I'll Keep That In Mind

Stephanie Giese | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I do not owe you an explanation, and I think anger is a healthy reaction to what this child has endured in his very short lifetime. As you huff and pull your children away from our "bad example," I will roll my eyes and remind myself that you do not know what you do not know.

I'm Over 50 And Adopted Two Children And So Can You

High50 | Posted 12.05.2014 | Fifty
High50

Adopting in your 50s is a lot more common than people think and the process doesn't have to be drawn out. Celebrities are among the growing number of our generation who are choosing to adopt.

Home for the Holidays with a Grand Family

Donna M. Butts | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

They had all the love in their hearts but not the dollars in the bank. And it takes money to raise a child.

Giving Back One Small Step at a Time

Georgie Smith | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Georgie Smith

But all it takes is simple, small acts of kindness to change a single life for the better. When we all do it together, our collective efforts create real change.

Marquis Cabrera Helps Others With 'Foster Skills'

Nadine Cheung | Posted 12.01.2014 | Good News

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Rebecca Adams

You Don't Have To Adopt To Make A Huge Impact On The Life Of A Foster Child

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Adams | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents

When Justin Pasquariello was only 7 months old, his birth father died, leaving his mother to care for her newborn while battling schizoaffective disor...

Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were.

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.

When There's No Going Home

Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN

It's high time that we understand the lost human capital of foster care children and be proactive in our approach to to usher them into adulthood -- really, just another three to five years -- the right way.

The Pathway to Recovery from Childhood Trauma

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

I am not my PTSD. I never was - and never will be - crazy. The trauma therapy, however hellish, is a pill I must swallow. Through it, I will heal. The darkness in my life will, someday soon, brighten, and I will excel when that time comes.

Deaths, Abuse and Alleged Rapes: How Lax Oversight Endangers Florida's -- and the Nation's -- Children

Art Levine | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Art Levine

Is Florida the most dangerous places in the country for children with disabilities, behavioral disorders or the sheer misfortune to be born into abusive families? That could well be the case, based on a series of troubling investigative reports.

Los Angeles Child Protection Checkup

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Today, we at Fostering Media Connections released our second quarterly "Checkup" on the developmental health of Los Angeles County's child protection reform effort.

We Can All Be Heroes. And We Should Be.

Danielle Gletow | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Gary and Ellen are the proud parents of nine children -- one biological and eight adopted. The adoption of six of those children, a sibling group, occurred just before Ellen had surgery. She beat breast cancer. Gary and Ellen are clearly heroes. But we can all be heroes. And we must be.

Love, Learning and Light: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. Our t...

Preventive Analytics and Child Protection

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Sheffield's first reaction was "devastation, disappointment, depression, tragedy: any and everything that could be negative." Even if she didn't fully realize it as a pregnant teen in 2004, the prospects for her baby girl were less than optimal.

That's My Boy!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

There is nothing quite as touching as watching a group of children sitting quietly, though quite anxiously, for their names to be called to receive a ...