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Sitting Still

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 08.31.2015 | Divorce
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I'm dealing with learning to be stable. I'm learning that when someone loves you they don't dispose of you at the drop of a dime. I'm learning that when you sit still and take time, you truly love and care about someone.

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

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.31.2015 | 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 sch...

8 Things You May Not Know About Adoption

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

I've been a mom-by-adoption for almost seven years now. We are an apparent adoptive family because we are white and our children are black, so we are often approached by strangers and asked questions. Consistently, these eight subjects come up in conversations.

Are You the Reason Our Children Are Failing in School?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Dr. John DeGarmo

When I first began teaching, and before I was a foster parent, I knew very little about foster care, or about foster children. To be sure, what I thought I knew about children in foster care, and about the foster care system, was as far from the truth as possible.

Finding Normal: Harder for Foster Youth, But Worth the Struggle

Mary Lee | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Mary Lee

Spending part of your childhood being raised by strangers will never be normal, but the foster care experience can be better. When reviewing laws and regulations, legislators, child welfare professionals and concerned citizens should ask a simple question: "Would I want this for my child?"

Why I Pray as a Foster Parent

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

As a foster parent, I look to prayer to not only get through the day, but to best help these children in need. I look to prayer to not only be the best father figure I can to the children in my home, but to give them the love they need to heal from their pain and 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.

Death Of 2-Year-Old In Foster Care Is Highest Priority: Governor

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime

AUBURN, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the case of a 2-year-old girl who died in foster care has his highest priority. ...

We Can Do Better Than This: The Foster Care Bill of Rights

Danielle Gletow | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

The fact that the state of Delaware, or any state for that matter, needs to have a formal law carefully outlining such basic definitions of quality care concerned me greatly. It concerned me, but unfortunately I can't say it surprised me.

We Are Failing Our Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

These children I watch on tv throwing rocks, acting with disrespect towards our law officers, engaging in unspeakable actions towards their own siblings, and even taking the lives of others; they are victims of failure from their own families.

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...

Rewards in Foster Parenting: Rewards in Love

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.30.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dr. John DeGarmo

Before I was a foster parent, I had some mixed views about the foster care system. To say that I was unaware and ignorant of what foster care was about is quite the understatement.

Kindness Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Imagine being a child in foster care, shuffled from home to home with your belongings in a trash bag. Or an elderly woman living alone with little to eat and no family to help you. This week at The Pollination Project our grantees have found ways to bring small kindnesses into the lives of others.

What If You Saved One Life This Year?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

What if you chose to save one life this year? What if you cared enough to do something about children who are suffering?

Empowering Youth in Child Welfare and Foster Care Through the Gift of Sleep-Away Camp

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 07.23.2015 | New York
Bill Baccaglini

Many readers have experienced the magic of summer camp--days spent basking in the sun, swimming and splashing around the pool or lake, playing sports,...

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.

You Are Ignoring Children In Need.

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

You are ignoring children in need. You felt strongly about gay marriage rights, and you fought for them, putting all your energy into it.

Foster Parenting: Why We Care for Kids in Need

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

"Let me talk about this with my wife, and I will call you back," I said to the case worker, before saying goodbye to her. It was just past dinner tim...

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."

Star Power for Foster Youth

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

At the beginning of the summer two NYC foster care landmarks were told they were no longer going to be funded. This happens a lot. Not so much in NYC but all over the country. Nonprofits lose their funding. Well intentioned groups disappear. That wouldn't be the case this time.

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.

Back to the Future's Claudia Wells: Shining Brighter Than Ever Before

Sarah Cannata | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Sarah Cannata

As a journalist and writer, you get to meet and interview your fair share of people from all walks of life. So when my friend and Global Twitter Marketing Specialist, Keith Keller, offered to introduce me to Back to the Future star Claudia Wells, I jumped at the chance.

Better Parenting Means No Pictures: Stopping Child Sex Predators

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

For a brief time, our nation will act horrified, angered, and shocked, crying for action. Yet, in a short time, you will abandon this issue and forget about Jared Fogle, just like you did the Duggar family, and move on to the next American scandal.

Beware the Summer Tax Hikes, Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at five new or increased taxes Illinois and Chicago residents could be subjected to by the end of the summer.

The Joy of Caring for Children in Need

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.06.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

Can I share something with you? Being a parent has been the second best thing I have ever done. The first, of course, was marrying my wife! To be sure, being a parent has made me a much better person, in so many ways.