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Top 8 Ways To Help Your Foster Child In School

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.19.2016 | Education
Dr. John DeGarmo

School. For so many children, it is a place of learning, of laughter, and a place to make friends and form relationships. Not so for children in foster care. It is a very difficult place, where academic failure and behavior problems are the norm.

The Secret Language Of Emojis And Your Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.16.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Some emojis can be used to send harmful or threatening messages. For example, a simle picture, or an emoji, of a frog may mean that the person receiving the emoji is "ugly". An emoji of scissors might send the message that "I am going to cut you." An emoji of a man running followed by a bowling ball may mean "I am going to hit you."

To Know You Are Loved

Danielle Gletow | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Over the past 8 years I have lost a lot of sleep. I stay up wondering how I can communicate why the work I've dedicated my entire life to is so critical.

Simone Biles Flies Through the Air Because Her Grandparents Gave Her Roots

Donna M. Butts | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

As a child in foster care, she could very easily have been moved from foster family to foster family, falling behind in school and eventually landing on the street with nothing but a trash bag filled with clothes and a few other belongings. Instead she knows her grandparents as mom and dad.

The Classroom: A Place Of Failure For Children In Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.10.2016 | Education
Dr. John DeGarmo

School. It is a place of frustration, loss, failure, and reminder of loss to a child in foster care. It is a place of humiliation, bullying, shame, and sorrow for those who are placed in a foster home. Yet, so few recognize the many challenges and disruptions that kids in foster care face each and every day they are in a classroom setting.

Great Countries Have Strong Families

April Dinwoodie | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
April Dinwoodie

As each candidate offered perspectives of their respective platforms from the convention stage, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) issued their own platform for needed changes in an important, and not so niche, area of American family life - adoption.

Canines for Kindness: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Canines for Kindness: This Week In Daily Giving Each week at The Pollination Project, we shine the spotlight on seven of our recent seed grant recipi...

Inspiration in all Sizes

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Who inspires you? Your mom or dad? Your husband, wife or partner? Maybe a mentor or role model who changed things because they were hopeful enough to...

Today Is The Day You Can Make A Difference In A Child's Life!

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.01.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

As I opened the door to meet the newest members of my family, my heart immediately left me. It was late at night when the three children were placed ...

Reflections On A Composer's First Opera

New England Conservatory | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Opera is a fabulous teaching tool, but I don't identify with the fluffy, fantasy, or historic driven plots of many of the most popular operas. I appreciate it in its many forms, but not in this work.

Don't Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In an important show of bipartisanship, Congress is on the cusp of an historic step to help many of the most vulnerable children in our nation who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care and lingering in group care.

You Are Being Called To Care For Children. Will You Answer?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.08.2016 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

The four-year-old boy, suffering from so much pain in his life, smiled at me as I took his hand in mine. When I looked into my son from foster care's bright eyes, my own eyes began to fill with tears, and I was quickly reminded of the Bible verse, Matthew 25:35-36.

The Senate Must Act Now to Put Families First

Donna M. Butts | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

All children deserve what she now has--a safe and stable family where they can grow roots and thrive. As a country, where would we be without grandparents and other relatives who are sacrificing to raise the children in their care? The Senate needs to do the right thing and put families first.

Can You Spare A Toothbrush?
One Insanely Simple Way To Make A Big Difference

Danielle Gletow | Posted 07.06.2016 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

There are certainly complex issues in our child welfare system. But there are also some fairly simple-to-address issues too. To me, this is one of them.

We are Failing our Children: Addressing Homelessness among System-Involved Youth

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Lisa Pilnik

co-authored by Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth This spring, the federal Administration for Children and Families releas...

Freak Snowstorm Slows, Improves Fifth Annual Foster Youth Questival

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.23.2016 | Sports
Daniel Heimpel

It is near 5:00 a.m., and the sun has started its push up over the east side of Mt. Shasta, directly opposite the 13-person group of climbers on the southwest slope. The sun so obscured, the light is a blue gray, with clouds all around save for a miles-wide clearing.

Will You Allow Your Heart To Break?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 06.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

I woke up from the dream in an agitated state. Sweat was dripping down the side of my face, despite the fact that the fan was on overhead. It was th...

Happy Birthday? Not For Many Of These Children.

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Did you know that many children in foster care have never had a birthday celebrated in their name? Are you aware that hundreds of thousands of foster children have never had a present to open on Christmas day? This reality, alone, makes me sad.

'Love Is Something If You Give It Away"

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Twenty feet from me, four-year-old children are giggling, sitting in a circle in a small room, waiting to find out what happens next in this new place...

Empower Your Teen

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

Statistically, I am supposed to be dead, in jail, or homeless. At 14, I'd been kicked out of so many foster homes that it became a game to me. I acted out because I didn't trust anyone, and I didn't expect that to change any time soon. So, how come I didn't end up as yet another statistic? ONE. CARING. ADULT.

What You May Not Know About Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

It was late, and I was at my desk in my library, doing some writing for an upcoming book. Earlier that afternoon, we had taken in three foster childr...

A Horrific Flashback

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Just when I think I've seen it all, or at least a lot of it over 15 years of Pajama Program, a horrific memory engulfs me and shakes me all over again...

Transphobia in Mississippi

LD Thompson | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices
LD Thompson

The bias in Mississippi is stunning. Here we have a lovely, talented teenager who, because she was not gender conforming, was judged as mentally unstable, academically incompetent and behaviorally unmanageable.

I Gave Away My One and Only Jimmy Choos to Walk in the Shoes of Another

Georgie Smith | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact
Georgie Smith

But I learnt in my shoe exchange that the best way to walk in another's shoes is to to walk alongside of them. I am with Sashauna for life. I am excited to witness the expanding impact she will have on many. I am excited to see her step into and own her mantle as a role model. Not just for foster youth, but all young women.

16 Ways We Can Pray for Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

There are a number of ways we can pray for our foster children. We need to become prayer warriors for our foster children, lifting them up in prayer on a daily basis. Not only should we pray for the children, but our foster children's case workers also need prayer