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A Bookstore Holds More Than Just Books

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Bookstores don't only hold books, they hold promises. Promises for new adventures, where new people and characters enter our lives with fascinating stories to tell us.

Telling Your Story Can Change Your Life: Rise, A Powerfully Good Organization

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

After decades of being a pediatrician, and never saying "no" to a meeting with yet another nice person, it seems like I know everyone. I came to the party thinking and hoping that something might happen and it did.

My Teen Daughter Asked for 17,000 Shoes: Why I Said Yes

Dawn Teo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Dawn Teo

When our daughter first came home to us, weeks before her "sweet 16" birthday, she had one pair of shoes. A pair of old, dirty, split-down-the-sides tennis shoes.

How We Came To Have A Son With Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

A social worker who was a 20-year veteran of state adoptions told us early on in the process: "You get the one you're supposed to." She couldn't have been more right.

This Shouldn't Be a Wish

Danielle Gletow | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Nyasia shouldn't have to wish for warm, fuzzy boots. But she does. And every day I am reminded that there are thousands of other kids in foster care and group homes around our country that are just like her. Their wishes are so simple it can break your heart.

Oklahoma Teens Gladly Being Pigs

Anna Eldridge | Posted 03.13.2015 | Teen
Anna Eldridge

I know my generation has been accused of being lazy, technology obsessed and self-absorbed, but to me it couldn't be farther from the truth.

BAM, BAM, BAM: A Boy, a Chef and a Dream

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

ecently I was thinking about a little boy named Jared who came to live at one of the group homes in Westchester. He was about 5 or 6 years old. We never know the children's back stories, nor their current situations there, except that most of them were orphaned and understandably confused when they first arrive.

A Sanctuary For LGBT Youth In Foster Care

LD Thompson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices
LD Thompson

Sadly, LGBT kids are more likely to be thrown out of their birth homes or to be removed from them as a result of abuse or neglect.

From Bleak to Hopeful: One Woman's Success in LA's Foster Care System

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Joseph M. Costa

It is a story of a young girl bewildered and hurt by disappointment, fearing for her safety and well-being, who found her spirit renewed and her hope restored because of the care she received while at Hillsides.

Kamala Harris' Bureau of Children's Justice Takes Shape

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

On Feb. 12, California Attorney General Kamala Harris held a press conference in Los Angeles to announce the creation of a "Bureau of Children's Justice" with goals ranging from reducing truancy and combatting "childhood trauma" to improving the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

Nobody Cancelled

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The joy our volunteers know awaits them is motivation to keep their promise to be here. Despite the meteorologist's urging, "Severe weather warning, stay home if you can," they know that once they sit on the floor to read with the children, there's no memory of the arctic cold.

How Science Can Help Us Measure and Improve the Well Being of Foster Youth

Michael Piraino | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The three key goals of child welfare policy in the United States are the child's safety, permanency and well-being. Of these three goals, the child's well-being often seems to be the most elusive goal.

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.

No More Trashbag Kids

Michael Piraino | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The nature of foster care in the United States creates at least two mindsets that are particularly damaging to foster children. These do not arise from experiences within the system, and from adult perceptions, that focus on failure.

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

Black or White? Let's Talk About Gray

Donna M. Butts | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Kevin Costner has taken on race in his new movie Back or White. But really it's about family. What he's done is shine a light on the changing face of families in America and reminded us of what's important.

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 03.29.2015 | 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 03.28.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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...