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Foster Care

This Thanksgiving, I'm Grateful For My Adopted Family

Mary Lee | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Mary Lee

We have a lot to be grateful for and this holiday season let's not forget about the more than 415,000 youth in foster care especially older youth. These youth are the most likely to get overlooked for adoption, but they shouldn't be.

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.

Why I Am Thankful to Be Called Daddy

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Without a doubt, each child that has come to live with me has made me a better person in some way. To me, there is no difference between biological, adoptive, or foster child; they are all children I have been fortunate enough to care for as my own.

How God is Calling us to Adopt His Children in Need.

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

When we adopt a child, we are modeling God's example, as He has adopted us into His family, so should we do the same with others.

Is Adoption Worth It?

Christina Romo | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

When I started working in the adoption world a little over nine years ago, I was an absolute proponent of adoption. I doubt there would have been anything anyone could have said or done to convince me that adoption was anything but wonderful.

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.

What It's Really Like To Be An Adoptive Parent

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents

When adoptive mother Whitney Smith began the adoption process, she was surprised to find that the experience was different from what she had e...

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.

Utah Couple Ordered To Surrender Foster Child Because They're Gay

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices

For the last three months, April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce have raised their foster child like their own. Now they claim that a Utah judge has order...

Foster Mom Offers A Fresh Take On The Starbucks Red Cup Controversy

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents

A viral Instagram post is offering a different perspective on the Starbucks red cup controversy. A photo posted by @fosterloveforeverhome on Nov 8,...

What I Wish Others Knew About Adoption

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

There will be difficult times during the adoption process, and afterwards too. It may seem, at times, that your relationship is going backwards. Yet with time, love and patience, adoptions are often one of the greatest gifts of love you can offer a child; a gift that will bless your family, as well.

A Special Gift for the Holidays: A Home and Family

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 11.09.2015 | New York
Bill Baccaglini

Picture yourself at home for the holidays, the smells of dinner coming from the kitchen, the sound of laughter throughout the house, family members on...

Embracing the Well-Being of Transgender Foster Youth

Shannan Wilber | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Shannan Wilber

The extreme vulnerability of transgender children and youth in foster care, and the specific harms they suffer when their caregivers ignore, denigrate or deny their gender identity is a serious public health problem.

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.

How Adoption Changed My Life

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

My family has grown by three children, bringing our total to six children, both biological and adoptive. Each child is unique, each child is special, and each child is deserving of such love. My love for them is equally the same, and equally as strong.

How Homophobia Is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices
DaShanne Stokes

I've never understood why so many of my foster care brothers and sisters continue to languish in the foster care system. In truth, they should have found homes a long time ago.

The 7 Questions We Hear Most Often As A Family-By-Adoption

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 11.02.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

My hope is that by sharing the answers to these seven frequently asked questions, I'll help you gain insight into adoption, the adoption community, and the need for more families to adopt children from our domestic foster care system.

The Church's Next Mission: Help Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

Today's churches have a tremendous mission opportunity before them; the mission to help children in foster care. Sadly, with roughly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States, the need is so very strong.

Gay Adoption: What to Expect and Helpful Tips

Andrew Branham | Posted 10.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Branham

I am hoping to shed some light on the adoption process with the hopes that others can learn from our mistakes. By following these guidelines, your adoption is much more likely to be an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

5 Things You Need to Survive as a Foster Parent

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

As a foster parent of over 45 children from foster care, there are those days when I am a whole lot worn out! That includes the 10 children in my home right now. Now, don't get me wrong, it is the most important "job" I have ever done, and it has made me a better person.

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.

Broken Adoptions: When "Forever" Is an Illusion

Mirah Riben | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

For many young people who are adopted out of the foster care system, the promise of a "forever family" is an illusion. In New York City, anecdotal data from child advocates suggests that thousands of children adopted out of foster care end up displaced from their adoptive home.

Here's Why Thousands of Teens Are in Danger and Society Does Not Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

Perhaps the biggest impact you can make with those who have aged out of the system is to become an advocate of change. By contacting lawmakers, politicians, and publicity agents you can bring attention to the needs of these young adults.

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.

4 Things Every Parent Should Do Before Their Kids Wake Up

Benjamin Hardy | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Benjamin Hardy

Here are the four things that have changed the father my kids interact with when they wake up in the mornings. I wish I could say it only impacts me. But I'd be lying. In a short period of time, our entire family dynamic has changed.