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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

Layups for Life Skills: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven individuals from across the globe who have projects that are leading movements of change. In ...

What You Need to be Teaching Your Child Today

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

When many of our children go online today, this lesson of etiquette is often forgotten. For many children in foster care, lessons of etiquette were never taught to begin with.

An Open Letter to My Foster Son, 10 Years Later

Danielle Gletow | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Danielle Gletow

Dear Antonio, My name is Danielle. You probably don't remember me, but you used to call me "Mom" sometimes. You made me a mom, even if for a short time. I will always treasure that, and I will always treasure you.

A Call to Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In New York City, over 150,000 children under five are poor. Last year, nearly 20,000 of these children slept in homeless shelters - enough to fill Madison Square Garden. From the moment they're born, children in poverty face an uphill struggle to survive, thrive and learn with so many odds stacked against them.

Mothers Come in Different Forms

Mary Lee | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Mary Lee

There are more than 400,000 foster children in state custody right now. Every year, more than 20,000 age out without being reunited with their biological family or finding a new one through adoption.

Stories of Mother Love

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As we celebrate mothers and grandmothers, foster mothers, and all those who step in to parent children in need, let's pledge to take responsibility not only for our own children and grandchildren but for all children, or at least for one child who may not be our own.

Happy Mother's Day to Imperfect Moms

Dr. Felicia Clark | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Dr. Felicia Clark

Each year, on Mother's Day, we have the pleasure of thanking our moms for being wonderful, selfless, sacrificial angels who are there for us every step of the way.

Bring Me Hope: Foster Parenting Through Tough Times

Terra Trevor | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Terra Trevor

For older kids who have experienced much loss, those losses and abandonment issues will surface at holidays, on anniversaries, and at other times when we least expect it. Marker events bring out an old sadness and it gets mixed up in our current family life, and masked sadness often surfaces as anger.

What You Can Do To Help A Child in Need. Right Now! Today!

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

I get it. Not everyone can be a foster parent. I certainly understand. As one who has been a foster parent for over 50 children the past 13 years, ...