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Girl Who Was Abused Writes Beautiful Note To Her Social Workers

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News

A young girl used some powerful words to express her gratitude for those who helped her when she needed it most. After enduring abuse as an infant...

The 10 Most Surprising Things About Foster Care

Dawn Teo | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Dawn Teo

Trust me when I tell you that there are foster families all around you. Foster families go to your church. Foster children go to school with your children. Foster children are on your children's sports teams. Your children are friends with them, but they don't know they are foster children.

Dear Family Whisperer: Fostering Family Grit' to Survive Adoption

Melinda Blau | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

here's the most important reason to include your son: The greatest gift we can give our children is the ability to cope with whatever life throws at us. Think of adoption as an opportunity to develop "family grit."

The Truth About Foster Parents and Foster Children

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

I have been many things in many life and a foster child and adoptee are just two of them, but I do know that without those who loved and cared for me, I would not be where I am or who I am today. For that, I will forever be grateful.

The Office of Child Abuse Prevention

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

While the commission quickly became a catch-all for everything child welfare, its true purpose was to do a better job of identifying which children were at highest risk of abuse, and find ways to better protect those that were.

11 Things An Adoptee Wants You To Know About Adoption

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

I know people in supermarkets and school registration lines always seem to have a lot of questions when they see a family that was obviously built through adoption, and I certainly get a lot about mine. This is what I want you to know to help you better understand adoption.

I Don't Want to Fail You: An Open Letter to Foster Children

Danielle Gletow | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

I want you to know that you matter. I want you to see past the simplicity and perhaps the overuse of that statement to the heart of what it means. You matter. Your ideas, your talents, your dreams, your wishes...they all matter.

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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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.