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NFL Stars, Celebs Flash Back To #WhenIWas18 To Support Foster Youth

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact

Celebrities, from number one NFL draft pick Alex Smith to "Scandal" star Tony Goldwyn, keep it real about their teen years in a video for #WhenIW...

What the Media Is NOT Telling You About Dads Like Me

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

I often joke that our front door is a revolving one, as neighbor kids and my own children's friends seem to come and go, without invitation. This past Christmas time saw our home to 23 children in our home, on one particular day. I felt it was important to show my children that we care for all kids, regardless of background, shape, size, color or belief.

Get Ready...Get Set...Four Things All Foster Youth Should Do Before They Turn 18

Mary Lee | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Mary Lee

If you were a typical teenager, turning 18 meant finishing high school, proms, college trips. But for the more than 22,000 young people who turn 18 in foster care this year in the United States, approaching the age of official adulthood is a different matter.

How Hillary Clinton Inspired a Foster Youth to Become a Lawyer

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, I have time and again seen the power of positive mentorship. With encouragement and opportunity, many of the roughly 424,000 children in America's foster system go on to lead successful lives.

Why My Fellow LGBTQ Iowans Should Caucas For Gov. Martin O'Malley

Kai McGee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kai McGee

Upon taking office, O'Malley brought in new leadership to fix the broken system in a comprehensive manner. His staff was first directed to reform child welfare with a simple credo: Nothing matters more to a child than a place to call home.

Five myths about foster care adoption

Rita Soronen | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Rita Soronen

Lose 10 pounds. Read a book a week. Unplug from technology an hour a day. We all start a new year off optimistically, but too often we fall back in...

Who Knew What We Would Find

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Unexpected turns of fate happen every day ... One day something propels us off our path and we find ourselves in a whole new world ... something w...

The Trauma and Turmoil of Being Placed in YOUR Home: Uncertainty for Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.26.2016 | 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 chi...

This IS Our Problem: Fixing Foster Care in America, My Part (And Yours)

Danielle Gletow | Posted 01.26.2016 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Let's just all come together and loudly and proudly make a commitment that we will be one part of the very big village we know it takes to raise a healthy, happy child.

What Foster Parents Should Know About Emotional Investment

Jamie Nestrick | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents
Jamie Nestrick

As foster parents, we have to walk a fine line between being 100% emotionally invested in the kids in our care, but not at all attached to any par...

Feds Finally Putting Families First

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

Our Federal child welfare financing system gives states little incentive to invest in prevention and family services that help keep children safely at home.

The Reality of Child Sex Trafficking and Foster Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Child Sex Trafficking. It's an ugly secret that many in the 21st century simply do not know about. It is also an ugly dark secret that many today wi...

Is 2016 the Year That YOU Make a Difference?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

What if this were the year? What if this were the year that you made a difference? What if 2016 were the year that you finally decided to put good t...

'I Wish I Never Left'

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Holiday wishes are a big deal for all of us, but especially for children. And for the children we see, we know how sacred a simple wish can be.

Florida Leverages Predictive Analytics to Prevent Child Fatalities -- Other States Follow

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I submitted a public comment in response to the Department of Health and Human Services' proposed rule changes updating existing SACWIS regulations to CCWIS.

Why I Do Nothing on Christmas Day

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

As a parent of over 50 children the past 18 years, through adoption, foster care, and my own biological children, each day is pretty busy for my wife and I. Visitations for my children from foster care with upset birth parents, untold amounts of doctor visits with sick children, homework, bath time, laundry for up to 11 kids at one time, and of course 75,982 diapers changed in 18 years (my best estimate!)

An Adoption Story: Planting the Seeds of Hope Part 2

Michelle Colon-Johnson | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Michelle Colon-Johnson

If you have the opportunity to be a part of a child's story, you will not only be making a difference in their lives, but in all the lives of those who they might touch throughout their lives.

An Adoption Story: Planting The Seeds Of Hope Part 1 of 2

Michelle Colon-Johnson | Posted 12.12.2015 | Parents
Michelle Colon-Johnson

When couples look to adoption they sometimes wonder if they can love an adopted child as they do a biological one. The Rubels express while it has not been an easy road that there is no question of the love they have for the children. They are their children and that their love is unconditional for them.

After No Child Left Behind, The Struggle For Education Equality Continues

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The new Every Student Succeeds Act begins a new era, but it is one without needed federal accountability and with the hopes that states will fulfill their crucial responsibility to educate all their children fairly and prepare them for work and life.

A Time of Joy, A Time of Grief: The Holidays and Foster Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

The holiday season is upon us. Christmas, Hanukah, New Years, Kwanzaa; these are times that can be extremely difficult for many foster children. During this time of holiday cheer, many foster children are faced with the realization that they will not be "home for the holidays," so to speak, with their biological family members.

Watch These Foster Kids Get The Christmas Gift Of A Lifetime

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents

Three foster kids were in for an emotional surprise when they unwrapped a very special Christmas present.  Oregon parents Sarah and Micha...

Home Is Everything for Children in Foster Care System

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents
Bill Baccaglini

Foster families will say that making their loving family permanent through adoption provides them as many rewards as it provides to their child. Giving a child stability and love -- reading bedtime stories, tucking them into bed, cheering them on at sporting events or praising good grades -- showing love in ways large and small - means everything.

9 Things Foster Parents Need to Know Before Writing to the Judge

Dawn Teo | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Dawn Teo

Many foster parents do not know that any "interested party" can communicate with the judge who oversees a dependency case.

Bedtime Memories 80 Years later

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Memories of our bedtimes don't go away. They aren't written down anywhere and sometimes it's a stretch to pull them up if we go looking for them. But once in a while a memory is triggered and comes rushing to the forefront, spilling over into our present.

There Are Too Many Stories of Foster Care Abuse

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Evey Rosenbloom

Today, when a child is taken by protective services, they are placed in any random persons home, as long as the person obtains a license to become a foster parent, is older than 18, and passes a criminal background check.