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Foster Care

'Should We Take Guardianship Of My Difficult Niece?'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 02.15.2017 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Are we being selfish and giving up too soon--is it selfish to think we're asking too much of ourselves and our kids? Or are we recognizing our limitations for handling a child who will need extra consistency, attention, and will eventually have to deal with the trauma she's repressing so far?

Something New for Bedtime Tells these Children "You are Special"

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.15.2017 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Sometimes people ask me why all of our pajamas are new. Here's why: besides the basic hygiene issue, there is something wonderful about brand new paj...

7 Things You Should Never Say To A Foster Parent

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 02.07.2017 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

They are meant as words of comfort and words of support. However, so many times, the words are hurtful, instead. During my fifteen years as a foster...

Caring For Yourself As You Care For Children In Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.27.2017 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

I needed this time alone, and I could tell right away that I would be better for it, and my family would benefit from it, as well.

Today's Youth Are Being Encouraged To Commit Suicide Through Social Media

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.25.2017 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

For many youth who suffer from abuse, neglect, and depression, they often feel that they have no control of their lives. Indeed, the only place these children often can gain some sort of control is online, usually through the means of social networking.

How To Help Your Own Children While Caring For Foster Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.24.2017 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

My children are a very important part of my foster parenting. Without them, my wife and I would not have been able to foster the forty plus children ...

How Foster Parenting Has Changed Me

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.05.2017 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

To my fellow foster parents, thank you for what you do. Thank you for making sacrifices in your own life to care for those in need. Thank you for loving children without abandon, and as family. Thank you for changing the lives of those in need. May your own lives be changed, as well.

Simone Biles Shares Empowering Message With Foster Kids

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.05.2017 | Black Voices

Simone Biles wants to ensure “there are no limits” for foster children. In the Jan. 16 issue of People magazine, the Olympic gold medalist opened ...

10 New Year Resolutions For Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

With more children in foster care now than in years past, the foster care system in the United States is in need of attention, and in some ways, in ne...

Boy Has The BEST Reaction To Being Adopted After 832 Days In Foster Care

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.22.2016 | Parents

On the day he was adopted, the look on 3-year-old Michael Brown’s face truly said it all. Michael was placed with his third foster family, Tara Mont...

The Alarming Rise of Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 03.17.2017 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

For many years, there had been a decrease in the number of children being placed into the foster care system in the United States of America. Yet, for...

A Sweeping Reform Of The Foster Care System Is Hanging By A Thread

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Responding to an outcry from a sprawling network of group homes in North Carolina, Sen. Richard Burr (R) led a surprise rebellion this ...

Why The Holidays Might Be A Sad Time For Foster Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.02.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

So many dates on the calendar, so many reasons to celebrate, so many different ways. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanzaa; these are times that can be extremely difficult for many foster children.

29 Joy-Filled Photos Of Kids Adopted From Foster Care

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.02.2016 | Parents

There are over 100,000 kids in the U.S. foster care system awaiting adoption. That’s why organizations like Together We Rise work to promote foster ...

The Truth About Foster Parents

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.29.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

The news isn't always good about foster parents like me.

Money Really Does Grow On Trees: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.09.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

They say that money does not grow on trees but ask the Incas, Aztecs and Costa Rica's Chorotega people and they'd say otherwise. Before Europeans arri...

Families Under One Roof

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.25.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

CSH has launched One Roof to change the lives of vulnerable families struggling at the intersection of homelessness and child welfare involvement, and...

Top 10 Ways To Change Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.20.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

I am often asked what I would like to see happen differently in the foster care system. With that in mind, I thought I might share my top 10 changes I would like to see happen in the foster care world.

Adoption Is Not Second Best

Danielle Helzer | Posted 10.07.2016 | Parents
Danielle Helzer

I found my kids when I needed them and when they needed me. I wanted to tell this woman, a near stranger, that my kids: They aren't second best; adoption is not second best. For us, it was the best.

What Will Happen To My Baby When I Die?

Danielle Gletow | Posted 09.24.2016 | Women
Danielle Gletow

This fear may seem overly dramatic. I am 38 years old. I'm not overweight. I'm not a smoker. I don't drink excessively or eat poorly. I run three to four times a week. Looking at me, you'd assume I'm quite healthy. And you'd be correct. Sort of.

The Power of YOUR Words

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

You know the saying. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." A great saying that is taught to our children over and over, from one generation to the next, and from household to another. Yet, it is a lie.

Why I Cry As A Father

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

I allow them to see Daddy cry.

The Art of Using Film to Transform the Lives of Formerly-Incarcerated Youth

NationSwell | Posted 09.22.2016 | Impact

Comics, with their rowdy action boxed within firm, familiar lines and violence reduced to harmless bams, thwacks and kapows, give Mario Rivera the abi...


Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We never know what difficulty someone may be going through when we meet them...or when we receive a letter from them. In person, their demeanor and bo...

When Grandkids Need You To Care For Them, What Are Your Legal Options?

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 09.15.2016 | Fifty
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

Your adult child and their spouse have been struggling lately to take care of their kids. Maybe work is too much, or other issues are lurking beneath the surface that are endangering your grandchildren's well-being and making it best that they live with a different caregiver. Should that caregiver be you?