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Foster Youth Questival 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

After four years, and taking dozens of novice climbers up Mt. Shasta, I know that I have helped to impart a little beauty into those lives. And to know that beauty, calm and sense of accomplishment lives on without me makes it all worth it.

LGBT Teens Find Sanctuary in Foster Care

LD Thompson | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
LD Thompson

We have taken on a Master Class of sorts, how to start a non-profit organization and build from the ground up a home that heals the hearts and troubled souls of our young. Please join us in our endeavor. These kids are worth the investment. And we can guarantee a high rate of return.

I Am Not A Saint. I Am A Foster Mom

Angelique Mattin Russell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Angelique Mattin Russell

I did not "rescue" my boys any more than I rescued my daughter from my womb. I welcomed all of my children into my home as members of my family. We had no way to predict how successful it would be but we gave it our all. Did I get lucky? Absolutely, four times over.

Children Are in Need of Families, and You May Be the Perfect Fit

Rita Soronen | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Rita Soronen

There are many ways to help make a difference, but the most direct and surest way to make a profound, life-changing impact in the life of a child who has experienced abuse or neglect is to adopt a waiting child from the foster care system.

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.

Google Would Never Hire a Person Like Me

Anthony Mays | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Anthony Mays

I am super proud to be a Googler. My background isn't normal compared to the rest of my colleagues-not by a long shot. But I am convinced that Google wants to give everyone a fair shot, no matter where they're from or what they look like.

Foster Care... Inspiring Potential in All of Us

Rhea Perlman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

With over 400,000 children in the foster care system today it's often difficult for children over thirteen to get out of the system and into a "forever" home. Gloriously, some do succeed.

Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud... Who Is Really at Risk?

Chris Mettler | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Chris Mettler

With the number of identity theft cases steadily on the rise, it's becoming clear that identity theft isn't just a problem for adults. Children are the new targets of identity theft fraudsters.

A Digital Solution to the Overprescription of Medications for Foster Children

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Wendy Lazarus

Children in foster care are prescribed powerful mood-changing drugs at rates 2.7 to 4.5 times higher than other children in Medicaid. These high rates suggest widespread overprescribing.

Behind the Smiles: The of National Foster Care Month

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

Then June 1st will appear and we disappear from your consciousness. We go back to being the first or last story on the newscast. We become the story on your newsfeed you pass by. We fade back into the background.

We Can Save Foster Children Only by Educating Them

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Bill Baccaglini

When President Obama recognized May 2015 as National Foster Care Month, his Proclamation honored "those who dedicate themselves to making a difference." As the month draws to a close, those of us working in the foster care trenches need to take a hard look at where we are still failing these children.

Every Kid Needs a Family

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

By definition, the young people who come into our child welfare systems already have suffered the trauma of family disruption. Without family, children are ill equipped to beat the odds stacked against them. Every kid needs a family, and every kid deserves one.

Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children who come into foster care often have been exposed to multiple traumatic events including the removal from their families, and may be at higher risk for mental health problems and emotional disorders. Too often multiple medications may be used without other kinds of effective treatments that might better address the underlying trauma children are experiencing.

Foster Care Youth: We Are Everyone & No One's Responsibility

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Basile

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so it seems a fitting time to admit that I, too, am a foster youth survivor. I entered into the system in my early teens and aged out, and I say 'survivor' because it feels like a war.

Foster Mother's Day 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

When many people think about foster care, their thoughts immediately go to the heart wrenching headlines they read in the newspaper. The system is broken, we are taught to believe. Child protection's primary goal is to rip families apart, we think.

Honoring the Choices: Infertility

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

Infertility, for me, has been reabsorbed and accepted. But it took a long, largely invisible, time. I am a different woman for it.

A Mother's Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day we hear stories about extraordinary women who stand up for children who are alone and neglected, women who have families of their own and take steps to adopt a child, take in a troubled teen, open their arms and homes to abandoned, sometimes sick babies.

We Are Failing an Arena's Worth of Kids, EVERY year! {How to Make a Difference Beyond National Foster Care Month}

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Madeleine Melcher

The time is now. Not before another 23,000 or more age out. Could you look at each of those faces and tell them they are not worth your time? Your voice? A family? Because they are -- it could just as easily be you or I or our best friend.

To Grandma's House We Go... and Stay

Donna M. Butts | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

She was six years old when she left home on her bike with a suitcase she packed with clothes and another filled with toys. To grandma's house she went. But this was no picnic. And the big, bad wolf? He was a father fueled by alcohol.

Honoring All Mothers on Mother's Day

Mirah Riben | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Every one of us has at least one woman who served a part in our being here and/or being raised to the best of their ability. May we open our hearts to ALL mothers - not just those who might be featured in a Hallmark special.

This Isn't Just a Skateboard

Danielle Gletow | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

When I started One Simple Wish in 2008 a few people told me they probably wouldn't ever grant a wish because they didn't think giving kids "stuff" was really going to make much of a difference in their lives.

These Two Moms Share The Story Of Building Their Beautiful Family Through Foster Care

Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Today, we launch National Foster Care Awareness Month by featuring a couple in our Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family...

Feds Pay for Drug Fraud: 92 Percent of Foster Care, Poor Kids Prescribed Antipsychotics Get Them for Unaccepted Uses

Art Levine | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Art Levine

The release in late March of an alarming new report by federal investigators has confirmed in shocking new detail what has been known for years: Poor and foster care kids covered by Medicaid are being prescribed too many dangerous antipsychotic drugs at young ages for far too long -- mostly without any medical justification at all.

Grieving Mama Cat Who Lost All Three Babies Matched With Three Abandoned Kittens

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 06.29.2015 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Mikey, an eight month old cat, was inconsolable. She had three kittens, born too early. They were weak and one by one, they died. Mikey's owner Hillary tried everything she could think of to save the babies. Watching her cat suffer, Hillary was desperate for help and called Dori's Darlings, a cat rescue organization run by Dori Hillman in Houston.

My Struggle To Survive As A Homeless Youth

Kristopher Sharp | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Kristopher Sharp

My life is proof that we can change the future of thousands of youth forced into homelessness by simply valuing their lives, making investments into their futures, and recognizing that they are worth more than a few bucks and some leftover lunch. I am worth something -- and so is every other homeless youth.