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Foster Care

Pushing Foster Care Into National Consciousness

Matt Hartman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Everyday, we hear about issues -- ranging from fights over dresses to fights overseas. Yet, lacking are the tales of America's downtrodden -- those mo...

Rewards in Foster Parenting: Rewards in Love

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.30.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dr. John DeGarmo

Before I was a foster parent, I had some mixed views about the foster care system. To say that I was unaware and ignorant of what foster care was about is quite the understatement.

Kindness Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Imagine being a child in foster care, shuffled from home to home with your belongings in a trash bag. Or an elderly woman living alone with little to eat and no family to help you. This week at The Pollination Project our grantees have found ways to bring small kindnesses into the lives of others.

What If You Saved One Life This Year?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

What if you chose to save one life this year? What if you cared enough to do something about children who are suffering?

Empowering Youth in Child Welfare and Foster Care Through the Gift of Sleep-Away Camp

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 07.23.2015 | New York
Bill Baccaglini

Many readers have experienced the magic of summer camp--days spent basking in the sun, swimming and splashing around the pool or lake, playing sports,...

As If Children Mattered

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Adults matter to children. Whether it is the earth, the seas, or the air we breathe, we cannot destroy our planet's assets and hope to survive, let alone prosper. These young at risk are also our "assets," whose untapped potential is being wasted.

You Are Ignoring Children In Need.

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

You are ignoring children in need. You felt strongly about gay marriage rights, and you fought for them, putting all your energy into it.

Foster Parenting: Why We Care for Kids in Need

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

"Let me talk about this with my wife, and I will call you back," I said to the case worker, before saying goodbye to her. It was just past dinner tim...

Where Will the Children Go Next?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

. No child should be tossing and turning in bed in too-tight old and dirty jeans. No child should cry herself to sleep feeling alone in the dark. No child deserves to be afraid at night because tomorrow she is being transferred to another "new place."

Star Power for Foster Youth

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

At the beginning of the summer two NYC foster care landmarks were told they were no longer going to be funded. This happens a lot. Not so much in NYC but all over the country. Nonprofits lose their funding. Well intentioned groups disappear. That wouldn't be the case this time.

We Should Never Stop Striving to Improve the Odds for Young People Aging Out of Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Gary Stangler

It's a very real challenge: hundreds of thousands of young people in this country have aged out of foster at the very young age of 18 -- many without achieving permanent family connections.

Back to the Future's Claudia Wells: Shining Brighter Than Ever Before

Sarah Cannata | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Sarah Cannata

As a journalist and writer, you get to meet and interview your fair share of people from all walks of life. So when my friend and Global Twitter Marketing Specialist, Keith Keller, offered to introduce me to Back to the Future star Claudia Wells, I jumped at the chance.

Better Parenting Means No Pictures: Stopping Child Sex Predators

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

For a brief time, our nation will act horrified, angered, and shocked, crying for action. Yet, in a short time, you will abandon this issue and forget about Jared Fogle, just like you did the Duggar family, and move on to the next American scandal.

Beware the Summer Tax Hikes, Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at five new or increased taxes Illinois and Chicago residents could be subjected to by the end of the summer.

The Joy of Caring for Children in Need

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.06.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

Can I share something with you? Being a parent has been the second best thing I have ever done. The first, of course, was marrying my wife! To be sure, being a parent has made me a much better person, in so many ways.

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.