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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 04.30.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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.

This Group Is Fulfilling More Than Just The Basic Needs Of LA's Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Anna-Catherine Brigida | Posted 04.24.2015 | Impact

Demonque Williams exited the foster care system at age 18 in 2010 with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Now 22, he still does not have a stabl...

Stop and Be a Child Again

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Children are always in the moment. Watching them reminds us what it felt like when we were kids. We played too, we had fun, we were spontaneously in the moment... and we laughed. You remember that, right?

Angel Enters Foster Care Through Probation's Door

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

In the foster care system, it has long been recognized that to cut all aid at age 18 was to invite poor outcomes with disproportionately high numbers of foster youth experiencing homelessness, incarceration and diminished educational opportunity.

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.