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Foster Care

Nobody Cancelled

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The joy our volunteers know awaits them is motivation to keep their promise to be here. Despite the meteorologist's urging, "Severe weather warning, stay home if you can," they know that once they sit on the floor to read with the children, there's no memory of the arctic cold.

How Science Can Help Us Measure and Improve the Well Being of Foster Youth

Michael Piraino | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The three key goals of child welfare policy in the United States are the child's safety, permanency and well-being. Of these three goals, the child's well-being often seems to be the most elusive goal.

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.

No More Trashbag Kids

Michael Piraino | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The nature of foster care in the United States creates at least two mindsets that are particularly damaging to foster children. These do not arise from experiences within the system, and from adult perceptions, that focus on failure.

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

Black or White? Let's Talk About Gray

Donna M. Butts | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Kevin Costner has taken on race in his new movie Back or White. But really it's about family. What he's done is shine a light on the changing face of families in America and reminded us of what's important.

The Sons Who Were Never Really Mine

Lauren Casper | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

When they got sick, I wrapped them in blankets and held them close. We laughed and splashed at bath time, we picnicked in the mountains. I was there when they first saw the ocean. But now I am a stranger in Walmart.

A Reading Buddy

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When you are a child, reading alone can be lonely. If you don't know the meaning of a word, there's no one to ask, and if you stumble on a pronunciation, no one will help you smooth it out. So we decided to design a pilot program called "Pajama Program Reading Buddy Plus.

The Voiceless in a Failing System

Matt Hartman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

In this country, the plights of youth in the foster care system are often brought to attention in the abstract, with former foster parents or social workers commenting on the difficulties and the problems of the system. Yet, the voice lacking is that of the youth who experience the system.

A New Organization and a New Focus: Enabling Children and Families to Succeed

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Adam Pertman

When families struggle to address the consequences of children's early adversity, they should be able to receive -- as a matter of course integral to the adoption process, and not as an "add-on" that can be subtracted -- services that meet their needs and sustain them.

Survival Is Not Enough: Help Children Thrive, Not Just Survive

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

The child who has at least one stable, adult relationship experiences a greater measure of success than a child who grows up alone in a well-intentioned government supported system of care.

What the Ailing LA County Child Welfare System Needs in 2015

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 01.16.2015 | Los Angeles
Joseph M. Costa

To commit to this renewed focus on child welfare will require the Supervisors to muster the political resolve to tackle very sensitive issues and require additional resources. Only time will tell if their "resolution" will translate into decisive action.

How to Invest in Miracles

Harriet McDonald | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

By the time they were 18, each boy had lived in multiple foster homes. They survived their childhoods without compassion or stability. The idea of being "cared for" was a foreign concept.

Being Mom: Why I Chose to Not Have Biological Children

Dylan Kendall | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Dylan Kendall

I didn't choose to become a foster mom because I couldn't have my own children. I chose to become a foster mom because a young person needed me and my desire to mother has never been centered on my genetics, but on my ability to love and care for others.

Books as Chariots

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So many youngsters and teens alike are facing difficult days as the holidays near. They are in search of another world, a more loving community, a l...

I'll Keep That In Mind

Stephanie Giese | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I do not owe you an explanation, and I think anger is a healthy reaction to what this child has endured in his very short lifetime. As you huff and pull your children away from our "bad example," I will roll my eyes and remind myself that you do not know what you do not know.

I'm Over 50 And Adopted Two Children And So Can You

High50 | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
High50

Adopting in your 50s is a lot more common than people think and the process doesn't have to be drawn out. Celebrities are among the growing number of our generation who are choosing to adopt.

Home for the Holidays with a Grand Family

Donna M. Butts | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

They had all the love in their hearts but not the dollars in the bank. And it takes money to raise a child.

Giving Back One Small Step at a Time

Georgie Smith | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Georgie Smith

But all it takes is simple, small acts of kindness to change a single life for the better. When we all do it together, our collective efforts create real change.

Marquis Cabrera Helps Others With 'Foster Skills'

Nadine Cheung | Posted 12.01.2014 | Good News

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Rebecca Adams

You Don't Have To Adopt To Make A Huge Impact On The Life Of A Foster Child

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Adams | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents

When Justin Pasquariello was only 7 months old, his birth father died, leaving his mother to care for her newborn while battling schizoaffective disor...

Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were.

They Have Each Other and Just Need a Family

Rhea Perlman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Rhea Perlman

Josh is 14, Alize (pronounced a-li-zay) is 9. These kids are as sweet as they come. Josh is a strong, bright boy who likes math, science, basketball and all sports. He's a big Dodgers fan. Alize is pretty, petite, and soft-spoken. Her eyes twinkle with excitement.

When There's No Going Home

Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN

It's high time that we understand the lost human capital of foster care children and be proactive in our approach to to usher them into adulthood -- really, just another three to five years -- the right way.

The Pathway to Recovery from Childhood Trauma

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

I am not my PTSD. I never was - and never will be - crazy. The trauma therapy, however hellish, is a pill I must swallow. Through it, I will heal. The darkness in my life will, someday soon, brighten, and I will excel when that time comes.