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Children Need a Family to Thrive

Rhea Perlman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Hi y'all. It's been a while since I wrote for this blog. Meanwhile life has gone on and there's a whole new batch of kids in the foster care system ...

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan Ferriss March 26, 2014 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit,...

Child Abuse: The Deadly Cost of Inattention and Inaction

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The Miami Herald investigated 477 deaths of children that were a part of the child welfare system in the State of Florida. It also highlights another critical fact: our nation's most vulnerable cannot be protected on the cheap.

The Most Tragic Consequence of Child Maltreatment

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The abuse and neglect of children can have awful consequences that last a lifetime. And sometimes that lifetime is all too short. Child maltreatment k...

Jaw-Dropping Film Will Change The Way You Feel About Foster Care

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact

"Sometimes someone hurts you so bad, it stops hurting at all. Until something makes you feel again, and then it all comes back: every word, every ...

Lawmaker Presents Foster Care Alternative For Homeless Teens

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

A new bill proposed in California offers homeless teens an alternative to foster care and juvenile detention, two systems proponents say often fail yo...

Yes, I Want to Take Them All Home

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you...

Point to Yourself

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Somebody asked me for advice the other day. I told her if I had one word for her, or anyone, about leading a fulfilling life, I would say "Give."

The Internet Cheers For Little Girl Whose Adoption Finally Became Official

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 02.06.2014 | Parents

Amanda and Jacob Self were married in 2010 and wanted to start a family right away. After several miscarriages, Amanda brought up the idea of foster p...

A Continuing Portrait of Inequality: The Black Child in Today's America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Black history is American history. I hope this Black History Month is not just about our history but about our obligation to protect our children and move our nation forward in our multiracial world.

Friends in Cold Times

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When we are hit with snowstorms or worse, many of us have friends we can turn to, places to stay for a while. So many families don't have this support, these types of friends. They're all in the same boat. Their children are huddled together.

One Good Thing About the 113th Congress: Ending Child Trafficking in the U.S.

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

There is no question that folks are tired and fed up with this Congress. What is not known to many, is that this past year, significant numbers of Senators and Representatives have powerfully stood up for some of our most hurt, victimized and forgotten girls.

Raising Adam: The Importance of Teaching Standards to Children

Fatima Scipio | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Fatima Scipio

Children have to learn critical thinking skills as well as social skills that will help them to interact in diverse environments. But most importantly, we have to teach them that they are priceless.

This Video Is The Only Thing You Need To Watch To Understand That It's Love That Makes A Family

Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News

A few years ago, Ben and Renee Welstead adopted two beautiful little girls, Cora and Ruby, through the foster care system. Theirs is a beautiful st...

It Is Said That With Love, the Return Is a Hundredfold

Diana Mao | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Diana Mao

This story unleashes the spirit of giving, love, and the true meaning of Christmas. It is an inspiration in the midst of all of the holiday festivities. Look around and see whom you may be able to bless.

Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Last month I recalled the story of Antwone Fisher, who was informed upon aging out of foster care at 18 years old that he was on his own. He was directed to a nearby homeless shelter, and left to figure out the rest himself. That continues to happen every day across the United States.

How Information is Changing the World: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day of the week, The Pollination Project provides $1,000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.

January -- March, Let the Holidays Last for the Children!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Christmas is coming! New Year's is almost here! The season has come and gone so fast! All true... but we know that for tens of thousands of children ...

What It Truly Means to Foster a Pet

Rescue Idiot | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Rescue Idiot

Her name was Fergie, she had been at the shelter for almost two years. She was rescued from a local town shelter at only six months old. A family want...

Straight from the Heart: Fostering Joy

Patty Boles | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Patty Boles

Little did we realize that our desire for another child would come true 10 times. Or that we would care for over 100 sick and medically fragile babies.

Celebrating Success for Foster Children on Adoption Day

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.27.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I couldn't help but tear up when a little girl told the crowd that "adoption is when your auntie becomes your mommy." So much power in one sentence.

Finding My Purpose in a Pair of Pajamas

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Just as important as finding your purpose is where it leads you, who it touches, what it changes, and the larger effect it has on the greater good. Sometimes your purpose leads you to a place you could never imagine -- case in point -- pajamas.

Lucky-Dad Parking

Allen Delong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allen Delong

When people say, "Those boys are so lucky!" I'm quick to counter that I am the lucky one, to be entrusted with their care. Maybe that's my sign at the grocery store, a succinct description of a single gay man who adopted older biological siblings: "Lucky-dad parking."

A Happy Ending For 150 Foster Kids

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

Two-year-old Angel was among 150 foster children who gained a "forever family" Friday, as Los Angeles led the rest of the country in celebrating Natio...