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Foster Care

Wanted: One Forever Family

Rhea Perlman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

2012-06-08-Screenshot20120608at12.58.22PM.jpgMost days Odalyz, Zamantha and Angel are not together. They are in separate foster homes. They need to be adopted. They need a family to live with and be a part of. Forever. That's all they need.

From the Mouths of Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.31.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I have learned a lot about life from some very smart people: children. Some of the simplest, purest truths have been told to me by six-year-olds.

Will This Controversial Court Decision Help Or Hurt Kids?

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 05.29.2012 | Los Angeles

MIAMI -- A California judge's decision to open a county's child welfare hearings earlier this year has energized a debate among advocates in other sta...

Commemorating National Foster Care Month

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 07.24.2012 | Parents
Rep. Karen Bass

The health and happiness of foster children is in our hands, and together, with assistance from our communities, we can provide the same care that we give to our loved ones.

Saki Knafo

Grandparents Raising More Kids Amid Bad Economy, Wars | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.23.2012 | Parents

Adrian Charniak's grandson was born with cocaine in his blood. That's the first reason the Illinois child welfare agency decided the boy's parents wer...

Foster Care Counts

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

It is "Foster Mother's Day" and Gabbi is one of 2,200 foster children and their families who will cycle through Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker's 1.24-acre home and garden on Los Angeles' West Side.

The Only Mommy War Worth Waging

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

When it comes to issues of motherhood, there is one issue I care about: some kids don't have one.

For Joni's Whole Life

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.07.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We often hear about children in our Pajama Program reading groups who are transferred -- children we'll probably never see again. I can't help but won...

None of the Poor Children Matter

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.06.2012 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Joan's mom died about a year before Joan's troubles began. Her pregnancy, jail time and homelessness began after her once life-long guardian was no longer there to protect her.

New Student Aid Limitations Could Challenge Former Foster Youths

Ryann Blackshere | Posted 07.02.2012 | Education
Ryann Blackshere

Looming changes to the Federal Pell Grant Program will jeopardize the college prospects of former foster youth, who often start toward higher education with no academic credentials and high financial needs.

A New Solution For Child Welfare

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.30.2012 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Many of our public systems have embraced supportive housing for their highest need populations. And now child welfare agencies are poised to incorpora...

The Violence Against Women Act Helps Children, Too

Michael Piraino | Posted 06.27.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Children who grow up in abusive homes can become healthy adults. They need positive role models, therapy and support. Fortunately, there are systems and programs in place to help these children. Some are funded through the Violence Against Women Act.

A Stranger Makes Magic

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

It was amazing to see him nestling close to her in complete silence, as she read to him page by page. Genna had no idea about Timothy's past behavior. She had no idea what magic had happened.

Ripples of Change...

Tom W. Watson | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Tom W. Watson

My birth parents were ill-prepared to care for me as an infant, and I was taken into custody by the Ministry of Social Services at the tender age of one. During the following four years, I endured emotional trauma and physical abuse.

The Raindrop That Changed My Life

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

As the children came into the room to sit and read with me, I gave each one a pair of pajamas. One little girl wouldn't take pajamas from me. She stood perfectly still, looked up at me, and asked in a whisper, "What are these?"

Focusing on Foster Care

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 05.28.2012 | Black Voices
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

Far too often, attention is only given to the failures of the foster care system. As necessary as this may be, only through greater awareness of both the system's failures and accomplishments can we better serve our children in need.

Momentum for Children's Welfare, Equality

Rep. Pete Stark | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Rep. Pete Stark

We should be opening up more homes to kids, not denying qualified parents who are willing to provide a safe and stable home to children solely because of their sexual orientation or marital status. The only criteria in adoption and foster care placements should be what is in the child's best interest.

On the Outskirts of Skid Row

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

California's much-maligned community college system stands an important but tenuous bulwark against homelessness for former foster youth.

Her Name Is Mom

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

A little boy once asked me, "If the children don't have moms, how do they grow up?" He looked very puzzled. It was a good question and I didn't have a good answer for him.

The Business of Foster Care

Ryann Blackshere | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Ryann Blackshere

College students excitedly anticipate opening their mailboxes to find care packages filled with food, school supplies, and other college essentials sent from mom and dad. But for students who grew up in foster care, the care packages don't often come.

A National Foster Care Movement

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Over the span of the past two weeks, from my unique vantage point, I have seen two telling signs that the national movement to improve foster care is growing and, more importantly, developing the infrastructure for a sustained, youth-driven political movement.

Pajamas, Like Brown Bag Lunches, Mean Someone Cares

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Laura and her young friend Maurice, shared meals at the start of their relationship, but it wasn't until an impromptu conversation about lunchtime did Laura learn the true meaning of a brown bag lunch.

"Adoption" Needs to Become a Buzz Word in the Social Lexicon of America

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.30.2012 | Parents
Steven Kurlander

Any adoptive mother or father will tell you that the memory of the first day they held, hugged and began bonding with their adopted child is the strongest remembrance of fulfillment in a lifetime.

Desperate to Be the Girl They Would Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.21.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I have always felt enormous compassion for the teenagers in foster care. Recently, I got to know a woman named Ivy.

An Adoption Plan With A Happy Ending

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

As an adoption medicine specialist for more than 20 years, I have read and agonized over the social histories of thousands of children adopted domestically and internationally.