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D.C. Superior Court To Host 25th Adoption Day | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.18.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Happy stories coming out of the District of Columbia's Moultrie Courthouse are few and far between. But Saturday, there will be plenty o...

From Steve Jobs to Kids in Foster Care: Lessons During National Adoption Month

Adam Pertman | Posted 12.28.2011 | Impact
Adam Pertman

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, so media outlets nationwide will be writing stories about children whose lives are improved as a result of moving from foster care into permanent, loving families.

Hopeless to Harvard: Why Educational Stability for All Students in Federal Care Needs to Happen Now

Ryann Blackshere | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Ryann Blackshere

Nearly 70 percent of foster youth want to attend college, yet only 25 percent receive a high school diploma or GED and less than 6 percent receive an Associates or Bachelors degree.

No Foster Child Left Behind

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

Research consistently suggests that childhood trauma, placement instability and a myriad other factors leave many students in foster care far behind their peers in almost all academic measures.

The Public Equivalent of Love

David Kirp | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
David Kirp

We need a sea change in how we think about all children -- a kids-first approach. The guiding principle is as simple, and as powerful, as the Golden Rule

Is D.C.'s Foster Care System Preparing Children for Homelessness?

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 12.18.2011 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Since leaving the cozy confines of D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency six years ago, Denise Gibson has been riding around the city through the night on buses, and sleeping in stairwells.

Three Sisters Who Lost Everything Have the Most to Give: Filming In The Nest

Dylan Kendall | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Dylan Kendall

Without doubt there are a number of amazing homes for displaced youth around the world, but what makes the story of In The Nest that much more compelling is not its subject, but the storytellers themselves.

'It's The Same Tragic Story'

| Posted 11.30.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Bernice Yeung After a nine-year court battle, a landmark class-action settlement was p...

The Numbers Game: Making Sense of the Latest Research on Youth in Foster Care

Michael Piraino | Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Should we be hopeful? Or should we despair? I have been moving between these two emotions as I read the flurry of new research released in the past few weeks.

An Important New Documentary About Child Abuse

Mark Redmond | Posted 11.28.2011 | Parents
Mark Redmond

There are 463,000 children in foster care in the United States, and in Ask Us Who We Are, 9 adolescents tell stories that represent the experiences of the vast majority of all the others.

Parents Who Abducted Kids Feared Foster Care Abuse: Lawyer

AP | By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

PHILADELPHIA -- A New York City couple took their eight children from foster care and went on the run because some of them were being abused, their la...

8 NYC Kids Taken From Foster Care Found In Pa.

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 11.27.2011 | New York

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA -- Eight siblings allegedly taken from a New York child welfare agency by their mother last week ...

The "Aging Out" Dilemma Plaguing the Foster Care System

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 11.25.2011 | Latino Voices
Bill Baccaglini

If by creating short term programs to teach the necessary skills prior to turning 21 and by providing some additional support for a limited period of time afterwards, we can put that young adult on the path to a successful productive life. Isn't that worth it?

FBI Steps In To Find Shanel Nadal, Woman Who Kidnapped Her Eight Children

Posted 11.23.2011 | New York

The FBI has stepped in to help authorities locate Shanel Nadal, the 28-year old mother who kidnapped her eight children from a foster care home in Que...

More Transparency Required for D.C. Child Welfare

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 11.19.2011 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Most children in D.C.'s child welfare system are done more harm than good when the government gets involved in their lives.

No Child Should Be Raised in a System

Rhea Perlman | Posted 11.14.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Child welfare makes sure children are housed, clothed, and fed. It makes sure they go to school. It tries to address their medical needs if they have any. This is great and it's a good thing we have it. But a system isn't a parent. Even the system knows this.

Supporting Grandparents Caring for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

As rampant unemployment and housing foreclosures ravage families across our nation, an increasing number of children are living in households headed by grandparents and other relatives, often three generations sharing scarce resources due to the recession.


Christine James-Brown | Posted 11.08.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

Surprise, your children have children -- but they aren't caring for them well. All of the sudden you become the parents of your grandchildren, and your life takes an unplanned turn. This is now the reality for a growing number of senior citizens.

REACH to Invest in the Lives of America's Foster Youth

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | Impact
Paul Heroux

Currently, there are about half a million children residing in foster care within the United States. There are approximately 300,000 young adults, ages 18 to 25, who have spent at least one year in foster care. This is reason for concern.

States Pushed To Reveal How Many Adopted Kids Return To System

AP | By KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact

MIAMI (Associated Press) -- Deb and Doug Carlsons' adopted sons have trashed bedrooms, stolen credit cards and threatened to kill them. One drew a dis...

Catholic Charities Loses Same-Sex Adoption Fight In Illinois

Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) An Illinois judge has ruled that the state can terminate adoption and foster care services w...

Judge Hears Arguments In Catholic Charities Adoption Case

Posted 10.17.2011 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times A circuit court judge is weighing a claim by four Catholic charities that the state violated ...

When My Parents Were Help to The Help

Mark Olmsted | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
Mark Olmsted

We had two cleaning ladies, Mary and Nancy, a pair of sisters who alternated their weekly visits. One day, Nancy came to work in tears, unable not to cry in front of my mother. "They gonna take Mary's kids away," she sobbed.

$42 Million Grant Helps Foster Kids Age Out Of System

Memphis Daily News | Posted 10.03.2011 | Impact

Youth Villages, a Memphis-based national organization that provides a wide array of services to children and families in 11 states and Washington, wil...

The Robin Hood Effect

Peter Samuelson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

I spend a lot of time persuading people that selflessness can be selfish. Arguing self-interest in philanthropy may seem like an oxymoron, but it is often the difference between success and failure in fundraising.