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A Summer Intern's Labor of Love

Lisa Sharkey | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Lisa Sharkey

As the summer draws to a close and students head back from the workplace to the classroom, what will they take away from a couple of months on the job?

Florida's Child Welfare Agencies Deserve a Fair Review of Kristina Hepp Case

Kurt Kelly | Posted 10.23.2013 | Miami
Kurt Kelly

The July 9 editorial, "When Foster Care Becomes Fatal," detailed the tragic death of Kristina Hepp but got several important details wrong.

ReThink Review: Short Term 12 - You Must See This Movie. Seriously.

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.22.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Short Term 12, a film starring Brie Larson as the supervisor of a foster home for at-risk teenagers, won the grand jury award at this year's South by Southwest film festival -- and if you see Short Term 12, you'll know exactly why.

Teen Girls Prove Their Power in the Middle

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The last "class" brought tears to our eyes and saying goodbye after just two weeks was difficult, actually downright depressing. We will miss them and the life they brought to our Reading Center every day.

Orange County Foster Youth Release Song and Music Video

Adam Steel | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Adam Steel

In 2012, three organizations partnered to give five Orange County foster and homeless youth the opportunity to pursue their musical dreams.

Aging Out of Foster Care: The Costs of Doing Nothing Affect Us All

Gary Stangler | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact
Gary Stangler

As parents, we know that our role in our children's lives goes far beyond providing them with the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. We also nurt...

Ramadan Reflection Day 18: Adoption, Foster Care and the World's Forgotten Children

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Throughout the Qur'an we find verse after verse that tells us to be kind to orphans and to treat with affection, care and dignity. We should all take a moment to reflect on what is keeping us from being of better assistance to those children who have no parents or families.

Short Term 12

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

I recently attended a screening of Short Term 12, a wonderful movie about a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers in Los Angeles. It was inspired by the real experience of the writer-director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who worked in the foster-care system, and it shows in its insight into the struggles of both the residents and the staff.

What Happens at Bedtime?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

It doesn't matter if you are in bed alone or with someone, those last few minutes before you fall asleep you are alone with your thoughts.

When Foster Care Becomes Fatal

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 09.08.2013 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

Armed with virtually no information about Mr. Roland other than the fact that he was the child's biological father, a case worker reportedly recommended that the child be given to Roland. Shortly after she was delivered to the hands of Roland, he murdered her.

My Healing From Her Illness

| Posted 06.24.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Represent Magazine, a platform for and by young people in foster care. Represent is published by Yo...

Literacy Through Love... and a Bedtime Story

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

All of us have a calling. Despite financial and administrative challenges, teachers respond to their calling with gusto. Every day their devotion to teach through love transcends the mindless pay cuts, budget slashes and never ending troubles they are up against.

My First Day as a Father

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

One day, in late July 2002, we got the call. A baby had been born. He was premature, six weeks early, born after his birth mother had ingested heroin. He weighed 4 pounds and had heroin in his system. We would be his foster parents for now, and, potentially, his permanent adoptive parents.

The Door to His Bedroom Past

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

As we ready our new Reading Center in NYC for Opening Day I am haunted by a call I received several years ago. The call came from a man who said he read about our Program and wanted to learn more. He asked a lot of questions and finally revealed, "I lived in an orphanage."

Hispanic Youth in Foster Care: Over-Represented or Not?

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Michael Piraino

"A historic number...record increase...startling phenomenon." These were some of the words that accompanied recent news articles about increases in the number of Hispanic children in foster care in the United States. The increases are real.

Foster Care Youth: The Faces of a Nation's Soul in Crisis

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

For some children, the uncertainty of life on the street is better than certainty of violence at home. It was for me. At age 14, I escaped from an abusive home with no money, nowhere to go and only the clothes I was wearing.

Will States Step Up Health Coverage for Foster Youth?

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 07.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Wendy Lazarus

States should take the important step of adopting the option to provide coverage for former foster youth from other states (if final rules maintain this as an option), as this is an extremely mobile population.

LOOK: North Dakota Woman Raised HOW Many Children?

Posted 05.14.2013 | Fifty

Mother's Day has come and gone, but we think the efforts of one mom in particular still need to be applauded. Joyce Dumont, a 77-year-old North Dakota...

Foster Mother's Day

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

At 28 years old each, Eric and Mindy Shamp are already well on their way to building a big loving family. In the past year-and-a-half, they have welcomed 11 children into their home.

Think Before You Speak: Mother's Day Is Not a Happy Day for Everyone

Jennifer Delaney | Posted 07.12.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Delaney

Please, please, on this very special day think before you speak. Not being a mom, not having a mom can evoke a profound sense of sadness on Mother's Day for those of us who have lost, have never had, or are struggling to be a mom.

Paul Ryan + Mother's Day + Gay Marriage = Doing What's Best for Children

Adam Pertman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Adam Pertman

We also should address another vital question, one on which most people of every political and religious stripe presumably would agree: Shouldn't our nation's laws, policies and practices serve "the best interests of the child?"

Mass. Problems for Kids

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Bill Lichtenstein

The lawsuit, filed by the New York-based Children's Rights, charges that Massachusetts has one of the nation's highest rates of abuse of foster children in the country.

There's No Place Like Home

Emily Hecht-McGowan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Emily Hecht-McGowan

Limiting the ability of up to 2 million additional prospective parents to provide homes to waiting children does nothing to help kids in foster care. And if we actively recruited LGBT people nationwide to serve as foster and adoptive parents, we could possibly solve the foster care crisis.

This Mother's Day, Think About Foster Care

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I don't know if I could have made a difference -- but I'll never stop being sorry I didn't bring him home.

Mother's Day: On Loss and Joy

Carrie Goldman | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

This morning while I was running, my thoughts drifted back to Mother's Day 2003. It should have been my first Mother's Day, but life had been unkind, and instead I was clawing my way back from losing the baby.