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Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children who come into foster care often have been exposed to multiple traumatic events including the removal from their families, and may be at higher risk for mental health problems and emotional disorders. Too often multiple medications may be used without other kinds of effective treatments that might better address the underlying trauma children are experiencing.

Foster Care Youth: We Are Everyone & No One's Responsibility

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Basile

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so it seems a fitting time to admit that I, too, am a foster youth survivor. I entered into the system in my early teens and aged out, and I say 'survivor' because it feels like a war.

Foster Mother's Day 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

When many people think about foster care, their thoughts immediately go to the heart wrenching headlines they read in the newspaper. The system is broken, we are taught to believe. Child protection's primary goal is to rip families apart, we think.

We Are Failing an Arena's Worth of Kids, EVERY year! {How to Make a Difference Beyond National Foster Care Month}

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Madeleine Melcher

The time is now. Not before another 23,000 or more age out. Could you look at each of those faces and tell them they are not worth your time? Your voice? A family? Because they are -- it could just as easily be you or I or our best friend.

My Struggle To Survive As A Homeless Youth

Kristopher Sharp | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Kristopher Sharp

My life is proof that we can change the future of thousands of youth forced into homelessness by simply valuing their lives, making investments into their futures, and recognizing that they are worth more than a few bucks and some leftover lunch. I am worth something -- and so is every other homeless youth.

The 10 Most Surprising Things About Foster Care

Dawn Teo | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Dawn Teo

Trust me when I tell you that there are foster families all around you. Foster families go to your church. Foster children go to school with your children. Foster children are on your children's sports teams. Your children are friends with them, but they don't know they are foster children.

The Truth About Foster Parents and Foster Children

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

I have been many things in many life and a foster child and adoptee are just two of them, but I do know that without those who loved and cared for me, I would not be where I am or who I am today. For that, I will forever be grateful.

11 Things An Adoptee Wants You To Know About Adoption

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

I know people in supermarkets and school registration lines always seem to have a lot of questions when they see a family that was obviously built through adoption, and I certainly get a lot about mine. This is what I want you to know to help you better understand adoption.

The Sons Who Were Never Really Mine

Lauren Casper | Posted 03.30.2015 | 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.

The Voiceless in a Failing System

Matt Hartman | Posted 03.29.2015 | 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.

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.

How I Earned the Privilege of Being Called 'Mommy' By Our (Adopted) Son

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

I stopped asking him to because it seemed more important to him not to call me mommy than it was for me to hear it.

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...

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.

Love, Learning and Light: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. Our t...

Teach Your Children About Adoption Before Releasing Them On The Playground

Rachael Quinn Egan | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Rachael Quinn Egan

We sometimes don't think to talk about what should seem obvious. And so, for the sake of all our children, and especially in honor of November, National Adoption Month, please, teach your children well.

The Child I Didn't Adopt

Scary Mommy | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Scary Mommy

Stephen was the one, for me. The one who embodied all the failures of a system so broken that to heal it would take far more than the casts that heal the literal broken bones of the children growing up within it.

Positive News: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since Jan. 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our Daily Giving Community is honored to support this week.

Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

San Pasqual Academy Grandparents Program: A Unique Volunteer Living Option for Seniors

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This is a narrative about volunteer surrogate grandparents living among teens (who are not related) in a rural, residential school setting far from the crowds of urban Southern California -- and loving it.

When You Have Room at Your Table: A Foster Mom's Story

Rachel Goble | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Rachel Goble

A single woman on a teacher's salary -- surely there must be better homes to place these children in? Julie had offered to take any child that needed a home.

Obama and Tumblr's Karp Avoid 'Orange Is the New Black'

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Marquis Cabrera

Many community leaders and activists are hard at work to reform the prison system, but they should be advocating for child welfare system reform, too. If we improve the foster care system, we will reduce the number of people in prison.

A Father's Day Story: We Adopted Eight Kids in Need After My Parents Fostered 36

Hank Fortener | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Hank Fortener

If only I could go back and tell that latchkey beer thief in 1969 that one day, he would have 11 children from nine different women, a thanksgiving table 29 feet long and eight grandkids at the ripe young age of 57, I wonder what he'd say.

O Canada! Will You Free Your Glorious Land of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

Canada must acknowledge that gender inequality, race, incest and histories of oppression are the pillars of the sex trade, including prostitution.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Lawmakers Say Yes To $310 Billion For Business, But $12 Million For At-Risk Kids? Nope

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on a congressional tax-writing committee objected Tuesday to the cost of a bill that would spend $1 million a year to help k...