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Reflections On A Composer's First Opera

New England Conservatory | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Opera is a fabulous teaching tool, but I don't identify with the fluffy, fantasy, or historic driven plots of many of the most popular operas. I appreciate it in its many forms, but not in this work.

You Are Being Called To Care For Children. Will You Answer?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.08.2016 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

The four-year-old boy, suffering from so much pain in his life, smiled at me as I took his hand in mine. When I looked into my son from foster care's bright eyes, my own eyes began to fill with tears, and I was quickly reminded of the Bible verse, Matthew 25:35-36.

Will You Allow Your Heart To Break?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 06.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

I woke up from the dream in an agitated state. Sweat was dripping down the side of my face, despite the fact that the fan was on overhead. It was th...

Empower Your Teen | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents

Statistically, I am supposed to be dead, in jail, or homeless. At 14, I'd been kicked out of so many foster homes that it became a game to me. I acted out because I didn't trust anyone, and I didn't expect that to change any time soon. So, how come I didn't end up as yet another statistic? ONE. CARING. ADULT.

What You May Not Know About Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

It was late, and I was at my desk in my library, doing some writing for an upcoming book. Earlier that afternoon, we had taken in three foster childr...

16 Ways We Can Pray for Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

There are a number of ways we can pray for our foster children. We need to become prayer warriors for our foster children, lifting them up in prayer on a daily basis. Not only should we pray for the children, but our foster children's case workers also need prayer

What You Need to be Teaching Your Child Today

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

When many of our children go online today, this lesson of etiquette is often forgotten. For many children in foster care, lessons of etiquette were never taught to begin with.

A Call to Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In New York City, over 150,000 children under five are poor. Last year, nearly 20,000 of these children slept in homeless shelters - enough to fill Madison Square Garden. From the moment they're born, children in poverty face an uphill struggle to survive, thrive and learn with so many odds stacked against them.

Stories of Mother Love

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As we celebrate mothers and grandmothers, foster mothers, and all those who step in to parent children in need, let's pledge to take responsibility not only for our own children and grandchildren but for all children, or at least for one child who may not be our own.

Bring Me Hope: Foster Parenting Through Tough Times

Terra Trevor | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Terra Trevor

For older kids who have experienced much loss, those losses and abandonment issues will surface at holidays, on anniversaries, and at other times when we least expect it. Marker events bring out an old sadness and it gets mixed up in our current family life, and masked sadness often surfaces as anger.

What You Can Do To Help A Child in Need. Right Now! Today!

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

I get it. Not everyone can be a foster parent. I certainly understand. As one who has been a foster parent for over 50 children the past 13 years, ...

Bringing Hope To Children Who Have None

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Did you know that many children in foster care have never had a birthday celebrated in their name? Are you aware that hundreds of thousands of foster children have never had a present to open on Christmas day? This reality, alone, makes me sad.

What I Wish Others Knew About Love and Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 04.12.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

In my home, there is no difference. There is no difference between biological, adoptive, or foster child. There are no labels, either. They are all ...

Four Words That Change The World

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

"Kelly, our caseworker Susan just called me; the children are going back to live with their mother tomorrow." After leaving the message on my wife's ...

Marriage Equality Is the Law, but Assaults on LGBT Parenting (and Much More) Continue

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact
Adam Pertman

As the election year progresses, many candidates in both parties and at every level will say it. Child-welfare professionals work mightily to make it a reality. Our country's laws and policies are intended to promote its essential truth: Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent and loving family.

It's Just a Picture

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 03.24.2016 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

The poster is simple; Superman on the left, Batman on the right, about to do battle. The title reads; "Orphan Fight." No big deal to you. Not that big of a deal to me either. But I run the nation's only monthly foster care magazine and let's just say folks are less than pleased with this particular meme.

6 Things I Wish You Knew About Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 03.16.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

In no way, and in no fashion am I a saint, and I believe that foster parents from all over would echo that sentiment. We are not saints. We become tired, worn down, and exhausted. We have our own frustrations and disappointments. There are times when we succeed, and there are times when we experience failures.

My Grief Is Real: The Tears of a Foster Parent

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 03.03.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Four year old Sally and her six month old sister Jessie had been with us for four months; our first placement as foster parents. Placed into foster ca...

How Routine Can Help Your Foster Child Heal

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 02.19.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

When including him into your routine, start off slow. If you give him too much to do, it can quickly become overwhelming to him, and even turn him off to your family. Indeed, it is important that you are patient with him, and allow him time to adjust to the fact that he is not with his biological family.

The Trauma and Turmoil of Being Placed in YOUR Home: Uncertainty for Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

It was late, and I was at my desk in my library, doing some writing for an upcoming book. Earlier that afternoon, we had taken in three foster childr...

What Foster Parents Should Know About Emotional Investment

Jamie Nestrick | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents
Jamie Nestrick

As foster parents, we have to walk a fine line between being 100% emotionally invested in the kids in our care, but not at all attached to any particu...

The Reality of Child Sex Trafficking and Foster Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Child Sex Trafficking. It's an ugly secret that many in the 21st century simply do not know about. It is also an ugly dark secret that many today wi...

Why I Do Nothing on Christmas Day

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

As a parent of over 50 children the past 18 years, through adoption, foster care, and my own biological children, each day is pretty busy for my wife and I. Visitations for my children from foster care with upset birth parents, untold amounts of doctor visits with sick children, homework, bath time, laundry for up to 11 kids at one time, and of course 75,982 diapers changed in 18 years (my best estimate!)

Watch These Foster Kids Get The Christmas Gift Of A Lifetime

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents

Three foster kids were in for an emotional surprise when they unwrapped a very special Christmas present. Oregon parents Sarah and Michael Perks gave...

9 Things Foster Parents Need to Know Before Writing to the Judge

Dawn Teo | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Dawn Teo

Many foster parents do not know that any "interested party" can communicate with the judge who oversees a dependency case.