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Simone Biles Shares Empowering Message With Foster Kids

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.05.2017 | Black Voices

Simone Biles wants to ensure “there are no limits” for foster children. In the Jan. 16 issue of People magazine, the Olympic gold medalist opened ...

How Foster Parenting Has Changed Me

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.25.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

“But why do you do it? Why do you take care of so many children?” It was a question I had been asked a great deal of late. Recently, I had been do...

How One Best-Selling Author Is Changing The Holidays For Foster Kids

TakePart | Jade Walker | Posted 12.23.2015 | Home

Former foster child Ashley Rhodes-Courter is working to bring joy to those living in group homes this Christmas....

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...

We Can Do Better Than This: The Foster Care Bill of Rights

Danielle Gletow | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

The fact that the state of Delaware, or any state for that matter, needs to have a formal law carefully outlining such basic definitions of quality care concerned me greatly. It concerned me, but unfortunately I can't say it surprised me.

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.

Rebecca Adams

You Don't Have To Adopt To Make A Huge Impact On The Life Of A Foster Child | 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...

The Most Vulnerable Kids In L.A. County

Mara Shapshay | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Mara Shapshay

Ashley isn't your average writer/actress. First of all, she is a teenager and secondly, she is a foster kid. Ashley was one of seven teenagers from Maryvale and Hillsides group homes who took part in the "Kids in the Spotlight" fifth annual film festival.

They Would Hide Their Purses

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

I got my card when I was fourteen. The card read this is one scary ass kid. He has clearly done something wrong. Probably a head case, definitely hide your valuables and watch what you say.

A Foster Youth in Need Galvanizes a Community

Georgie Smith | Posted 07.14.2014 | Good News
Georgie Smith

Recently, I discovered an amazing way for people to come together as a community. The incredible experience was inspired by a young man named Barry Bartlett and captured in this video.

Are There Any Traditional Orphanages in the US?

Quora | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Paul deHolczer, reader, traveler, observer, attorney, student Yes, there are. I spent about...

Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Last month I recalled the story of Antwone Fisher, who was informed upon aging out of foster care at 18 years old that he was on his own. He was directed to a nearby homeless shelter, and left to figure out the rest himself. That continues to happen every day across the United States.

A Happy Ending For 150 Foster Kids

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

Two-year-old Angel was among 150 foster children who gained a "forever family" Friday, as Los Angeles led the rest of the country in celebrating Natio...

Entrepreneurship Can Empower Foster Youth to Beat the Odds

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

In normal day-to-day life, U.S. (and international) foster kids are just trying to survive, but they must learn how to thrive in order to beat the odds. I believe learning entrepreneurship can help foster youth become successful, productive citizens.

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.

April Showers, Bring May Flowers -- and Awareness?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Victor M. Feraru

National Foster Care Month should remind us that there are still young souls that need direction and help at the most delicate and impressionable moments of their lives.

Congresswoman: The No. 1 Way To Help Foster Kids | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact

Fifty percent of the nation’s more than 400,000 foster kids won’t graduate from high school under the current system and nearly 94 percent of thos...

Here's The Rub Of Being A Foster Parent

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the seventh post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, including...

Swept Under the Rug? An American Tale

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Victor M. Feraru

How many children will go to bed at night with the same confusion I once experienced? How many of these children will grow up and become drug users or criminals and what could we have done to help?

Florida Couple Cares For More Than 90 Foster Children

Posted 08.16.2012 | Impact

After Lisa and Jorge Alvarez accepted the devastating news that they couldn't conceive, the couple found another way to realize their dream of having ...

It Ain't Over Till It's Over: The Music That Moved Her

Posted 03.04.2012 | Fifty

One of the reasons I started my website,, is that I wanted a place for women (including me!) to come together and dream. Women should ...

Medicating Foster Kids: Not the Travesty It Seems?

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

The reality about foster children and medication is far more complicated than it appears in the political theater of a congressional hearing, or in television news shots of sad-looking, adorable kids set to tug-at-your-heartstrings music.

Giving Thanks for Family

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Chrisler

My heart goes out to the more than 400,000 children who have no permanent family to call their own this Thanksgiving. Because of discriminatory state laws, many who want to be parents and also happen to be LGBT cannot open up their homes to these kids.

In Loco Parentis: The Foster Care and Education Systems Must Coordinate Efforts for Foster Youth Students

Alex Chivescu | Posted 01.14.2012 | Education
Alex Chivescu

As our federal lawmakers debate sweeping education reform, I would like to take a moment to highlight the importance of educational continuity for students in foster care, by offering my story as a youth who made it out in one piece.

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.