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Turn Your Dream Into A Message

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices
Sophia Williams-Baugh

My dream revealed that anything was possible with God. My nightmare/dream told me that no one could harm me or permanently do damage as long as Jesus was by my side. I was told to come from behind the scenes and don't be afraid to shine.

Sitting Still

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 08.31.2015 | Divorce
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I'm dealing with learning to be stable. I'm learning that when someone loves you they don't dispose of you at the drop of a dime. I'm learning that when you sit still and take time, you truly love and care about someone.

Back to School and Back on the Lookout for Children in Distress

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

School is starting again and that means so many things. Some children are excited about moving up a grade while some may not be so excited about sch...

The Not Quite Empty Nest When You Have a Young Adult With Special Needs

Kate Welch | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

When your child has special needs, it's a major upset to that expectation. Aside from missing Sophie, her leaving is also a stark reminder that the natural order has been disrupted. There are upsides to an empty nest, but we won't experience them.

Where Will the Children Go Next?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

. No child should be tossing and turning in bed in too-tight old and dirty jeans. No child should cry herself to sleep feeling alone in the dark. No child deserves to be afraid at night because tomorrow she is being transferred to another "new place."

For Individuals With Disabilities, There's No Place(ment) Like Home

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

It's the physical space where we greet each day. It's the people who we clock the most hours alongside. It's where we welcome guests, cozy up when we're sick, and retreat at the end of a long week.

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.

Every Kid Needs a Family

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

By definition, the young people who come into our child welfare systems already have suffered the trauma of family disruption. Without family, children are ill equipped to beat the odds stacked against them. Every kid needs a family, and every kid deserves one.

Her Heart Remembers: The Break

Janelle Capra | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Janelle Capra

Over the past five years of living with mom's dementia, I have seen time and time again that despite the complete confusion and craziness that comes with this disease, my mom's brain may not remember the details, but her heart always does.

A Mother's Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day we hear stories about extraordinary women who stand up for children who are alone and neglected, women who have families of their own and take steps to adopt a child, take in a troubled teen, open their arms and homes to abandoned, sometimes sick babies.

Stop and Be a Child Again

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Children are always in the moment. Watching them reminds us what it felt like when we were kids. We played too, we had fun, we were spontaneously in the moment... and we laughed. You remember that, right?

A Bookstore Holds More Than Just Books

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Bookstores don't only hold books, they hold promises. Promises for new adventures, where new people and characters enter our lives with fascinating stories to tell us.

BAM, BAM, BAM: A Boy, a Chef and a Dream

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

ecently I was thinking about a little boy named Jared who came to live at one of the group homes in Westchester. He was about 5 or 6 years old. We never know the children's back stories, nor their current situations there, except that most of them were orphaned and understandably confused when they first arrive.

Nobody Cancelled

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The joy our volunteers know awaits them is motivation to keep their promise to be here. Despite the meteorologist's urging, "Severe weather warning, stay home if you can," they know that once they sit on the floor to read with the children, there's no memory of the arctic cold.

A Reading Buddy

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When you are a child, reading alone can be lonely. If you don't know the meaning of a word, there's no one to ask, and if you stumble on a pronunciation, no one will help you smooth it out. So we decided to design a pilot program called "Pajama Program Reading Buddy Plus.

Books as Chariots

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So many youngsters and teens alike are facing difficult days as the holidays near. They are in search of another world, a more loving community, a l...

Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were.

That's My Boy!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

There is nothing quite as touching as watching a group of children sitting quietly, though quite anxiously, for their names to be called to receive a ...

The HOUR of Inspiration

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

There are few instances in life when you see true inspiration in action, when it's standing in front of you, revealed right before your eyes. More t...

A Little Girl, 10 Years Later

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Time flies. Yes, we hear that everyday don't we? And on some days we see it too. Time flies. Can you see a difference you've made in someone's life...

What Do the Children Need?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are getting a crystal clear understanding of the world these children live in. We're asking two key questions -- and the answers are providing insights that are more profound than we imagined.

Child, Home, Neighborhood, Community and Conscience

Noam Bramson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Noam Bramson

Now here's where I make an admission that will get me in trouble: I disagreed with the City's decision to file an objection to the proposed group home, and I recommended against submitting it.

Seeing Our Way to Foster Care Solutions

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Day by day they are working to shed light on the issues and problems they see, and they are paving the way for families to heal and re-start their lives. Let's not be blinded by the maze of blame.

A Home Run in the Midst of the World Cup!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are in the midst of World Cup soccer play, but this week has been a HOME-RUN for those of us in the early-learning literacy arena. On Tuesday, June...

Teaching Teens Money

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Don't you just love these Spring days? We might just get a Spring in NYC after all - and we feel like we certainly deserve it after the winter we endu...