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From Orphanage to Ocean: What Ohana Means to Me

Catherine Cambra | Posted 12.18.2016 | Travel
Catherine Cambra

We stared in open-faced wonder at the sea together as the sun baked its goodness into our skin. So tender. So sweet. My mind flashed to the memory of meeting this child in such a malnourished state. And here she was--healthy, happy, splashing in a piece of paradise people around the world penny pinch to see.

There Are Too Many Stories of Foster Care Abuse

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 12.07.2016 | Impact
Evey Rosenbloom

Today, when a child is taken by protective services, they are placed in any random persons home, as long as the person obtains a license to become a foster parent, is older than 18, and passes a criminal background check.

Couple's Home Invaded by Baby Sloths (PHOTOS)

Lucy Cooke | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Lucy Cooke

Rescued adult sloths are released back into the jungle as soon as they are fit but orphaned babies are extremely vulnerable and need 24-hour care. So the couple have had to give up their home to their sleepy adopted babies until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.

Seeding the Future: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up and coming social change leader, every single day of the year? Since January 1, 2013, the Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world.

How to Soothe Our Pain When We Can't Help Who We Want to Help

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
John M. Simmons

Marina was seven and Jula was five, like my daughter-to-be. I don't know how old Jenya, Maksím, André, Dasha, Ksenya and Natasha were, but it would ...

Why the Decline in International Adoptions?

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

I am not "for" international adoption. I am not against it. I am "for" children having loving parents and being in homes where they have a support network.

A Christmas Gift of Hope and a Future

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

The adoption process has taken its toll on me emotionally. Nothing prepares you to be away from your family for six weeks, and in a country where you feel deaf, mute, and illiterate.

Stomp for Charity: An HIV+ Orphan in Cambodia

Ken Wong | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Ken Wong

We in charity envision a better, sustainable future. But lest it all crumble because of forces we can't control -- weather, war, corruption -- may beneficiaries like Chungleung find joy in today that they'll carry with them into the future.

The Power of Foster Care Politics

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Daniel Heimpel

While the nation bemoans a "gridlocked" Congress and Comedy Central's Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I have borne witness to a very different vision of our elected leadership.

What To Do With Your Orphan: A Manual

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.06.2012 | Arts

Orphans are often the protagonists in bed time stories and in children's adventures. From "Great Expectations" to "Annie," kids who are plunked into t...

When I Lost My Mother, I Lost Someone Else, Too

Claire Bidwell Smith | Posted 04.10.2012 | Women
Claire Bidwell Smith

Without my mother, I couldn't possibly go on. I couldn't grow up, become a woman, do things that she would never know about, go places she'd never been, think things I couldn't tell her.

New Law Could Help Foster Kids Stay Off Streets

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 11.22.2011 | Detroit

New legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday raises the age of children participating in state foster care programs from 18 to 21. That...

Reading a Mother's Day Card From 300 Years Ago

Louise Mirrer | Posted 07.06.2011 | New York
Louise Mirrer

As we celebrate Mother's Day 2011, let's be grateful for the mementos we have from our own mothers, and for the love they keep alive.

Images For Good: Tyler Stableford's Films, Photos From Ethiopia

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Steven Crandell

There are 5 million orphans in Ethiopia, according to the official UNICEF estimate. Frehiwot Abera is one of them. Photographer Tyler Stableford met h...

The Future of Foster Care: Are We Too Cheap to Keep Children Safe?

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

If making children safe truly requires changing the overarching ideology, then juvenile judges, social workers, children's rights attorneys and social scientists cannot do it alone.

Former Model Uses Fashion Startup To Fund Orphanage in Kenya

Tonic | JOSIE RAYMOND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

It's a remarkable biography: Siamanda Chege, the eldest daughter of a homemaker and a missionary, grew up in Nakuru, Kenya with eight siblings. After...

After Tucson, the State of the Union

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The speech Barack Obama gave in Tucson was a memorial to the victims of a horrible tragedy, but the spirit of his speech could also shape Tuesday's State of the Union address by calling us to be worthy of each victim's sacrifice.

Improve the World (and Yourself) One Grateful Child at a Time

Lisa Haisha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haisha

Imagine saying good-bye to your big house and luxury car so you can live among the impoverished. That's exactly what one person did, and he's never regretted his decision.

Responsibility Lost

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 02.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Daniel Heimpel

Los Angeles Times' reckless coverage of child deaths threatens the very children we trust it intends to protect.

Analyzing Dexter: Psychologists and Criminologists Explain Why They Are Smitten

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

Do you know about Dexter the lovable serial killer? The first time I watched an episode, I could not believe what I just experienced. I was rooting fo...

Looking Back and Giving Back

Heather Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Heather Paul

I have written a check to my high school alma mater for the repair of its watch tower. But those are small gestures of giving back to what made me who I am.

'Orphan Doctor' Calls on World Community to End Orphan Crisis by Tackling Poverty

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Dr. Jane Aronson, founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), has issued a bold response today to a recent article on child trafficking. J...

Charity as a Drop in the Bucket: Day 7

Ken Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ken Wong

Join me and my Face-to-Face AIDS Project and see how our ideas of charity evolve with on-the-ground experiences.

Predicting the Haiti "Orphan" Rescue

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

Unfortunately, you cannot automatically assume that any Haitian orphanage you are considering funding is really putting the best interest of the children first. Do your homework before giving.

The 9 Stupidest Surprise Endings Imaginable (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

We like surprise endings as much as the next guy: "The Usual Suspects," "Psycho," "Fight Club"--they all rocked our world and made us thankful for bei...