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Donors Need to Support Vulnerable Families Not Rebuild Nepalese Orphanages

Laurie Ahern | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Laurie Ahern

Prior to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, an estimated 16,000 children were living in orphanages and children's homes in the tiny South Asian country, one of the world's poorest.

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.

A Lifetime Away From Saigon

Thuy Thanh Jakim | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Thuy Thanh Jakim

“Don't forget, be good. Love your new family. You always have your mother here in Vietnam. You have not been orphaned.” I watched as this woman wh...

Stop and Be a Child Again

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.22.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 Commitment to Children in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

They are called the decret generation. During the Communist era in Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu issued Decree 770 in 1967 making abortion and contraception illegal except under certain circumstances. The Communist leader wanted to radically increase the population of the country.

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.

Russia's Adoption Ban Two Years Later

Shai Baitel | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Shai Baitel

A renewed shining a light on the second anniversary, by RTVi and others, on the devastating effect of the adoption ban will help to educate more Americans as well as Russians about the benefits and challenges of adopting children.

What Happened to Romania's Irrecuperables?

John Feffer | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, the issue that catapulted Romania into the headlines in the West, after the rise and fall of Ceausescu, was the country's orphanages. Journalists and foreign health care workers were appalled to discover the condition of babies and children in the many state-run institutions in the country.

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...

Eight Years Later: A Visit to a Mexican Orphanage

Karin Badt | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Karin Badt

I thought often, many times, after I left, that I should adopt Uriel. If I had the means I would have done so. I wondered what future I would have saved him from if I had. He was 11, so smart, so rebellious, so angry...

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.

Discovering Pieces of Who She Is -- In a Place She Has No Memory of Being

Melissa Ludtke | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Melissa Ludtke

My daughter Maya was three days old, a healthy newborn, when police officers in China's rural Xiaxi Town found her. Or so her adoption papers say.

Orphans Who've Never Fished Win $250,000 In Fishing Tournament, Donate It All

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact

One group of fishing amateurs just raised the bar when it comes to beginner's luck. A team of local orphans and their caregiver -- all of whom had ...

YouTube Prankster 'Robs' Orphanage And Then Steals Our Hearts

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.03.2014 | Good News

Don't worry -- even though the title has the words "orphanage" and "robbery" in it, there's a reason you're not reading this in the "Crime" section. ...

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.

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...

Three Dreams

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I have come to realize there are 3 dreams wrapped up in Pajama Program #1 The children's dreams. If they are afraid, they want to feel protected and...