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WWO and Its Teaching: Revolution for Teachers and Staff Around the World

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I recently met with the teachers at Toy Library in Kenscoff and then later I met with the senior leadership team that manages and supervises all of our Haiti programs. What a day of inspiration!

At War with the Suffering of Children

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I am here with four 17-year-old young men who have joined the Worldwide Orphans' Orphan Ranger corps. These boys are sweet and open to life. They are caring and loving to the Haitian kids in Kenscoff where Worldwide Orphans has been working since the earthquake.

A Tribute to a Father

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I wish that I had listened to my father more. I wish I let things that hurt roll off my back more and trusted that being natural and myself was safe. He advised me to pursue so many goals for myself and I didn't listen because I did not believe in myself. He wanted me to trust myself and I fought him on this.

Ukraine Orphanages Feeder for Child Trafficking

Laurie Ahern | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Laurie Ahern

Governments, faith-based groups and churches, aid agencies and volunteer tourists, who donate cash and goods to orphanages or build and refurbish children's homes and other institutions, may be inadvertently funding human trafficking.

Keeping Orphans Out of Slavery

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

When I was in Asia in April, I was inspired to start an educational foundation. I founded a school in Nepal 25 years ago, the Trungram International Academy, which teaches over 400 students a year, and I wanted to extend that opportunity to more children.

Foster Care Youth: We Are Everyone & No One's Responsibility

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Basile

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so it seems a fitting time to admit that I, too, am a foster youth survivor. I entered into the system in my early teens and aged out, and I say 'survivor' because it feels like a war.

Meet a Feminist Hero at the Heart of the Ebola Crisis

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Sarah Beauchamp

Body Team 12, one of the many body teams working to collect victims in Liberia during the Ebola crisis, stands several feet away. Only one member approaches at first, Garmai Sumo, the only female member of the team.

The Community Roots of Mother's Day

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All of these moms have taught us, regardless of the obstacle -- be it extreme poverty, gang violence, managing children with special needs or even living in a refugee camp -- that there is nothing that a mom can't do when it comes to nurturing her community.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

Every City Should Have a Baby Drop Box -- Love, An Adoptee

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Madeleine Melcher

I know it hurts your heart to believe it, but mothers do leave their babies. I am glad I was left somewhere safe. Can't we provide that option for all children? Don't we owe it to these tiny people who cannot do for themselves? If it only saved one life, wouldn't it be worth it?

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.

Malawi Floods and the Problem of Zero

Melissa Kushner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

Over the last few weeks, intense rains from Cyclone Bansi brought floods to the small Southern African country of Malawi. For a country whose rainy season spans five long months, these rains are not new.

How we See Ourselves in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

What children in places like Afghanistan show us is so different from what we as adults show them. When they are exposed to media they hear about the political shortcomings and violence. When they see themselves, the reflection is refugee camps with sad faces and poverty.

5 Questions Adoptees Are Tired Of Being Asked

Mei Webb | Posted 03.07.2015 | Teen
Mei Webb

As an adopted teenager, I think there is a fine line between being curious and being nosey, especially when it comes to personal issues such as adoption.

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.

A Legacy of Loss

Michelle Hanson | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Michelle Hanson

My father died when I was 16. I do not know what he would have thought of my prom gown, or if he would have handed me his handkerchief on my wedding day. I do not know if my mother would have approved of my college major or how I handled the stressors of my first job.

Because I Saw the Difference

Catherine Nagle | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I raised an only child twice and saw the differences in parenting styles because my children are 23 years apart. Living through the differences from...

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.

Don't Dread the Holidays! It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Catherine Nagle | Posted 02.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

"Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the stranger and the unwanted child, care for the ill, and love your enemies" is the...

Trauma and Resiliency

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

We salute all parents in the audience tonight who created families thru adoption, me included. November is National Adoption Month. I thank all of you who were inspired to support the kids "left behind" after you adopted your children.

A Shock to the System

Craig Juntunen | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Craig Juntunen

Millions of children live outside of parental care and are warehoused in institutions. So many in fact, that we cannot even get an accurate count. Why?

American Teen Wins Children's Peace Prize For Empowering Orphans In India

Associated Press | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An American teenager has won a prestigious international prize for her charitable work to help orphans in India and ot...

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.

Putting a Caring Adult in the Life of Every Orphaned Child

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

In Guangdong Province, the officials and caregivers at the Lianjiang Social Welfare Institution knew they needed help caring for the orphaned children at their facility.

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 ...