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

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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 ...

Time to Celebrate the Bravest of the Brave: Orphans

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

The UN AIDS agency estimates there are 132 million orphans -- children younger than 18 who have one parent dead. Thirteen million have neither parent alive.

Women Mobilize to Halt Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

UN Women | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Volunteers underwent intensive training to learn about the disease and their roles during the campaign. UN Women helped design the trainings, along with UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO.

The New Global Leader, Part IX: Dian Alyan, Building Homes and Futures for Orphans around the World

O'Brien Browne | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Born in Takengon, Central Aceh, Indonesia, Dian Alyan has lived a richly rewarding global life as a brilliant student, world traveler and highly succe...

One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.

Sacrificing of Myself Rather Than Animal This Eid al-Adha?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Current year's Eid al-Adha calls for a conversation among Muslims and all global citizens. We intend to prompt the global conscientiousness regarding the need to help the needy as well as confront those committing crimes against their fellow man and our shared earth.

Coming Full Circle -- Echoes of the Holocaust in International Development

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

I felt I owed it to my grandmother, for the privilege of being born safe and secure and loved. I felt I owed it to the children's faces that peered out of the photograph albums she has pieced together over the years; some who survived, many others who didn't.

To Achieve Sustainable Development, We Must Reach the Most Marginalized and Vulnerable Children

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Every September, world leaders convene in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings and discuss the most pressing global issues.

Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

When It Comes From Your Life

Anita Casalina | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

I started Billions Rising Foundation to highlight the creative and long-term solutions to poverty that are being generated all over the world. What we...