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Rhea Perlman
Rhea Perlman is a four-time Emmy Award winning actress for her work as Carla, on the hit NBC sitcom “Cheers”. She is married to actor/director Danny DeVito. They have 3 children: Lucy, Gracie and Jake. Rhea played Danny’s love interest on the TV series “Taxi”. They later starred in the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic “Matilda,” which DeVito directed.

Perlman is a longtime advocate for children. In 1980 she helped start one of the first workplace day care centers in Los Angeles at Paramount Studios, which is still in operation today. She has spoken at the White House about the need for universal child-care and after-school programs, and has written opinion pieces about the failures of the child-welfare system in California.

She has also advocated for the adoption of older children from foster care, and in this context has worked with the Children’s Action Network to help produce videos of these children. She is dedicated to seeing each of them find permanent loving homes.

Rhea is an longtime supporter of the Children's Action Network, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Childhood Diabetes Center, LA’s Best After School Programs, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children of Los Angeles.

Entries by Rhea Perlman

Childhood Is a Birthright

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 7:43 AM

Fundamentally, this article is about an incredibly sweet boy named Daniel, who is caught in a system not of his own making. As always, when meeting some of the impossible number of children in foster care, I think about the benefits they, and society as a whole would reap, if...

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It's Time to Step Up the Game for Foster Children

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 8:15 AM

It's time to step up the game. Since 2008 the Children's Action Network has been making films of kids in foster care who are eligible for adoption. Many of them have been in the system for years and years, moving around from one foster family to another, back to a...

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Foster Care... Inspiring Potential in All of Us

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 3:41 PM

With over 400,000 children in the foster care system today it's often difficult for children over thirteen to get out of the system and into a "forever" home. Gloriously, some do succeed.

With that in mind, I'd like to introduce the story of Mary Lee who beat those odds and...

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They Have Each Other and Just Need a Family

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 10:04 AM

Good news! Kids find permanent home!

The last time I posted on this blog, about six months ago, I wrote about 3 siblings in foster care who were eligible for adoption. Well, they now Layla, Josh, and Samantha, have a forever family!

Many of the children that are profiled...

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Children Need a Family to Thrive

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 8:23 AM

Hi y'all. It's been a while since I wrote for this blog. Meanwhile life has gone on and there's a whole new batch of kids in the foster care system that are waiting to be placed in permanent homes.

Just as they've done since 2009, every couple of months...

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Jason's Story: 'All You Need Is Love'

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 7:50 AM

The Beatles said, "Love is all you need."

They weren't referring to foster kids, but they could have been.

I recently met a guy named Jason Saunders who spent most of his childhood in the LA County foster care system. He's in his 30s now, but his story really brought...

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Wanted: One Forever Family

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 1:00 PM

This is an ongoing series profiling some of the 107,000 children living in foster care who are eligible for adoption. The videos are produced by the Childrens Action Network. You can learn more about these and other kids at

Wanted: One Forever Family for:


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A Child Can't Be Raised by a System... or a Court

(128) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 10:43 AM

Last week I went down to the Edelman Children's Court, which is the court for dependency cases in Los Angeles County. I spoke to a lawyer from the Children's Law Center (CLC), the people who represent almost every child in the foster care system, and was permitted to observe the...

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A Successful National Adoption Day

(20) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 10:36 AM

This Saturday November 19 was officially National Adoption Day. Created 11 years ago, it is an effort to bring visibility to the hundreds of foster kids in the US who are waiting to become part of a permanent family. You can see what happened all around the country on the...

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No Child Should Be Raised in a System

(20) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 8:18 PM

Systems systems systems. It's been 2 months since I wrote a blog for this blog. I gotta tell ya, I've been blogged down in systems this summer. My own personal family drama has put me in touch with way more than I ever wanted to know about California Social Services...

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The Other Caylee Anthonys

(52) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 10:21 AM

A huge part of the news last week was devoted to the verdict of the Casey Anthony trial. It was a sensational case with a sensational outcome and it captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of people across this country.

The saddest thing about it is that a...

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Saving Children From the Child Welfare System

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 2:36 PM

I just returned from my son's college graduation from Oberlin College, which was glorious, and made even more emotional by Helen Gayle, the main speaker that morning. She is the CEO of CARE USA, and a leader on global health. She cited some staggering statistics about children and global poverty....

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A Pat on the Back That Will Last a Lifetime

(25) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 1:07 PM

This week I got to hang out at the Air New Zealand lounge at LAX to see off a bunch of hugely excited kids leaving on a trip to London. Four girls and four boys, ages 11 and 12, from various LA Unified elementary schools.

They were going to Europe...

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Michael Should Have a Bed of His Own

(18) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 2:11 PM

Every couple of weeks, on this blog, I introduce a film about a child in foster care who is eligible for adoption.

This is the time of year kids are preparing to graduate from high school, and deciding which college they will be going...

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A Family for Manny... and the 115,000 Waiting Children in the U.S.

(46) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 2:26 PM

Yesterday I was at a film shoot of 8 kids in the foster care system that are available for adoption. The kids range in age from 8 to 16.

The children told their stories...mind-boggling, inspiring, and more than anything, filled with hope.

Once again, I was reminded how many...

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Meeting Serenity

(14) Comments | Posted March 27, 2011 | 11:53 PM

Today, in our series of films profiling foster children who are available for adoption, I'm going to introduce you to a 13-year-old girl named Serenity. All I can say is that she is absolutely lovely. Beautiful, with a quiet strength, she is aptly named. Serenity's goal is to go to...

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With Cash Strapped Budgets, the Need for Child Advocate Volunteers Is Greater Than Ever

(14) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 2:00 PM

A few weeks ago, I posted a film of Brandon, the first child in my feature profiling kids in foster care who are available for adoption. The comments from readers were remarkable and incredibly positive. I appreciate all of your input. I am very encouraged and hopeful that...

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Meeting Children in Need

(52) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 3:24 PM

Last year I wrote an article for the Huffington Post about an important piece of legislation for foster children that is now law. The response to the article made it clear that Huffington Post readers connect to issues surrounding foster youth.

It got me to thinking... can you...

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Giving Foster Kids Three More Years

(29) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 3:29 PM

For the past two years I've had the privilege of working alongside the Children's Action Network (CAN) on a project called This is Me, a series of videos profiling children in the Los Angeles foster care system who are eligible for adoption. I've met and fallen in love with these...

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