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Aging Out of Foster Care

National Foster Care Awareness Month

Gary Stangler | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Efforts like these are important because letting kids engage in typical childhood activities is more than just letting them be normal. It is also critical to their healthy development.

I Don't Care About Autism

Danielle Gletow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Have I offended you yet? Have you already started crafting a nasty comment to post below?

Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Last month I recalled the story of Antwone Fisher, who was informed upon aging out of foster care at 18 years old that he was on his own. He was directed to a nearby homeless shelter, and left to figure out the rest himself. That continues to happen every day across the United States.

Antwone Fisher's Story Shows Why Young People in Foster Care Deserve a Better Path

Gary Stangler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Ten years ago, the movie Antwone Fisher opened in theaters across the country, revealing, for the first time to many, the challenges young adults in our foster care system face.

Aging Out of Foster Care: The Costs of Doing Nothing Affect Us All

Gary Stangler | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact
Gary Stangler

As parents, we know that our role in our children's lives goes far beyond providing them with the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. We also nurt...

Learning the Value of Money, From Inside the Foster Care System

Gary Stangler | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Gary Stangler

So much of what young people learn about managing money comes from watching family members, and these last several years have given young people many opportunities to learn the challenges of managing money effectively.

A Different 'Graduation': Helping Our Foster Youth Move Into Adulthood

Michael Piraino | Posted 09.01.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Often referred to as "aging out," the harsh reality is that in many instances when foster youth turn 18, they are on their own.

Foster Care: An Uncertain Future For Half A Million Children

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 06.17.2011 | Impact

When Enrique Montiel was 9 years old, he and his four siblings were taken away from their parents, and placed into the foster care system. He remember...

Homeless for the Holidays

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

For the 25,000 teenagers who age-out of foster care each year, the holiday season can pass without family get-togethers or celebration. But there is something each of us can do to help!

Life Begins at 18 . . . Or Ends

Kristina Brittenham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Kristina Brittenham

If a foster youth turns 18 and hasn't been lucky enough to become part of a family, the obstacle course that is already her life gets ridiculous.

Imagine Spending Your First Night Homeless on Your 18th Birthday.

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I was crossing a street in Salt Lake City and saw Sergei. That day was Sergei's 18th birthday. That day was also his first night homeless.

'Family Unification Program' To Reunite 5,000 Children With Families Separated By Recession

Tonic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Since the economic downturn in late 2008, the headlines about foreclosures and unemployment have become familiar and all too commonplace. What is less...

Jimmy Wayne Completes 1,700 Mile 'Meet Me Halfway' Charity Walk For Homeless Youth

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In January, country music star Jimmy Wayne set off across the country on a 1,700 mile trek to raise awareness about the plight of youth who grow too o...

'The Teen Project' Helps Teenagers Aging Out Of The Foster System

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For 18-year-old California teen Carla, aging out of the foster care system meant facing life on the streets, with no where to go and no way to support...

No Blind Side for Bullock

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Reardon

I can't help but be thrilled for Sandra Bullock. She waited four years for little Louis to come into her home, and when I see pictures of her holding him, her eyes transfixed on his cherubic face, I know she feels that it was worth every moment.