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Child Welfare

A Salute to Fierce Women Who Protect Children

John M. Simmons | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
John M. Simmons

While I won't downplay the part that men play in the fight for children and the rights of them and all of their mothers, I firmly believe that we are led by fierce women and that the world will be a better place for children and families because of the reasonable thought leaders on both sides of the adoption fence.

Good News for Children When Congress Works Together

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A new law encourages more opportunities for youths in foster care to lead "normal" lives by making it easier for their foster parents to allow them to participate in age- or developmentally-appropriate extracurricular and enrichment activities that currently often require permission from the child welfare agency.

What About The Girls?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We need to wake up and realize all children, especially those of color -- girls and boys -- need adults to stop criminalizing them and recognize the special risks facing our girls.

Ominous Trends in Foster Care

Michael Piraino | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

We want to see all children in foster care achieve positive outcomes regardless of geography, economic circumstances, or such factors as race or ethnicity.

Your Role in a National Commitment to Keep Our Kids Safe

Michael Piraino | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

It is tragic that our nation's child welfare system is so overburdened that caring and compassionate caseworkers get so overwhelmed.

Why Child Welfare Investigation Delays in California Are Unacceptable

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 09.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Joseph M. Costa

If your children reported that they had been mistreated or assaulted in any way, it wouldn't take long for you to address the issue and assure your children that they would be kept safe. Then why is it that children in the child welfare system are not given the same decisive action?

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Across the country it's back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment to help every child succeed.

Strong Programs, Strong Mentors, and Strong Mindsets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn't true--but in 2011 Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though they made up 8.7 percent of 18-29 year olds.

A Lesbian Mother on the Discriminatory 'Inclusion Act' Endorsed by Catholic Bishops

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

The so-called Inclusion Act does nothing to protect children. To the contrary, it could continue depriving children of potentially loving, stable homes. And it does nothing to protect religious liberty.

Beyond Beliefs: The International Fight to Protect Childhood

Lauren Book | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

For the past week and a half, I've been traveling the rural island of Barbados teaching primary and secondary school students vital lessons on how to stay safe.

How A 10-Month-Old Baby Ends Up In Foster Care

OWN | Posted 07.02.2014 | OWN

In Los Angeles County, a dense labyrinth of cities and neighborhoods covers more than 4,000 square miles. The area is home to 9.9 million people (2.5 ...

Remembering What Is in the Best Interest of the Child

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

As we confront problems in society, the lives of children in this country and across the world would improve if we would more often just ask and answer one simple question: is it in the best interest of the child?

America Is Stronger When Children Live in Families

Donna M. Butts | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Our goal is to build a unified national movement to support families who care for children and youth, promote their healing and help them thrive when their birth parents are unable to do so.

Should Having Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

ProPublica | Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.30.2014 | Parents

This story was co-published with The Daily Beast. In August 2009, Mindi, a 25-year-old struggling new parent, experienced what doctors later conclu...

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.

From Hardship to Hope

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"Foster care is not fun for anyone," says 24-year-old law student Amy Peters, who entered Nebraska's foster care system at age 12 and remained until she "aged out" at 19. Fortunately for Amy, she excelled in high school and was accepted at the University of Nebraska.

Test and Report: Bad for Children and Families

Emma S. Ketteringham | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Emma S. Ketteringham

Rather than urge the state to funnel more children into an already overwhelmed foster care system, states should be encouraged to address the factors that are more directly related to adverse outcomes for children.

A Mistake Adoptive Parents Never Need to Make Again

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

When it comes to difficult circumstances, I always try to focus on what is best for my children rather than my own feelings. A week ago I came to the understanding that I have been falling short without realizing it for nine years, now. I say "not realizing it," but maybe I just didn't want to know.

Why the Decline in International Adoptions?

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

I am not "for" international adoption. I am not against it. I am "for" children having loving parents and being in homes where they have a support network.

Child Abuse: The Deadly Cost of Inattention and Inaction

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The Miami Herald investigated 477 deaths of children that were a part of the child welfare system in the State of Florida. It also highlights another critical fact: our nation's most vulnerable cannot be protected on the cheap.

The Adoption System Isn't Fair

John M. Simmons | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

There will always be enough homes for the healthy babies. It isn't okay for us to allow older children to waste away without their own forever families. We need to bring them into our homes as our own children.

Toddler Found With 48 Packets Of Heroin

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.12.2014 | Crime

At a New Jersey day care on Monday, 48 glassine envelopes of heroin were found stuffed inside a 2-year-old's jacket pocket, police say. The toddle...

Why I Was Lucky to Grow Up Broke, From Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

Posted 03.10.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked about being on welfare, Whoopi Goldberg had some insightful life lessons to share with us. Though Whoopi did not grow up as a child on ...

Captain America Does It Again! Troubling International Adoption Legislation (CHIFF)

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

"There is one issue on which all Americans agree, every child needs a family." This is the slogan used by the supporters of the proposed legislation C...

Hyphen(-)less Adoption

John M. Simmons | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

What I immediately noticed in the reunification story of Jessica Long is that there were no hyphens. I watched her parents, here in the states, talk about her family in Russia. They didn't talk about her meeting her birth-mother. I never heard them say birth-father.