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Child Welfare

The Power of Foster Care Politics

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Daniel Heimpel

While the nation bemoans a "gridlocked" Congress and Comedy Central's Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I have borne witness to a very different vision of our elected leadership.

Saki Knafo

Child Poverty On The Rise: New Report | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.26.2012 | Parents

The "Kids Count" report, one of the most widely cited surveys of how children are faring in the United States, hasn't offered much good news in recent...

Look Back Anniversary Is a Time to Call for New Direction

Christine James-Brown | Posted 09.18.2012 | DC
Christine James-Brown

As we recognize the 16th anniversary of the "look back" eligibility requirement for federal foster care assistance, the time has come to urge Congress to change direction. It's time for all us to join together and stand up for all children.

UPDATED: 8-Year Old Girl Stabbed In The Neck

Posted 05.29.2012 | New York

An 8-year old girl was stabbed in the neck on Tuesday morning at 144-67 176th Street in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood of Queens. NY1 report...

Will This Controversial Court Decision Help Or Hurt Kids?

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 05.29.2012 | Los Angeles

MIAMI -- A California judge's decision to open a county's child welfare hearings earlier this year has energized a debate among advocates in other sta...

Rick Santorum's Latest Target -- Single Moms

Lara Bergthold | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Lara Bergthold

If politicians like Rick Santorum want to promote stable families, they should start by respecting all families. I can think of a lot of things that are making "the fabric of this country fall apart." Loving single parents are not one of them.

Is Single Parenthood Child Abuse? Proposed Law Says Yes.

Posted 03.03.2012 | Black Voices

A controversial bill targeting single parents came to the table at the Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services and Revenue public hearing in...

Colo. Child-Welfare System Will Get Overhaul After 43 Children Die

Posted 02.21.2012 | Denver

On Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced several changes to improve Colorado's child welfare system after the tragic deaths of 43 children that w...

Powell Boys Murder: Honoring Caseworkers Who Risk Their Lives

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

It is hard to imagine something more horrific than the news out of Washington State about Josh Powell, who blew up his two young sons and himself duri...

The Republican Myth of Obama's "Entitlement Society"

Robert Reich | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Regressive Republicans pretend they're about opportunity. In reality they're back at what they've been doing for years -- promoting Social Darwinism.

Virginia Is for Lovers... but Not So Much for Children

Tamar Abrams | Posted 04.02.2012 | DC
Tamar Abrams

The historic target of venom is back in the crosshairs of our House of Representatives -- prospective gay parents.

Mom Arrested For Abandoning Daughters Posted A Pic Of Champagne On Facebook

Posted 02.01.2012 | New York

The 26-year old mother who was arrested for abandoning her two young daughters on a Brooklyn street on Sunday uploaded a picture of someone holding a ...

Mom Arrested For Abandoning Two Daughters On Brooklyn Street

Posted 01.30.2012 | New York

A woman was arrested on Sunday for allegedly abandoning her two young daughters at the intersection of Shore Parkway and E. 102nd Street in Canarsie. ...

Are Children's Issues Only Important in Attack Videos?

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Adam Pertman

Children are routinely cited as the beneficiaries of the ideas politicians suggest, whether tax cuts or hikes, increased spending or less of it. But it's hard to recall a single instance of a candidate advocating a specific programmatic initiative with children at its core.

Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 02.29.2012 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The nuclear secret of child welfare is that most of the children in foster care should not be there.

Children Pay for Crack Down on Illegal Immigrants

Christine James-Brown | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

An estimated 5,100 children are now living in foster care because their parents have been detained or deported. Parents who love their children and who, for the most part, have done a good job of caring for them.

100 Days in Care: Improving Children's Lives

Dr Roger Morgan OBE | Posted 01.14.2012 | UK
Dr Roger Morgan OBE

When reading the diary entries it is clear there are some recurring themes, such as relationships between children, the experience of living in a group and the importance of staff support. One young person shares her thoughts and experiences on entering the world of work after living in care.

Ray Sanchez

Wave Of Deportations Leaves Thousands Of Children In Foster Care | Ray Sanchez | Posted 01.02.2012 | Latino Voices

An unprecedented increase in the deportation of undocumented immigrants has left an estimated 5,100 children languishing in U.S. foster homes -- a tro...

Is D.C.'s Foster Care System Preparing Children for Homelessness?

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 12.18.2011 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Since leaving the cozy confines of D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency six years ago, Denise Gibson has been riding around the city through the night on buses, and sleeping in stairwells.

A Parent, Community, and National Audit: It's Time for Adults to Shape up and Close the Hypocrisy Gap

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

I urge every parent and adult to conduct a personal audit to examine whether we are contributing to the crisis so many of our children face or to the solutions they urgently need.

The Death of Even One Child Due to Abuse and Neglect Is Too Many

Rep. Lloyd Doggett | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Congress must take a closer look at what we can do about the gap between those children who are surrounded by loving and supportive families and those who are not.

No Child Should Be Raised in a System

Rhea Perlman | Posted 11.14.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Child welfare makes sure children are housed, clothed, and fed. It makes sure they go to school. It tries to address their medical needs if they have any. This is great and it's a good thing we have it. But a system isn't a parent. Even the system knows this.


Christine James-Brown | Posted 11.08.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

Surprise, your children have children -- but they aren't caring for them well. All of the sudden you become the parents of your grandchildren, and your life takes an unplanned turn. This is now the reality for a growing number of senior citizens.

Of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Michigan

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

While not setting any time limits for funding the presence of American troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, Congress has set a Federal lifetime limit of 5 years on cash assistance to America's needy.

Less Scared Straight, More 'Talk Therapy'

Mychal Denzel Smith | Posted 11.07.2011 | Black Voices
Mychal Denzel Smith

We may get a kick out of seeing these kids be punked by inmates, but anyone that actually wanted to see many of these kids turn their lives around should be suggesting that they get therapy instead.