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Grand-Parenthood

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.

Death Toll Mounts

Christine James-Brown | Posted 09.26.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

It seems week after week news of other child fatalities permeates the media. Coverage of high-profile cases illustrate our collective inability to keep children -- and even those who protect them -- safe.

Caring For Our Caylees: A Call To Help Struggling Families

Christine James-Brown | Posted 09.06.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

The real lesson is that more emphasis and spending must be put into child abuse prevention programs -- such as parenting education and home visiting efforts that support and teach parents.

Demanding A Better Education For Children In Foster Care

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

The education of children in foster care is one step in a long, needed march towards a future where we put all children first.

The Other Mother

Christine James-Brown | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

Nestled between Mother's Day and Father's Day is National Foster Care Month, a time when we celebrate the love, caring, and sacrifices that mothers and fathers who care for other people's children make.

Identity Crisis

Christine James-Brown | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

We cannot let political pendulum swings prevent us from protecting children and ensuring they have a future. That's where true prosperity will come from.

Slicing and Dicing the Nation's Future

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

At the end of the day, we must remain vigilant about protecting those less fortunate. Children are neither a political nor a partisan issue.

MLK: A Man for All Times and People

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

As I reflect on Martin Luther King, I realize that most people think about MLK only as someone focused on the rights of African Americans, but in reality, he was concerned with the whole story.

Faced with Faces

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

More than 110,000 children in the United States -- who have suffered from abuse and/or neglect -- have nowhere to go. They are wards of the state and waiting in the foster care system.

Proof Positive

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

The number of children in foster care declined from 540,000 to around 424,000 this year. While still appallingly large, it's a sizable enough drop to be more than an aberration.

From Country Music to Media: Young Superstars Give Foster Youth Power

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

Over the years, I met those who have found that "greatness" within and used it to change lives, including country music sensation Jimmy Wayne and award-winning journalist Daniel Heimpel.

Help Wanted: Child Welfare Heroes

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine James-Brown

My commencement message was devoted to child welfare practice. Currently, the public child welfare systems and agencies across the country are experiencing a severe workforce crisis.

Repeating History Brings Progress

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine James-Brown

For the first time in decades, I see a real chance for the foster care system to sizably shrink, but only if we have serious dialogues that lead to needed child welfare decisions.

Not in My Backyard? Puh-leeeeze!

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

We are blessed with many community-based libraries, all within a few miles of one another in North Arlington. Would it really be such an inconvenience to cut the hours of one?