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The Child I Didn't Adopt

Scary Mommy | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Scary Mommy

Stephen was the one, for me. The one who embodied all the failures of a system so broken that to heal it would take far more than the casts that heal the literal broken bones of the children growing up within it.

Why the Right to an Education is in Jeopardy

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Joseph M. Costa

When you consider that 84% of foster youth say that they want to go to college and only 20% graduate from high school, leaving only a small fraction who actually ever graduate from college, the statistics above represent a monumental failure of the educational system for the children served by foster care.

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.

The HOUR of Inspiration

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

There are few instances in life when you see true inspiration in action, when it's standing in front of you, revealed right before your eyes. More t...

Immigrant Women, Native American Women and Rape

Ryan Campbell | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

As the NFL scandals keep breaking and a greater degree of attention is placed on violence against women, it is my hope that groups which do not get much attention in this conversation are brought more to the forefront: Native American and immigrant women.

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.

Jack Mook: Soldier, Cop, Coach, Savior

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Imagine you've been a cop for years in a tough city. Sometimes, the troubles you see during the day follow you home and haunt your dreams at night. If you're Jack Mook, you deal it by trying to make life better for some of those you encounter.

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?

How the Cub Scouts' Exclusion Impacts Our Fourth Grader

Fred Swanson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Fred Swanson

For all of the good that scouting did for me, I don't want to have either of my sons participate in a club that actively excludes people. I hope to teach my kids love and integrity and not to judge others, which is something they cannot learn from scouting as it stands.

The World Would Be A Better Place If There Were More Mothers Like This

Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define FamilyTM” series installment features an interview with Mary Keane, age 6...

A Little Girl, 10 Years Later

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Time flies. Yes, we hear that everyday don't we? And on some days we see it too. Time flies. Can you see a difference you've made in someone's life...

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.

San Pasqual Academy Grandparents Program: A Unique Volunteer Living Option for Seniors

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This is a narrative about volunteer surrogate grandparents living among teens (who are not related) in a rural, residential school setting far from the crowds of urban Southern California -- and loving it.

What It's Really Like To Be A Foster Kid

Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen

On any given day, about 400,000 children and teens are living in foster care in the U.S. Angela, 17, is one of them. By Angela Velez, as told t...

When You Have Room at Your Table: A Foster Mom's Story

Rachel Goble | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Rachel Goble

A single woman on a teacher's salary -- surely there must be better homes to place these children in? Julie had offered to take any child that needed a home.

What Do the Children Need?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are getting a crystal clear understanding of the world these children live in. We're asking two key questions -- and the answers are providing insights that are more profound than we imagined.

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.

Bachmann Thinks Government Wants To Experiment On Undocumented Children

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) believes that the United States government wants to use thousands of undocumented immigrants for medical experiments, ...

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

What Millions Of Grandparents Want You To Know

Deborah Doucette | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

Millions of grandparents are rescuing their grandchildren from a life of neglect, chaos, and abuse at the hands of addicted parents. These are families from every walk of life, of socio-economic strata, of size, shape, and color. Make no mistake, they are families like yours and mine.

Every Child

Rita Soronen | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Rita Soronen

Every child deserves a home. Yet the child welfare system does not have a sound record of developing best practices for serving children and youth waiting to be adopted who have been identified as "difficult to place."

Teen Charged In Stabbing Death Of Foster Mom

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

A Hawaii woman is dead after her foster son allegedly stabbed her to death on Saturday. Fifty-two-year-old Jolyn Kipapa was found dead by police af...

A Girl No One Would Adopt

Danielle Gletow | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

I want to challenge all of you who have decided that children in foster care are "broken" or "needy" or "too much to handle" to look beyond what you can read on our website or any other adoption or foster care website.

Seeing Our Way to Foster Care Solutions

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Day by day they are working to shed light on the issues and problems they see, and they are paving the way for families to heal and re-start their lives. Let's not be blinded by the maze of blame.