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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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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.

The Devastating Decision That Caused A Mother To Lose Custody Of Her Baby

OWN | Posted 07.08.2014 | OWN

When Lisa Ling explored the world of foster care through the Los Angeles County's large and overburdened system, she met a 10-month-old baby named Lil...

Housing Unit Gives Low-Income Seniors Reduced Rent For Volunteering With Foster Kids

Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact

Bridge Meadows multigenerational housing development is a real win-win for its residents. The Portland, Oregon housing complex is home to foster c...

They Would Hide Their Purses

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

I got my card when I was fourteen. The card read this is one scary ass kid. He has clearly done something wrong. Probably a head case, definitely hide your valuables and watch what you say.

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 ...

That Time a Routine Traffic Stop Led a Child Into Foster Care... (Video)

Paola Mendoza | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Paola Mendoza

An estimated 5,000 children have been placed into foster care because their parents were deported. Hard to believe that this statistic is true, but it is; and as mothers, we knew that this was the story we had to tell.

A Home Run in the Midst of the World Cup!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are in the midst of World Cup soccer play, but this week has been a HOME-RUN for those of us in the early-learning literacy arena. On Tuesday, June...

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.

Investigating Abuses at Unlicensed Religious Homes for Troubled Kids

Alexandra Zayas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Media
Alexandra Zayas

Abusive, unregulated religious homes still operate across the country, luring desperate parents with glossy brochures and promises of salvation for their troubled children.

Teaching Teens Money

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Don't you just love these Spring days? We might just get a Spring in NYC after all - and we feel like we certainly deserve it after the winter we endu...

MacArthur Foundation Fellow Tells World How to Improve Foster Care System

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I asked Founder and Publisher of Youth Communication, Keith Hefner, his opinion on the current state of the foster care system because he ha...