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Foster Care Adoption

Children Need a Family to Thrive

Rhea Perlman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Hi y'all. It's been a while since I wrote for this blog. Meanwhile life has gone on and there's a whole new batch of kids in the foster care system ...

How Gay Fathers Helped Two Little Best Friends Become Brothers

Rob Watson | Posted 04.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Some of those fighting marriage equality want you to believe that there is only one right way to create a family. But families come together in a variety of ways, the best of which is when all the members love each other and deeply desire a lifetime bond. That is what happened in my family.

Jason's Story: 'All You Need Is Love'

Rhea Perlman | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

I recently met a guy named Jason Saunders who spent most of his childhood in the LA County foster care system. His story really brought home to me the urgency of finding permanent homes for the 500 children in Los Angeles County and the 104,000 children nationwide in the system who are eligible for adoption.

Foster Care Adoption: The 5 Reasons Why You Don't Want To Do It, And The 5 Greater Reasons Why You Do

Rob Watson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Both my sons came into my family from foster care. For that alone I owe the system a debt that I will never, ever be able to repay. But I do not wish to imply that the road through foster care is a cakewalk. It is daunting at times, but doable.

Unfair! What About Older Foster Youth and Their Families?

Michael Piraino | Posted 10.17.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Data doesn't have to lie to ignore the truth. In the case of the annual adoption and foster care report issued by the federal government, ignoring the full truth is unfair to foster youth.

Wanted: One Forever Family

Rhea Perlman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

2012-06-08-Screenshot20120608at12.58.22PM.jpgMost days Odalyz, Zamantha and Angel are not together. They are in separate foster homes. They need to be adopted. They need a family to live with and be a part of. Forever. That's all they need.

A Child Can't Be Raised by a System... or a Court

Rhea Perlman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

The most important element of the foster care system is getting kids out of foster care and into a permanent placement so they don't have to spend their entire childhoods in courtrooms, wondering if they will ever have a place to call home.

A Successful National Adoption Day

Rhea Perlman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

This Adoption Day, 120 foster kids were officially accepted into their new families in Los Angeles. Across the country more than 4,000 adoptions were finalized.

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.

The Other Caylee Anthonys

Rhea Perlman | Posted 09.10.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

There are thousands of children in this country who have survived the abuse and neglect of their parents. Each is as precious as Caylee Anthony was. And each of these children's lives is still at risk. The outcomes for their adulthood, if they remain in the child welfare system, are bleak.

Saving Children From the Child Welfare System

Rhea Perlman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Adoptions from foster care in the U.S. are at a record high and the average wait time has shrunk by a year. So it's time to double-down with this momentum.

Michael Should Have a Bed of His Own

Rhea Perlman | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

2011-05-09-mike.jpgMichael is 8-years-old and has lived in 7 different foster homes. How is that even possible? It shouldn't be.

A Family for Manny... and the 115,000 Waiting Children in the U.S.

Rhea Perlman | Posted 06.20.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

So many children are out there in our country, basically on their own, waiting for the right family to take them in and make them feel that they are as much a part of that family as anyone else.

With Cash Strapped Budgets, the Need for Child Advocate Volunteers Is Greater Than Ever

Rhea Perlman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

Because of state budget cuts, many Court Appointed Special Advocate programs across the country have lost state funding. They need all the help they can get from volunteers and donors.