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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...

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 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.

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, ...

An Important Conversation About The Mom Arrested For Leaving Her Kid At A Park

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents

On July 1, Debra Harrell had a choice: She could either bring her 9-year-old daughter to work at McDonald's with her, or she could bring her to a near...

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."

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...

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 ...

Obama and Tumblr's Karp Avoid 'Orange Is the New Black'

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Marquis Cabrera

Many community leaders and activists are hard at work to reform the prison system, but they should be advocating for child welfare system reform, too. If we improve the foster care system, we will reduce the number of people in prison.

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...

Teen's Journey From Foster Care To College Is Too Heartwarming For Words

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Black Voices

Stories about children shuffling through the foster care system don’t always end with a fairytale adoption -- but Tyree Grant's did. The 18-year...

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...

A Foster Youth in Need Galvanizes a Community

Georgie Smith | Posted 07.14.2014 | Good News
Georgie Smith

Recently, I discovered an amazing way for people to come together as a community. The incredible experience was inspired by a young man named Barry Bartlett and captured in this video.

Three Dreams

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I have come to realize there are 3 dreams wrapped up in Pajama Program #1 The children's dreams. If they are afraid, they want to feel protected and...

Foster Care Is An International Issue

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Marquis Cabrera

Political pandering between Russia and the United States has led to increased turmoil in the realm of child welfare.

Test and Report: Bad for Children and Families

Emma S. Ketteringham | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Emma S. Ketteringham

Rather than urge the state to funnel more children into an already overwhelmed foster care system, states should be encouraged to address the factors that are more directly related to adverse outcomes for children.

Notes from the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a dail...

Children Need a Family to Thrive

Rhea Perlman | Posted 06.02.2014 | 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 ...

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...

Jaw-Dropping Film Will Change The Way You Feel About Foster Care

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact

"Sometimes someone hurts you so bad, it stops hurting at all. Until something makes you feel again, and then it all comes back: every word, every ...

Yes, I Want to Take Them All Home

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you...

Point to Yourself

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Somebody asked me for advice the other day. I told her if I had one word for her, or anyone, about leading a fulfilling life, I would say "Give."

Friends in Cold Times

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When we are hit with snowstorms or worse, many of us have friends we can turn to, places to stay for a while. So many families don't have this support, these types of friends. They're all in the same boat. Their children are huddled together.

Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Last month I recalled the story of Antwone Fisher, who was informed upon aging out of foster care at 18 years old that he was on his own. He was directed to a nearby homeless shelter, and left to figure out the rest himself. That continues to happen every day across the United States.