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Notes from the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 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 ...

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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.

January -- March, Let the Holidays Last for the Children!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Christmas is coming! New Year's is almost here! The season has come and gone so fast! All true... but we know that for tens of thousands of children ...

Celebrating Success for Foster Children on Adoption Day

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.27.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I couldn't help but tear up when a little girl told the crowd that "adoption is when your auntie becomes your mommy." So much power in one sentence.

Finding My Purpose in a Pair of Pajamas

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Just as important as finding your purpose is where it leads you, who it touches, what it changes, and the larger effect it has on the greater good. Sometimes your purpose leads you to a place you could never imagine -- case in point -- pajamas.

Honoring My Grandfather's Memory Through CASA

Lisa Hall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Lisa Hall

When my sister-in-law told me about a volunteer opportunity with CASA advocating on behalf of children in need, I knew that was how I wanted to give back. I feel in a way I honor my grandfather's memory through my work with these children.

Pajamas to Comfort Body and Soul

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

As I gave out pajamas every day, I was continually enlightened by the reaction from moms and dads who were donating to Pajama Program and from the women and men who were caring for children receiving our pajamas.

A Bedtime Promise to Keep

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We know that the number of children in need in the U.S. is growing, due to the difficult economic conditions many American families face. All children need and deserve to feel safe and loved at all times, but especially at bedtime.

Scary Monsters Under the Bed

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Children we meet ask us what pajamas are; I still can't believe it. They shouldn't have to sleep in their clothes for days and nights at a time. There are no soothing story books to help distract them from frightening thoughts before sleep.

INTERVIEW: Deston Cretton and Brie Larson on Short Term 12

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

I felt emotionally drained after watching writer/director Destin Cretton's rousing, riveting, roller coaster of a sophomore feature, Short Term 1...

Teen Girls Prove Their Power in the Middle

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The last "class" brought tears to our eyes and saying goodbye after just two weeks was difficult, actually downright depressing. We will miss them and the life they brought to our Reading Center every day.

What Happens at Bedtime?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

It doesn't matter if you are in bed alone or with someone, those last few minutes before you fall asleep you are alone with your thoughts.

Literacy Through Love... and a Bedtime Story

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

All of us have a calling. Despite financial and administrative challenges, teachers respond to their calling with gusto. Every day their devotion to teach through love transcends the mindless pay cuts, budget slashes and never ending troubles they are up against.

Trying To Understand Why My Mom Abandoned Me

| Posted 06.20.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Represent Magazine, a platform for and by young people in foster care. Represent is published by Yo...

The Door to His Bedroom Past

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

As we ready our new Reading Center in NYC for Opening Day I am haunted by a call I received several years ago. The call came from a man who said he read about our Program and wanted to learn more. He asked a lot of questions and finally revealed, "I lived in an orphanage."

'A Family Is Where There Is Love'

Steve Majors | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act is a federal bill to eliminate discrimination in foster care and adoption based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Inspiration for the Children...or for Us?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

In one of the rooms in our new Reading Center we're showcasing inspirational and motivational quotes in a mural. As I read the quotes I realize the words are as much for me as they are for the teens. Maybe you'll agree -- we'd be moving mountains much faster if we all believed these words...

Change a Child's Life

Angela Featherstone | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Angela Featherstone

Sadly, many people have a preconceived idea that kids are abandoned because something is wrong with them. A common response to meeting children in foster care is, "They are so sweet! How could anyone abandon them?'

More Children to our New Reading Center!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Our Literacy Program's goal is focused on lifelong learning and upon making a positive impact on the growth of our student readers. To this end we're making plans to fill our space with thousands of children pre-K through teenagers.