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Foster Care System

Her Name Is Mom

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

A little boy once asked me, "If the children don't have moms, how do they grow up?" He looked very puzzled. It was a good question and I didn't have a good answer for him.

A National Foster Care Movement

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Over the span of the past two weeks, from my unique vantage point, I have seen two telling signs that the national movement to improve foster care is growing and, more importantly, developing the infrastructure for a sustained, youth-driven political movement.

Pajamas, Like Brown Bag Lunches, Mean Someone Cares

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Laura and her young friend Maurice, shared meals at the start of their relationship, but it wasn't until an impromptu conversation about lunchtime did Laura learn the true meaning of a brown bag lunch.

Desperate to Be the Girl They Would Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.21.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I have always felt enormous compassion for the teenagers in foster care. Recently, I got to know a woman named Ivy.

Leaving Home

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.01.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

It's time to find a bigger space and make our next NYC Reading Center just as magical, even more so. This has become our home and it's tearing me apart to leave, but I know it's time.

Her First Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Many of the girls in the group homes have been moved often. They've been taken away from their natural homes, sometimes shuffled between relatives and then foster homes. A group home can be just another stop for them.

For the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.26.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So many of you have helped us grow and work harder and faster every year to reach more and more children in need. Your encouragement has fueled us to set our goals higher and higher.

The Child Within All of Us

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.14.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Pajama Program exists for a very simple reason: it reflects the child that lives within all of us, the child who is desperate for love, to belong, to matter to someone, even just to snuggle up on someone's lap.

Sweet Isabella

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.07.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Books and pajamas provide not only bedtime comfort and pretty pictures, they are often the only clean clothes a child has at the time and the only reading opportunity they'll have for a while.

Sammy's Story

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

In 10 years I can say a lot has surprised me. But what strikes me as unforgivable every single day is that thousands of children never enjoy the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story.

An Important New Documentary About Child Abuse

Mark Redmond | Posted 11.28.2011 | Parents
Mark Redmond

There are 463,000 children in foster care in the United States, and in Ask Us Who We Are, 9 adolescents tell stories that represent the experiences of the vast majority of all the others.

LGBTQ Kids In Foster Care Struggle To Find Homes

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 10.05.2011 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Robyn Gee Foster care youth are three...

Better Foster Care: A Child-Powered Movement

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

The youth-motored foster care movement, at the cusp of its greatest triumph thus far, stares across a budgetary chasm that threatens to derail decades of hard work.