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Meeting Serenity

Rhea Perlman | Posted 05.27.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

2011-03-25-sereneity.jpgSerenity's goal is to go to Harvard. She's smart and articulate and I'm not going to say anymore because she truly speaks for herself in this 1:15 minute film.

Fulfilling Our Fundamental Obligation

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The time has come for us to honor our society's most fundamental obligation and to ensure the right of every child to be safe, treated with dignity, and to learn and to grow in the embrace of a family.

Fighting To Give Foster Children The Support They Deserve

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

The chain of responsibility for children in the foster care system culminates with us, and by virtue of our Democratic process, those who represent us.

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.

Couple Lose Foster Care Right Over Homosexuality Stance

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — A British court has ruled that a Christian couple cannot care for foster children because they disapprove of homosexuality. Judges at ...

Signs of Hope Emerge From Tragedy

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

I take as a sign of hope the outpouring of support from people asking how they can become volunteers for other abused and neglected children.

The Right to Choose

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

Who are you pro-life people kidding? Do you even know what happens in the lives of children whose parents should never have been parents? Do you think...

Slicing and Dicing the Nation's Future

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

At the end of the day, we must remain vigilant about protecting those less fortunate. Children are neither a political nor a partisan issue.

The Future of Foster Care: Are We Too Cheap to Keep Children Safe?

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

If making children safe truly requires changing the overarching ideology, then juvenile judges, social workers, children's rights attorneys and social scientists cannot do it alone.

Meeting Children in Need

Rhea Perlman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

2011-02-08-brandon.jpgToday, please meet Brandon. There are over 114,000 kids like him in the U.S. today.

Lessons in Adoption From Harvard, B.J. Lifton, and Oprah

Adam Pertman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Adam Pertman

What one of the most famous and respected women in the world did was provide televised testimony for some essential truths: that truth and honesty in adoption beat all the alternatives.

The State of Our Children

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

If we want to succeed as a nation, then we absolutely have to start with our children.

Staring at Superman

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

On Tuesday, the President will deliver his State of the Union Address. In all likelihood, education will be a prominent consideration, sparking a national debate and setting the cogs of Congress into motion.

MLK: A Man for All Times and People

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

As I reflect on Martin Luther King, I realize that most people think about MLK only as someone focused on the rights of African Americans, but in reality, he was concerned with the whole story.

New Orleans Tragedy Highlights Needs of Homeless Youth

Kendra Hurley | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kendra Hurley

Too often, services designed for the homeless funnel young adults into the same programs for men and women who are decades older and have been struggling with chronic mental illness or battling addictions.

Homeless for the Holidays

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

For the 25,000 teenagers who age-out of foster care each year, the holiday season can pass without family get-togethers or celebration. But there is something each of us can do to help!

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like A Christmas Carol

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

The lessons of welfare past and present have shown that neither entitlements nor punishments are viable solutions -- simply demanding "values" and a "work ethic" is naïve.

Responsibility Lost

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 02.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Daniel Heimpel

Los Angeles Times' reckless coverage of child deaths threatens the very children we trust it intends to protect.

Faced with Faces

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

More than 110,000 children in the United States -- who have suffered from abuse and/or neglect -- have nowhere to go. They are wards of the state and waiting in the foster care system.

Finding Common Ground on the Education of Children in Foster Care

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

While there is a dearth of data on how being placed in foster care affects students academically, results from around the country paint a stark picture.

Gay Teens Face Discrimination In The Foster Care System

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Nothing frightened Kenneth Jones more than the prospect of his first real date. He prepped for it like a court appearance, saving up for a black butto...

Proof Positive

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

The number of children in foster care declined from 540,000 to around 424,000 this year. While still appallingly large, it's a sizable enough drop to be more than an aberration.

From Country Music to Media: Young Superstars Give Foster Youth Power

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

Over the years, I met those who have found that "greatness" within and used it to change lives, including country music sensation Jimmy Wayne and award-winning journalist Daniel Heimpel.

Shining A Light On The U.S. Foster Care System (VIDEO)

C-SPAN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Huffington Post blogger Daniel Heimpel, founder and project director of Fostering Media Connections, was interviewed on "C-SPAN's Washington Journal" ...

Giving Foster Kids Three More Years

Rhea Perlman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rhea Perlman

There is plenty of research to prove that extending benefits to foster kids during the first difficult years in college, or as they enter the work force, will save California considerable money down the line.