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They Would Hide Their Purses

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

I got my card when I was fourteen. The card read this is one scary ass kid. He has clearly done something wrong. Probably a head case, definitely hide your valuables and watch what you say.

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.

Are There Any Traditional Orphanages in the US?

Quora | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Paul deHolczer, reader, traveler, observer, attorney, student Yes, there are.  I spent ...

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.

A Happy Ending For 150 Foster Kids

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

Two-year-old Angel was among 150 foster children who gained a "forever family" Friday, as Los Angeles led the rest of the country in celebrating Natio...

Entrepreneurship Can Empower Foster Youth to Beat the Odds

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

In normal day-to-day life, U.S. (and international) foster kids are just trying to survive, but they must learn how to thrive in order to beat the odds. I believe learning entrepreneurship can help foster youth become successful, productive citizens.

Short Term 12

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

I recently attended a screening of Short Term 12, a wonderful movie about a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers in Los Angeles. It was inspired by the real experience of the writer-director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who worked in the foster-care system, and it shows in its insight into the struggles of both the residents and the staff.

20,000 Kids Placed With Adoptive Families Through National Website

AP | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials say 20,000 foster children have been adopted after being listed on a national website that links adoptive families wit...

April Showers, Bring May Flowers -- and Awareness?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Victor M. Feraru

National Foster Care Month should remind us that there are still young souls that need direction and help at the most delicate and impressionable moments of their lives.

Congresswoman: The No. 1 Way To Help Foster Kids

www.takepart.com | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact

Fifty percent of the nation’s more than 400,000 foster kids won’t graduate from high school under the current system and nearly 94 percent of thos...

Here's The Rub Of Being A Foster Parent

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the seventh post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, including...

Swept Under the Rug? An American Tale

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Victor M. Feraru

How many children will go to bed at night with the same confusion I once experienced? How many of these children will grow up and become drug users or criminals and what could we have done to help?

Florida Couple Cares For More Than 90 Foster Children

Posted 08.16.2012 | Impact

After Lisa and Jorge Alvarez accepted the devastating news that they couldn't conceive, the couple found another way to realize their dream of having ...

Bill Targets Improved Education For Foster Children

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 07.31.2012 | Education

MIAMI — Federal lawmakers proposed a bill Thursday that would give social workers better access to school records in an effort to improve educat...

It Ain't Over Till It's Over: The Music That Moved Her

Posted 03.04.2012 | Fifty

One of the reasons I started my website, Marlothomas.com, is that I wanted a place for women (including me!) to come together and dream. Women should ...

Medicating Foster Kids: Not the Travesty It Seems?

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

The reality about foster children and medication is far more complicated than it appears in the political theater of a congressional hearing, or in television news shots of sad-looking, adorable kids set to tug-at-your-heartstrings music.

Giving Thanks for Family

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Chrisler

My heart goes out to the more than 400,000 children who have no permanent family to call their own this Thanksgiving. Because of discriminatory state laws, many who want to be parents and also happen to be LGBT cannot open up their homes to these kids.

In Loco Parentis: The Foster Care and Education Systems Must Coordinate Efforts for Foster Youth Students

Alex Chivescu | Posted 01.14.2012 | Education
Alex Chivescu

As our federal lawmakers debate sweeping education reform, I would like to take a moment to highlight the importance of educational continuity for students in foster care, by offering my story as a youth who made it out in one piece.

Staggering Number Of Foster Kids Don't Finish High School, College

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 12.31.2011 | Education

When Carey Sommer entered foster care in California, he left his mom, his high school and his friends. Bounced from home to home, he changed high scho...

Hopeless to Harvard: Why Educational Stability for All Students in Federal Care Needs to Happen Now

Ryann Blackshere | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Ryann Blackshere

Nearly 70 percent of foster youth want to attend college, yet only 25 percent receive a high school diploma or GED and less than 6 percent receive an Associates or Bachelors degree.

8 NYC Kids Taken From Foster Care Found In Pa.

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 11.27.2011 | New York

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA -- Eight siblings allegedly taken from a New York child welfare agency by their mother last week ...

New Book Is Rooted in Foster Children's Experience

Ryann Blackshere | Posted 11.20.2011 | Impact
Ryann Blackshere

Vanessa Diffenbaugh's new novel, The Language of Flowers, echoes the experience of one foster youth who found a measure of joy in a community garden in Western Massachusetts.

States Pushed To Reveal How Many Adopted Kids Return To System

AP | By KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact

MIAMI (Associated Press) -- Deb and Doug Carlsons' adopted sons have trashed bedrooms, stolen credit cards and threatened to kill them. One drew a dis...

The Overmedication Of Foster Kids

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
Michael Piraino

The White House has announced action against a very different prescription drug problem. Overmedication of our foster youth is an issue that deserves our attention, too.

Life After Foster Care: Believing I Can Succeed

Jessica Jimenez | Posted 06.11.2011 | Impact
Jessica Jimenez

As a young adult, I thank God for being in foster care. I know I am a strong woman today because of all that I went through as a child. With a little support, the sky is the limit for your future.