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Thanking the Women in Our Lives

Areva Martin | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

The load of responsibility placed on the shoulders of women in our society is heavy. It's stressful. It's hard work. It's not easy.

Lucky-Dad Parking

Allen Delong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Allen Delong

When people say, "Those boys are so lucky!" I'm quick to counter that I am the lucky one, to be entrusted with their care. Maybe that's my sign at the grocery store, a succinct description of a single gay man who adopted older biological siblings: "Lucky-dad parking."

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...

We Were Waiting To Be A 'Forever Family'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

'We Were Told To Leave Nina In The Playroom, All By Herself, And Depart'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

What I Never Expected To Feel After We Adopted

CT Working Moms | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

It was the worst when I was home alone with the children. That superstar mom our social worker described in her reports was nowhere to be seen and I found myself wondering how to summon the strength to meet their basic needs. Dress, feed, kiss, play -- these felt like monumental tasks.

How My Foster Mother's Love Saved My Life

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

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...

The Day I Finally Got Custody Of My Daughter

Carrie Goldman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

You were already mine in my heart, unlimited by boundaries of law, time and place. Now you were mine on paper, too, and nobody could keep us apart.

Emma Diab

Debbie Gori: The Things You Can Carry

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Diab | Posted 12.29.2012 | Impact

(Photo by Bryan Meltz) Removing a child from a home that is unstable and possibly dangerous is done in the best interest of the child by the stat...

Agencies Work To Unite Foster, Biological Parents

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents

MIAMI — When Angela Austin-Knight's teenage son and daughter were placed in foster care in 2008, she was despondent and angry. Not only had she ...

Swept Under the Rug? An American Tale

Victor Lopez | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Victor Lopez

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?

Providing the Support that All Our Children Need and Deserve

Sam Macer | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education
Sam Macer

It is the foster family that makes the educational difference and it is the PTA that will be there to provide support. We need the foster parent PTA.

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 ...

Wasting Money, Wasting Human Lives

Ellen Sloan | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Ellen Sloan

Of the 400,000 youth in the foster system nationally, 19,000 are in Los Angeles County. Our county has more foster kids than any other county and more than some states. What better place to create a new model than right here?

Family Portrait in Black and White: A Talk With Julia Ivanova

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

The documentary by Julia Ivanova, Family Portrait in Black and White features a Ukrainian foster mother, Olga, and her brood of 27 foster kids. I caught up with Ivanova about her touching film and she shared her views on the film's imperfect heroine.

My Year at the Shelter

Terra Trevor | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Terra Trevor

The year I worked at a group home youth crisis shelter with runaway, homeless and foster youth in transition is strung on a ribbon of memories as if it had been one long unending day.

States Change How They Recruit Foster Parents

AP | By KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 01.01.2012 | Parents

MIAMI -- For decades, it was common for officials around the country to approve foster parents by room and board criteria: Did they pass a background ...

Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 02.29.2012 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The nuclear secret of child welfare is that most of the children in foster care should not be there.

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.

Feeding Andrew

Donald Wilson | Posted 08.17.2011 | Food
Donald Wilson

When I got Andrew, he was addicted to fast food, exhibited signs of ADHD, and possible spectrum disorder. He didn't know how to use a fork or a knife, barely read, and couldn't be left alone. Most importantly, he had been through hell.

Re-Envisioning Foster Care In America

Judy Cockerton | Posted 07.23.2011 | Impact
Judy Cockerton

Most Americans think there are only two ways to support a child who has been placed in foster care: adopt a child from foster care or become a foster parent. This is too much to ask of most people.

A Lifeline for the 99-Week Unemployed Workforce

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

If you're an unemployed 99'er and haven't asked friends, family and neighbors for help, it's time to stand up, shout out, and ask for help.

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.

It Just Takes One: Foster Mother Mollie Jelks Raises 36 Foster Children

HuffPost | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In honor of Mother's Day, HuffPost Impact presents It Just Takes One, a series on children and the tutors, mentors, guardians and others who have ma...