foster care system

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A "new" anything is very rare and magical to these children. A pair of new pajamas and a book gives them comfort, yes, but
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"I like it here because now I'm not afraid (to read) and now I am a better reader." "One of our young boys taken away from
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When we're truly inspired, we are moved to make a difference and we start asking ourselves "what can I do that could MEAN
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But then my mind turns South, to a place 1,000 miles away where hearts are breaking and people are grieving, their lives
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Just when I think I've seen it all, or at least a lot of it over 15 years of Pajama Program, a horrific memory engulfs me
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Children are entitled to a secure upbringing. It's called childhood and it is their birthright. The reason people aren't given adult status until they're 18 in this country, is because we recognize that children aren't able to care for themselves and make appropriate decisions concerning their own welfare. They need guidance, and they need love.
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On the road to fulfilling your true purpose you're not always joined by cheerleaders. Even those closest to you may not rally
Parenting
Ten months ago, I did not know how to support my daughter as a foster mother. I rarely thought about foster care simply viewing it as dysfunctional and someone else's problem. Today, I know better.
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After eight years of helping to find homes for children in foster care, I feel like it's time to step up the game, and find homes for all the children we meet. Maybe since I've had a Twitter account forever, I'll actually start using it. Ahhh, social media, I will embrace you.
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As the election year progresses, many candidates in both parties and at every level will say it. Child-welfare professionals work mightily to make it a reality. Our country's laws and policies are intended to promote its essential truth: Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent and loving family.
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The poster is simple; Superman on the left, Batman on the right, about to do battle. The title reads; "Orphan Fight." No big deal to you. Not that big of a deal to me either. But I run the nation's only monthly foster care magazine and let's just say folks are less than pleased with this particular meme.
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There are days we wake up and all is not right with the world. Somebody is wreaking havoc and it takes everything we have to keep going, keep looking for peace somewhere within us to find a way to make things better for ourselves, our family, our community and the world.
Parenting
In no way, and in no fashion am I a saint, and I believe that foster parents from all over would echo that sentiment. We are not saints. We become tired, worn down, and exhausted. We have our own frustrations and disappointments. There are times when we succeed, and there are times when we experience failures.
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Several years ago I read a story about a young man in Florida who killed his younger sibling. The young man in this story
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Happiness is what we all want and maybe that's why we convince ourselves it's so hard to find and if we do touch upon it
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Through our One Million Good Nights campaign we discovered multilayered issues these children are harboring in the dark and
Parenting
Being emotionally invested in the kids doesn't mean you have to be emotionally invested in a certain outcome. If you can
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Holiday wishes are a big deal for all of us, but especially for children. And for the children we see, we know how sacred a simple wish can be.
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Memories of our bedtimes don't go away. They aren't written down anywhere and sometimes it's a stretch to pull them up if we go looking for them. But once in a while a memory is triggered and comes rushing to the forefront, spilling over into our present.
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The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.