Ky. to Unveil Digital Platform Supporting Foster Youth

Kentucky to Unveil Digital Platform Supporting Foster Youth

FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/15/19) – A new digital portal called Kentucky Resources for Independence, Success and Empowerment is set to be unveiled Wednesday at the Kentucky Independent Living Youth Empowerment Conference in Lexington. The new website is part of a rebranding project for the state’s independent living program for transition age youth in the foster care […]

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Opinion: Commentary: Father’s Day Thoughts on Foster Parenting

Father’s Day Thoughts on Foster Parenting

Each year for the past 15 years, I have attended 5-10 graduation ceremonies. Sure, some of these are for friends and families, but most are as a representative of our community in recognition of this important rite of passage. Graduations serve as a powerful connection between generations, symbolically passing the torch to the next and […]

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Dads adopt 6 siblings from foster care to keep them all together

Dads adopt 6 siblings from foster care to keep them all together

Six siblings who spent more than four years in foster care have found a forever home and will remain together, thanks to a Pennsylvania couple. Steve and Rob Anderson-McLean officially became parents to six brothers and sisters, Carlos, 14, Guadalupe, 13, Maria, 12, Selena, 10, Nasa, 9, and Max, 7, on May 23, 2019. “We […]

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Couple Decides To Foster Baby With Medical Secret, Ends Up Caring For 143 Kids In Their Home

Phenomenal Story about Couple That Fostered Baby With Medical Secret

Back in the early 1970s, Corrine and Roger Vogel were ready to start their family. They’d always felt the calling to foster a child in need and found exactly what they were looking for in a 10-week-old baby girl named Cindy. Cindy was born with a hole in her heart, but doctors didn’t initially tell […]

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‘They forgot about us:’ Thousands of families are doing the same work as foster parents in Virginia, without the support

Thousands of families are doing the same work as foster parents without the support

On a June day in 2011, Ray Richardson was at work when he got a call from his daughter and was given a choice: Either his granddaughter, 7-year-old Lilia, would be staying with Richardson and his wife, or she was going into foster care. “Period. Point blank,” Richardson recalled. So he and his wife, Carolyn, […]

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For youth in foster care, mentors matter

For Foster Care Youth, Mentors Matter

Every day, young people in foster care face important decisions about their education, home placements and family connections. Many foster youth are moved from living situation to living situation and the relationships they’ve built with their biological and foster families, teachers and other caring adults are disrupted, leaving the transported foster youth to start from […]

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Foster Grandparents Honored at Annual Dinner

Foster Grandparents Honored at Annual Dinner

The Broome County Office for Aging was honoring members of the Foster Grandparents program tonight with their annual dinner. You don’t have to adopt a child to be a foster grandparent. Vince Fox, Director of the Foster Grandparent Program, said “Foster grandparents are senior citizens that volunteer inside schools… And they help children that need […]

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Former homeless student now heading to university as a presidential scholar

Former Homeless Student now heading to school as a presidential scholar

A Milwaukee teen once in and out of foster care is now a presidential scholar. Isaac Wells graduated with top honors and is heading to University of Wisconsin-Madison on nearly full scholarship. Friday night, Isaac was volunteering at St. Ben’s in downtown Milwaukee to serve meals to the homeless and hungry. “We used to have […]

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Invest in foster youth before another generation is lost

Just Do It! Invest in Foster Youth before another generation is lost

As a teenager, I fought to keep a roof over my head and provide for my newborn child, living at times in a homeless shelter. Years later, as a foster parent, I saw firsthand the challenges and trauma foster youth face as they move from home to home, longing for a sense of stability amid […]

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