Pilot Plan to expand use of parent advocates in foster care

New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services is launching a pilot program to expand the use of parent advocates who have experience dealing with the foster care system and can support mentor parents whose children are currently in foster care. The “Parents Supporting Parents” initiative will be launched at two nonprofits, Graham Windham and Rising […]

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Foster Fit Seeks to Provide Foster Youth With CrossFit Gym Membership

Providing Foster Youth With CrossFit Gym Membership

Starting this week, athletes around the world can compete in the first-ever online Foster Fit competition, a fundraiser to provide children in the child welfare system with a CrossFit gym membership. Why it matters: According to the Children’s Rights organization, there are nearly 424,000 children in foster care on any given day in the U.S. […]

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Ohio man adopts 5 siblings as foster children

Ohio man, Former Foster Child Adopts 5 Siblings as His Children

“I understand how they feel,” Carter said. “I understand what they went through, so it really touched me. I was already thinking about adopting all of the kids but when I saw them crying, I was like, ‘Ok, I’m going to take all five to keep them together.” When he was 12, Robert Carter went […]

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Online training credited with jump in number of first-time families accepting foster children

Online training credited with Increase in number of first-time families accepting foster children

The coronavirus pandemic caused children to shelter in place at their homes, which could have been even more stressful to kids in the foster care system. Denise McGinty, community resource coordinator for the National Youth Advocate Program, an organization that works to place children with foster families, said the pandemic separated foster kids from other […]

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Column: Connecting open arms and homes to children in need

Connecting open arms and homes to FL children in need

Opening your arms to a child who has experienced abuse or neglect should come naturally to all of us. Opening your home takes another level of commitment. Charlotte County [Florida] needs more families willing to open their homes and their hearts to children in foster care. The most recent data indicates that Charlotte County has […]

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ND native Mrs. International 2020 speaks out about National Adoption Month

Mrs. International 2020 speaks out about National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. It’s a time to raise awareness of the need for permanent families for children in the foster care system. KX News spoke with Mrs. International who is from North Dakota about her very own adoption platform. She says In 2019, about 122,216 children in the U.S. were waiting to be […]

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I've worked in childcare for 15 years. Here's how to solve the US childcare crisis once and for all

Solving the US Childcare Crisis once and for all?

The pandemic has amplified our country’s already-existing childcare crisis. With parents making up 41% of the workforce, a lack of childcare is affecting the labor market and decreasing economic output. Public companies and policymakers must come together to build a universal, well-oiled plan that includes public-private cost-sharing, compensation for unpaid caregiving labor, and higher pay […]

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Matthew’s Closet supplies clothes, supplies free of charge to new foster families

Matthew’s Closet supplies clothes, supplies free of charge to new foster families

BUCKHANNON – Usually when families have a child, they have approximately 40 weeks to prepare for the arrival. However, for families who help by taking foster children into their homes, sometimes the arrival can be sudden or come in the middle of the night. Matthew’s Closet, started by Glenda […] “We have been foster parents […]

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Hallmark Actress Announces Son’s Adoption, Names Him for ‘God’s Divine Peace’

Hallmark Actress Jen Lilley Announces Son’s Adoption, Names Him for ‘God’s Divine Peace’

Hallmark actress and 2020 Movieguide® Awards Gala Host Jen Lilley announced the adoption of her son Jeffrey. The foster care advocate shared the good news on Instagram. “I have loved this little one since his momma’s first sonogram,” Lilley captioned the post. Lilley and her husband, Jason Wayne, previously adopted Jeffrey’s brother, Kayden. “Words cannot […]

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