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Foster Care System (34 found)

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Ricki interviews author Cris Beam about her new book, To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care. Beam talks about her personal interest in the topic and her conclusions about the system. (full text)

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Has a staff member made a difference in your life? Tell us about it! In our new Shout Out column, we ask readers to nominate favorite staff and explain what made them stand out. (full text)

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The writer describes going into care and details ways he could have been made to feel more respected and cared for. (full text)

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California now has schools keep track of how foster youth are doing in school and allots money to help bring their academic performance up to the levels of other students' (full text)

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Q&A with Cris Beam, foster mom, daughter of mentally ill mother, and author of To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care. (full text)

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Four teen girls in care give tips on how staff should talk to teens about sex and pregnancy. (full text)

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The two groups that provide attorneys to foster youth in New York City sued the city over the number of youth aging out into homelessness. The case was settled out of court. (full text)

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Zakkiaya applies for several types of public housing before she turns 21, but nothing comes through in time. Soon, she's sleeping on the subway. (full text)

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Precious runs away to Hollywood, where she lives for several months in a youth shelter. She sees the other kids succumb to drugs and prostitution. (full text)

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A study finds that children cared for by gay and lesbian adoptive parents do as well or better than those cared for by straight adoptive parents. (full text)

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Alexus misses her mother terribly when she goes into care. A few of her caseworkers make her feel cared for, but too many move on. (full text)

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Teen writers discuss the movies White Oleander, Precious, and Rosie O'Donnell's America. (full text)

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Advocacy group Children's Rights is suing the Massachusetts foster care system to get it to improve care. (full text)

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A recent study showed a high rate of foster kids being prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs; a new congressional group is investigating. (full text)

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Represent reporters ask the head of NYC's Administration for Children's Services what he will do to help teens in care. (full text)

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California’s dependency courts are usually closed to the public. But a bill introduced earlier this year in the California Assembly would allow the public to attend most court cases. (full text)

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MaryLee Allen of the Children's Defense Fund explains the concept of "cradle to prison"—how foster children are pushed by systems toward jail—and how to change that trajectory. (full text)

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Youth Power! is a peer advocacy group for youth in the foster care, mental health, juvenile justice, and other systems that make people feel stigmatized. (full text)

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The Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC) is a group of youth and adults working to improve foster care in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In one of their projects, young people are trained to go into homes and talk privately with kids about their concerns. (full text)

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Moving to different foster homes has disrupted the writer's education, but she still manages to graduate. (full text)

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Alene describes the chaos of the waiting room at family court. Parents and children argue, and the waits are endless. (full text)

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For too many students, special ed becomes a trap. A lawyer describes how to make it work for you.

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Dion explains how visits could be improved to help families stay connected while kids are in foster care.

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How adults can prevent abuse in foster care, and how teens can protect themselves.

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Hattie is waiting to be transferred from a group home to a foster home. Judging by the foster parents she’s met, it may be a long wait.

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Teens give specific advice on how adults can improve the process of moving kids from group homes to foster homes.

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Kareem wished he had been placed in foster care closer to his home. That way, he might have maintained a better relationship with his siblings.

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Based on her experience, Arelis argues that there are too many bad foster homes in the system.

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Drummonds, who grew up in foster care and went on to become head of a social services agency, describes his experiences as a "secondhand person" in the system. He gives advice to foster youth on overcoming negative experiences and achieving emotional independence from the past.

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Giselle describes four foster care staff types, including the ideal.

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James, 20, identifies with Elisa Izquierdo, a child known to the foster care system who was killed by her mother. James was severely abused by his foster mother for years, yet no one heard his cries for help. He gives advice on how to prevent abuse from going undetected.

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Staff in the author’s group home are not preparing teens to be independent.

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Youniqiue makes recommendations on how to prevent kids from falling through the cracks.

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Rick left foster care at age 21 with "no money, no prospects, no future." He thinks his independent living program could be been much more rigorous, but he also realizes that he was responsible for his dilemma.

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