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Son’s Killing Prompts Woman to Seek Child Welfare Inquiry

This three-year-old was beaten to death in his paternal grandmother’s home allegedly despite concerns reported to authorities. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/22/nyregion/sons-killing-prompts-woman-to-seek-child-welfare-inquiry.html?ref=topics&_r=0

By | November 21st, 2014|Blog|

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Kids are like trees. They must be rooted in order to grow in strong, life-giving ways. More than 100,000 kids in foster care are waiting to be adopted by loving families. They’re waiting to be [...]

By | November 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|

Thank You Congress!

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act was signed into law today, promising new hope of permanent families for children and more support for kids aging out of the system. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marian-wright-edelman/good-news-for-children-wh_b_6005368.html  

By | October 17th, 2014|Blog|

When Do Babies Learn Self-Control?

Babies as young as age four months can read emotions in others. It’s time to use these findings and others to make better decisions about the care and treatment of babies in foster care. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/when-do-babies-learn-self-co

By | October 8th, 2014|Blog|

IKP Information Night and Book Signing

When: October 8, 2014, 7-8 PM Where: 4848 Duff Drive Suite A Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 Ever wonder what happens to abused and neglected kids once they enter the system? How long do they stay? Where do [...]

By | September 26th, 2014|Blog|

Invisible Kids Project Launches

An effort to protect children in foster care kicked off on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The Invisible Kids Project launched on Saturday afternoon. It's made up of foster and adoptive parents, caseworkers and others. [...]

By | August 17th, 2014|Blog|

From the Frontline: The View From A Veteran Caseworker

Five Super Powers I Wish I Had:  The ability to stop time. There is NEVER enough time in the day. You end up working 12 hour days (still getting paid for 8) and you don’t [...]

By | August 16th, 2014|Blog|

How to stay involved in your child’s education when your child is in foster care

Erika Palmer, a staff attorney at Advocates for Children in New York City, explains parents’ rights to stay involved in their children’s education while their children are in foster care. Advocates for Children’s special project [...]

By | August 15th, 2014|Blog|

Making The Most Of Visitation

“Visiting between parents and their children in foster care is generally considered to be the most important factor contributing toward timely reunification. Visiting maintains the connection between parents and child during placement and allows the [...]

By | August 15th, 2014|Blog|

It’s A Jungle Out There

Coming Soon... Recent video shoot at Cincinnati Zoo with Ron Evans, the zookeeper who oversaw the care and transition of Gladys the baby gorilla neglected by her biological mother. Humans share 98% DNA with gorillas. [...]

By | August 14th, 2014|Blog|

Fostering Empathy

em·pa·thy noun \ˈem-pə-thē\ : the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else's feelings. —Merriam Webster "Does anyone understand how I feel?" This can be said by [...]

By | August 13th, 2014|Blog|

U.S. Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities vs. U.S. Combined Military Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2001-2010

 Child maltreatment deaths in US* Combined US military deaths during 2 wars** Imagine if we harnessed our best thinking, resources, and passion around protecting children from abuse or neglect. [...]

By | August 8th, 2014|A, Blog|

A Foster Parent’s Fears

What is there to be afraid of? Ask any foster parent that question and they can easily pull about five things off the top of their head. Losing the child they have grown to love. [...]

By | August 8th, 2014|Blog|

Meet System Monster

First of all, let’s make something very clear. We LOVE System Monster. Think of our monster friends from the blockbuster hit “Monsters, Inc.” Most of those monsters were good and well-intended. They never meant any [...]

By | August 8th, 2014|B|

Part 2: Child Protection System Crash Course

Who’s Who in the Zoo? I couldn’t resist. If you’ve ever sat in juvenile court for any length of time, you know what I mean. It can feel like a zoo. Here’s who’s at the [...]

By | August 8th, 2014|Blog|

The Boy And Book That Started It All

Invisible Kids Marcus Fiesel's Legacy. When Marcus Fiesel’s story of torture, abandonment, and a slow, agonizing death came to light, it was not exactly news to Holly Schlaack. She was an insider in the foster [...]

By | August 7th, 2014|D|

Part 1: Child Protection System Crash Course

How a Child Becomes Yours (and every other taxpayer’s) Child is suspected of being abused, neglected of basic needs, or dependent without proper care and supervision. Someone (teacher, neighbor, coach, relative, or anonymous) calls child [...]

By | August 7th, 2014|Blog|

Who Stole The Kid?

I’ve heard parents and family members say that children’s services stole their kids. I’m pretty sure caseworkers don’t have sticky fingers. Even if they did, kids are pretty hard to steal. Some people think children’s [...]

By | August 7th, 2014|Blog|

A Dozen Ways To Make A Difference

Pay attention. Abused and neglected kids are in every community around the country. Just look at the daily news. Knowing they exist is a good first step. While you’re at it, offer up a prayer [...]

By | August 6th, 2014|E|

What To Inspect When You’re Inspecting

Conducting a home visit is the most important duty a caseworker performs. Capturing as much information as possible is critical when it comes to making decisions about the safety and well-being of children. Two different [...]

By | August 6th, 2014|Blog|