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Our First Government Response … *sigh*

Good News! We got a letter/response from the Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland. He thanked us for our letter and expressed his commitment to being responsive. Bad News! We got the same, duplicate letter/response addressed to Ms. M.* of Baltimore, MD. I hope she’s not waiting for his response because it came to Ohio. In case she is, we’ll post here. We all make mistakes. Things happen. Totally understandable. We’d like to forge a good relationship with Governor Hogan because we think he’s probably a good guy. Most elected officials want to do the right thing, especially when it comes to abused and neglected kids. Problem is, how are we supposed to form a relationship with him when our initial attempt is met with this unfortunate sloppiness? Relationship. Connection. Shared concern about the 400,000 kids in foster care and the mostly dismal outcomes they face. These are what we want [...]

By | June 14th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Our First Government Response … *sigh*

Best News Ever!

Davion was 16 when he stood before a church congregation in Florida and asked for a forever family. He is finally right where he belongs. http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/finally-a-family-for-davion/2225047 www.fosteringrights.org &nb

By | April 21st, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Best News Ever!

The Ten Most Surprising Things About Foster Care

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-teo/the-10-most-surprising-things-about-foster-care_b_7058474.html “And that's not even getting to the civil rights of foster children who deserve to have their mental health needs met." ~Dawn Teo

By | April 12th, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Ten Most Surprising Things About Foster Care

There are Many Ways to Help Foster Kids and Families!

Foster-to-Adoptive Parents Krista and Howard Lorenz didn’t stop reaching out to help foster kids after they adopted. Instead, they founded Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a sense of belonging for foster kids. http://www.warmwelcomes.org/

By | March 21st, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on There are Many Ways to Help Foster Kids and Families!

Is 294 the Magic Number?

The National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Child Welfare Project has identified at least 294 bills enacted in approximately 45 states in 2014. Will they create better protection, care, and well-being of abused and neglected kids? We hope so! Time will tell. http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/2014-child-welfare-legislative-enactments.aspx

By | March 5th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Is 294 the Magic Number?

What are They Worth?

AARP spends $25 million per year in advocacy for seniors. All children's advocacy groups combined spend less than $1 million. We must care for our present AND our future. This seven-minute audio interview with Robert Fellmeth, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Institute, is well worth your time. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-all-50-states-failing-help-abused-and-neglected-kids

By | February 21st, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on What are They Worth?

We Love This!

"There’s no reason that foster kids should experience the same turnover rate as McDonald’s when it comes to their caregivers." ~Chris Chmielewski, Founder Foster Focus Magazine. Chris spent five years in foster care before he aged out of the system. He’s channeled his talent and passion into creating Foster Focus Magazine, America’s only monthly foster care magazine. Here’s our favorite thing about Chris: He is funny, funny, funny. You have to love a guy with a great sense of humor. http://fosterfocusmag.com/

By | February 12th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on We Love This!

The Future is Wide Open

http://www.fosteringchangenetwork.com/#!alumni-successes/cp7n There are thousands of former foster kids who’ve aged out of the system and gone on to do amazing things with their lives. Their past has not defined them. Instead, they’ve risen above it and aim to make the world a better place. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/2015/02/03/deerfield-couple-works-bolster-foster-care-experience/22814789/

By | February 3rd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on The Future is Wide Open

Commonalities of States Who Do It Better

Check out this full report for great info, including the commonalities of states who do a better job of protecting and supporting children. One commonality? A Citizen’s Review Panel. What an important way to involve the public and get a fresh perspective on cases. http://www.everychildmatters.org/national-activities/child-abuse-and-neglect-fatalities

By | January 12th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Commonalities of States Who Do It Better

8 years after Marcus, foster agency faces trouble again

Did you see Sheila McLaughlin's article in the Enquirer on Sunday, 12/27 about Lifeway for Youth, the foster care agency responsible for Marcus Fiesel’s death? It reopened in four other states under a different name and is a 35 million a year company with 198 violations for the exact reasons Marcus died. That’s just plain bad and wrong. It’s time to build a community to resolve these and other foster care problems.

By | December 28th, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 8 years after Marcus, foster agency faces trouble again