My Christmas in Foster Care

What’s it like to be in foster care during the holidays? This aged out foster kid gives us a glimpse. Thanks to all of you who open your hearts and homes to abused and neglected kids all year. What a gift you have been!

By | December 25th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on My Christmas in Foster Care

786 Abused Kids Died in Plain View of Authorities

Isn’t it interesting that retailers can track our purchases, google can track our clicks, and the government can track our income but no one’s figured out how to track the number of abused kids who died while being monitored or overseen by child welfare authorities? It’s true. There’s no single, complete set of data regarding the number of children who died while actively involved in the child welfare system, which means a child was a confirmed victim of abuse or neglect and was being protected from further harm. Except it didn’t work out that way for AT LEAST 786 of them over a six-year span.The exact opposite happened. They died. Thanks to the efforts of the Associated Press, we have a ballpark figure now, although it is likely much higher. Surely if our clicks can be tracked, so can our invisible kids in the child welfare system.

By | December 18th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on 786 Abused Kids Died in Plain View of Authorities

Report: More than 30,000 Ohio kids are abused, neglected

An Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project report says more than 30,000 children and 105,000 elderly people are abused or neglected each year and more than 82,000 women are physically assaulted by their intimate partners. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said at a conference on Friday that state officials must work on prevention and identification of family abuse situations. The head of the Family Violence Prevention Project says the statistics were drawn from reporting by victim-services organizations and represents only a portion of Ohioans who are abused or neglected. If you're still not convinced that we need your help, read this article.  

By | December 6th, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Report: More than 30,000 Ohio kids are abused, neglected

Change Letter Writing Campaign: Anderson group

Holly Schlaack leads a group of Anderson teens and parents in writing letters as part of our national movement to send 1,837* letters to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is responsible for overseeing the foster care system nationally. These letters will help ensure that our system leaders realize the importance of stable relationships for kids—especially those who have been abused and neglected. The letters will also send a message that people care deeply about—and will not ignore—the ongoing trauma our nation’s foster children experience in the very system designed to protect them. Learn how to host a letter writing group.

By | November 30th, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Change Letter Writing Campaign: Anderson group

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.

By | November 21st, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Son’s Killing Prompts Woman to Seek Child Welfare Inquiry

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.  

By | October 17th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Thank You Congress!

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.

By | October 8th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on When Do Babies Learn Self-Control?

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 they go? Who decides? Join the IKP team for their insider views on all things related to the system including foster care and adoption. Our experiences with the system have been life-changing and powerful. We invite you to learn more and consider how you can help improve the lives of very vulnerable children. Holly Schlaack will be available to sell and sign copies of Invisible Kids: Marcus Fiesel’s Legacy, a book written to educate and empower the general public to get involved and help kids and families in the system. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Just shoot a quick email to or give us a call at 513.452.8050.

By | September 26th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on IKP Information Night and Book Signing

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. The goal is to ensure children in protective services have a healthy relationship with their caregivers.

By | August 17th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Invisible Kids Project Launches

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 have a life outside of work. Oh, and you would have time to eat! Predicting the future.  You use your best judgment and the “skills” you learned in formal education and training. Then the real world is totally different. Your “gut instinct” isn’t something you can prove and means absolutely nothing in court, and sometimes people’s behavior defies all logic.  The result is life and death: breaking up families or leaving a child in a potentially dangerous situation. You can never be 100% sure of anything. Teleportation.  So much of your time is spent traveling and it is so frustrating.  And some babies cry in cars… A lot!  Visiting kids in residential treatment can be [...]

By | August 16th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on From the Frontline: The View From A Veteran Caseworker