Connection in a Coffee Shop

Dear Friends, I’m sitting in a cozy coffee shop on a cloudy winter morning. Behind me a group of five gray-haired gentlemen chat about HGTV (of all things!). A dad and his sleepy teenager in [...]

By | January 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Former Foster Youth Spotlight: Stephanie

My name is Stephanie Cruz. I'm currently a wife and most importantly, a mother to a 2 year old little boy. Before that I was a foster child. I was in foster care 2 times [...]

By | September 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Street We Call the Child Welfare System

If you saw an infant crawling across a street alone, would you stand there and watch? Would you look the other way? Would you think, not my baby, not my problem?   I doubt it. I [...]

By | September 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

First Breaths, Last Breaths and What Comes Next

Twelve years ago, a blue-eyed baby boy took his first breaths in this great big world. His single mother subsequently took him home to a life of dysfunction, poverty, abuse and neglect. I often wonder [...]

By | July 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Together We Can Change the Child Welfare System

Who is responsible for foster care children residing in virtually every zip code across America? The answer might surprise you. It’s not your local children’s services agency. It’s not your governor. It’s not Congress or [...]

By | July 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

By | June 14th, 2015|Blog|

IKP launches national campaign calling on elected officials to step up and fix our nation’s very broken foster care system.

Our children are dying. Yours. Mine. Ours. This week, a letter penned by child welfare expert Holly Schlaack is being mailed to 600+ elected officials, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, all of [...]

By | May 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|

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. &nb

By | April 21st, 2015|Blog|

The Ten Most Surprising Things About Foster Care “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|

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 [...]

By | March 21st, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

By | March 5th, 2015|Blog|

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 [...]

By | February 21st, 2015|Blog|

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 [...]

By | February 12th, 2015|Blog|

The Future is Wide Open!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 [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|Blog|

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 [...]

By | January 12th, 2015|Blog|

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 [...]

By | December 28th, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

By | December 25th, 2014|Blog|

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 [...]

By | December 18th, 2014|Blog|

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 [...]

By | December 6th, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

By | November 30th, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|