Showing Posts in "Improve Well-being of Children in the System"

By Diana Millner | Sep 17th, 2012

The Children's Defense Fund released the State of America's Children 2012 Handbook last month, an annual compilation of national data on child well-being, as well as its Portrait of Inequality which focuses on the state of the most vulnerable black and Latino children and youth in America.

By Brittany Anuszkiewicz | Nov 6th, 2012

"My future is to have a happy family, have a career, be something in life, be a role model, and teach people the right thing." These are the aspirations of one ninth grade foster youth at the Arise Academy Charter High School. Unfortunately, for too many youth in foster care, without the necessary guidance and support from committed and caring adults, dreams often fade into a harsh and bitter struggle for survival.

By Kathleen Creamer | Feb 5th, 2013

When a mother goes to jail, the impact on her family can be devastating. Most moms are the primary caretakers for their children at the time of their arrest, and the sudden absence of a mother leaves a void in a child’s life that is almost impossible to fill. In most cases, relatives step forward to care for and support the child, and while we know that parental incarceration places children at unique risk for low self-esteem and behavior problems, with family support and ongoing contact with their moms, many of these children do well and even thrive.

By Megan Stephens | Jan 29th, 2014

Today Cindy’s alarm went off at 5am, and it was still dark outside her window.  She doesn’t work until 9:00 am but she had to go to a home visit on the other side of the city.  Exhausted from being up late on the phone with one of her clients the night before, she arrived at her home visit with no one responding to the doorbell.  After about half an hour she was ready to give up, and the caregiver opened the door rubbing her eyes.  The caregiver expected Cindy at 7:00 pm, not 7:00 am—miscommunication strikes again.  However, still able to conduc

By Cathy M. Weiss | Feb 20th, 2014

This week the latest national data on children in foster care and their educational outcomes was released. Though it is hopeful to see a little reduction in the absolute number of youth living in foster care, it was painful to read how poorly they fare compared to all children.  Almost two-thirds of the nearly 400,000 youth in care are of school age.

Syndicate content