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Growing up in New York state’s foster care system in the 1980s, I was well aware of the plight of those who age out of foster care without a parent or safety net. They often ended up on public assistance, homeless or incarcerated. They did not attend college, let alone...

April 26, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. — Being an extrovert is a double-edged sword. I can speak confidently in my college classes and in front of large groups. But everyone seems to think I’ve got it all under control, and I rarely feel that way. There’s a ticking clock always in the back o...

Children in foster care change schools as many as 15 times during their K-12 education. And each time they do, they risk falling behind up to 6 months academically. That’s why the Every Student Succeeds Act, the most significant federal education overhaul in more than...

It’s just common sense: An adult's past criminal history or history of child maltreatment is not to be balanced against the safety of a child. This is not to say a person with any criminal record should be barred as a foster parent, but certainly an applicant with a su...

April 11, 2017

Washington, D.C.—The First Star Institute, a national non-profit organization, is conducting a survey on college programs for foster youth and former foster youth. With only three percent of foster youth completing their college degree, First Star Institute aims to ide...

The “Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act” (S. 774, H.R. 1757) was introduced on March 29 in the Senate by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) with co-sponsors Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), and, for the first time in the House of R...

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It’s just common sense: An adult's past criminal history or history of child maltreatment is not to be balanced against the safety of a child. This is...

Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent

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