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Foster care activity isn’t bad.  In fact, foster care activity is what has protected children, reunified families, and created new families for decades.  Foster care activity includes all the functions of professional agencies and other organizations that seek the well-being of children and families. So, foster care activity isn’t bad — it just isn’t enough.  […]


Where Broken Roads Can Lead

Bishop Aaron Blake, a bi-vocational pastor and high school guidance counselor, arrived in family court for the first time regarding the case of one of his teenage foster sons.  He recalls, “One of my boy’s rights were being terminated – I didn’t know what that meant.”   He sat there through the morning waiting for the […]


On Speaking Up for Little Brothers

I have two older brothers which can be a mixed blessing.  On the one hand, you have someone to play baseball with.  On the other hand, you have someone who can throw a baseball REALLY hard and can hit you in the stomach with it when you are up to bat in your backyard, rendering […]


What the Coronavirus Has Taught Us About the Pivot in Foster Care

When the topic of elementary school P.E. teachers comes up with a group of adults, it is usually a little divisive.  Some saw their P.E. class as a welcome escape from a desk-bound, math-riddled, sentence-diagramming school day.  Others saw their P.E. teachers as agents of torture.   I, for one, had a GREAT P.E. teacher.  […]


Coronavirus, University Closures, and the Potential Impact on Foster Youth

One of the current realities related to the coronavirus is the closing of colleges and universities around the country.  As you might expect, this could have a significant impact on young adults currently or formerly in foster care who are dependent on on-campus housing.  Yesterday, Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau released the […]