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National Review Puts Foster Care Center Stage

National Review this month carries an array of powerful articles on foster care.  They blend heart and head, pathos and logical argument in remarkable fashion.  Meanwhile, the fact that National Review – widely recognized as a no-nonsense publication on public policy and limited government – is giving such attention to these issues is a testament […]


The Super Bowl and “the Supersex Myth”

Last week, the cover of a magazine jumped at me from an airport news stand.  It was an attack on anti-human trafficking advocates.  What?  I nearly rubbed my eyes.  That’s like attacking Captain America or Buzz Lightyear.   But reading the attack gave me much to ponder, and I couldn’t help sketching out those reflections in […]


Innocents Lost: Miami Herald Expose on Tragedies in the Foster System

Last week, we highlighted a controversial TED Talk urging the end of foster care.   The video and blog post stirred strong feelings among many.  Some resonated deeply with Molly McGrath Tierny’s condemnation of the foster system and emphasis on family preservation.  Others felt her proposed solutions would create a surge in children exposed to abuse […]


TED Talk Urges End of Foster Care

A provocative new TED Talk calls for an end to foster care as we know it.  Molly McGrath Tierny argues, “It’s not that government is doing it badly.  It’s that foster care is a bad idea.” Tierny’s argument is powerful, especially coming from someone with her resume.  Her leadership in the Maryland foster system helped […]


Good News on Foster Care Adoptions

Across the US, more and more Christians are stepping up for kids in foster care–via mentoring, fostering, adoption and more.  Region- and state-wide networks of churches are engaging together–from Colorado to Florida to Kentucky to Texas to Arkansas to Illinois to Georgia to California to Oklahoma. This week, the Federal government announced some good news regarding the number of adoptions from foster care nationwide:  they’re up, significantly.   No […]


Weaving Foster Care into Our Field of Vision in Simple Ways: The Lost Medallion

The reality of children growing up in foster care often remains invisible.   Sometimes, those of us who didn’t grow up “in the system” simply can’t see these precious kids and their unique hurts and burdens. A big part of that is because the system itself is often invisible to us.  For most Americans, the reality […]