Dan Galpern, a longtime CR board member, explains his passion for reforming foster care.
My parents gave me the kind of love and support that every child deserves – but all kids are not so fortunate. When I learned that some grow up in foster care – often shuffled between homes and institutions, overmedicated, or repeatedly abused or neglected within the very systems that are supposed to protect them – I was incensed.
So when Alan Myers, Chairman of the Children’s Rights Board of Directors, asked me to join the Board over a decade ago, I couldn’t turn him down. I was fueled by a sense of gratitude to my parents, and a personal drive to give kids the best opportunities for successful futures. I wanted foster children to have what I consider so vital: families to care for them, watch out for them, and love them unconditionally.
By using legal action to systematically improve foster care, Children’s Rights has impacted the lives of thousands upon thousands of kids. I have met some of these children, and I have heard their heartbreaking stories. But thanks to Children’s Rights their stories are ending in hope.
When I became a member of the Board, I was in my early 30′s, still single, and not yet a father. Now I have a wife and two little girls at home. I look at my daughters, and I think there is nothing I wouldn’t do to protect them. Foster children need someone to look at them the same way. I am happy to be a part of an organization that is making this happen.
Children’s Rights is a small organization, trying to solve an enormous problem. With about 650,000 kids spending time in U.S. foster care ever year, there is still much more work to do. We need the smartest, most passionate, giving people to join our cause.
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