News Report: NYC Child Welfare Workers Missed Warning Signs of Abuse in Myls Donson Case

By CR Staff

At just 4 years old, Myls Donson’s life came to a sudden end. The details surrounding his death, which have garnered national attention, show that despite the warning signs, Donson suffered severe neglect and child abuse that went unnoticed by New York City child welfare caseworkers, according to CNN. The boy’s father had an extensive criminal record, […]

‘That Was A Nightmare’: One North Carolina Boy’s Foster Care Story

By CR Staff

Jed Maddalon entered foster care after he was found chained to a bed. While he now has a loving family, Jed’s journey through North Carolina’s child welfare system was harrowing. WCNC Charlotte featured his story and it begins with Jed almost dying: “He was severely neglected to the point of dehydration and starvation, almost death. He was basically […]

Illinois Debt Crisis Leaves Treatment Centers Strapped, More Kids in Prison

By CR Staff

Illinois is $6 billion in debt and the state’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has lost $250 million of its budget over the last 10 years. The mounting debt and cutbacks have resulted in significant collateral damage for children served by DCFS providers, according to an article in Reflejos: The cuts have “forced the elimination of […]

Child Abuse in Army Families Rises 40 Percent. What’s Being Done to Stop It

By CR Staff

An investigation by the Army Times found 3,698 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in Army families last year, a staggering 40 percent increase from 2009. According to a Huffington Post report, the military has yet to come up with an explanation for the increase. Meanwhile, the cases of horrific child abuse and neglect keep […]

Sex-Trafficking Sting Shows Foster Children are Especially Vulnerable

By CR Staff

The FBI announced on Monday that a nationwide sex-trafficking sting rescued 105 sexually exploited teenagers, according to a Los Angeles Times report. The three-day sting covering 76 cities focused on underage victims of prostitution and resulted in 150 suspected pimps being apprehended. In San Francisco alone, officers rescued 12 juveniles and arrested 17 pimps. The raids, executed by […]

Mother Claims Missouri Child Welfare Failed Her Son, Department Admits Errors

By CR Staff

Brooke Barnes’ son, Lucas Webb, is dead, and she claims that new details show the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) carries some of the blame for the four-year-old’s death in a 41 Action News report. According to Lucas’ autopsy, he died from blunt force trauma to his abdomen that went untreated. Prosecutors have charged both […]

Fighting to Fix a National Tragedy

By Marcia Robinson Lowry

As our inaugural Fostering the Future campaign comes to a close, we have had the privilege of sharing 24 first-hand accounts of life in state care, as well as the perspective of several dedicated advocates. Some people describe how foster care provided the foundation to become happy, productive adults. “I now have awesome supporters, a […]

A Solution for the Silent Struggle

By Gabrielle Garcia

I had an “identity crisis” during my first year of college. Back home I never had time to reflect. I was always in survival mode. If I wasn’t in school, I was working. If I wasn’t working, I was contacting my caseworkers to make sure they were doing the things I needed them to do. […]

Let Your Past Fuel Your Future

By Dameon “D.” Pichetrungsi

Good day to all, my name is Dameon “D.” Pichetrungsi, and I am a former foster youth from Los Angeles, CA. I was eight years old when a friend’s mother noticed some bruises on my face and arms from a recent beating by my father. The next thing I remember is being taken by the police and […]

Starting From Scratch

By Estefania Gomez

I’ve been alive for 20 years and most of them have been a real challenge to get through. The biggest reason is that I was placed in New York City’s foster care system when I was just three years old. My father had become abusive and my mother shared his drinking problem, which made it […]