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 […]

Giving Kids in Foster Care a Fair Chance

By Stephen Dixon

One early afternoon, I was sitting under a small flowering mimosa tree in our yard when our neighbor Brenda walked briskly up the road carrying her infant. As she got closer, I could see that Brenda was covered with blood. She explained that she had stabbed a “friend,” that the police were coming and that […]

From Homeless to Hopeful

By Felix Heredia

I spent the summer I turned 13 homeless because my mother thought I was gay. She kicked me out of the house and told me to never come back because she didn’t want a “child of Satan” in her home. I didn’t really understand what was going at the time, I just knew I had […]

They Call It Resilience

By Steffanie Eisenga

The foster care system is the number one establishment in this nation that was built specifically to protect children. In my case it took more than five years of verbal abuse, neglect and rape for me to finally get my protection–not just food, shelter and clothes, but a real loving family who I knew would […]