Film Brings Foster Care Stories to Life

It was 2010 when the idea first hit. Filmmaker Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza received a phone call from an old friend. It was Paul Griffin, founder of the Possibility Project in NYC,a nonprofit organization that works to empower youth. Each year, a group of young people who have experienced foster care come together to write and […]

Rosie Perez Describes Growing Up as a Ward of the State in New Memoir

When Children’s Rights Board Member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels recommended honoring Rosie Perez with our Children’s Rights Champion Award, he was on to something. We already knew about Rosie’s incredible artistic and philanthropic work — but only when she spoke at our annual benefit did we learn details about her childhood spent as a ward of […]

Commission Eyeing Big Changes for Cali’s Child Welfare System

Amid outrage over recent deaths of children under the supervision of child welfare agencies in California, a newly formed commission is calling for sweeping reforms, according to a recent series of reports by the Los Angeles Times. The first report revealed staggering statistics about California’s foster care system: Those living in homes run by private agencies were about […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]