A Struggle for Education in Foster Care

By CR Staff

For Leah Charpentier, getting the education every child in foster care deserves proved to be a battle in Rhode Island — but it was a battle she was ready to fight. Earlier this month, millions of children in America have gone back to school. While convention has it that kids dread getting back on the […]

Foster Care Alum Turns Adversity into Accomplishment

By CR Staff

Shalita O’Neale started the Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center because she knew firsthand how difficult it is to age out of foster care and build a life for yourself. Did you know that as many as three out of every 10 young adults who age out of foster care without a permanent family or connection […]

Oklahomans Express Frustration With Child Welfare Commissioners “asleep at the wheel”

By CR Staff

Spurred by Children’s Rights reform campaign, pressure is mounting on Oklahoma child welfare commissioners, too many of whom seem less than engaged in foster care problems. It’s getting hot in Oklahoma … especially for the majority of commissioners charged with overseeing the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS). Just a few weeks ago, we reported […]

The Spirit of Giving Carries on for a New Jersey Family

By CR Staff

Six sisters, each given the gift of a loving family through foster care, give of themselves — literally — with a very special gesture. More than a decade ago, Denise and Tim Winner of Deptford, NJ,gave a gift of incalculable value, something that would give back day after day, as long as they lived. In […]

A Milwaukee Couple Changes Lives — One Child at a Time

By CR Staff

Sometimes their home serves as a temporary respite from trying family circumstances. And other times it’s a final destination for a lucky kid. But the Rudolph family always offers protection, support, and love. No one wants to see a child torn away from family. So when a state takes custody of an abused or neglected […]

Spotlight on a Foster Care Hero

By CR Staff

The value of a sacrifice can’t always be measured in absolute terms. An 11-year old girl from Alaska recently demonstrated we can all make a difference for kids in foster care. In many ways, Ema Fiedler is like pretty much any sixth grader. She loves to draw dresses and other outfits; she’s a voracious reader, […]

Freed from a Pharmaceutical Fog, A Young Man’s Life Changes

By CR Staff

The Texas child welfare system created more problems for a boy who already had many by pumping him full of drugs, a dangerous and growing trend all across the country. [Part 3 of 3] It started with one pill. The first night that Westley Swihart, then 14, spent in a Texas residential treatment center, the […]

A Merry-Go-Round of Psychotropic Drugs Can Destroy a Childhood

By CR Staff

Volatility in foster care placements and treatments undermines any attempt to use pharmaceuticals to heal abused and neglected children. [Part 2 of 3] When K.T. first entered foster care in 1997, she was six years old and drug free. Oklahoma child welfare officials placed her in state custody because her father had physically and sexually […]

Psychotropic Drugs: A Troubling Staple of Foster Care

By CR Staff

After suffering abuse and neglect, plenty of America’s foster children need therapy and medical assistance, but across the nation it’s become too easy to throw mind-altering pills at their problems and hope they go away. [Part 1 of 3] Two years ago, a South Florida doctor prescribed a dangerous antidepressant called Symbyax to a young […]