Notes From the Field, Fall 2015

CR-NL-online-header-fall15Most children who are adopted from foster care join loving families that last, but all too often kids are placed in “forever homes,” only to have their stability shatter. While there is no precise count, advocates say hundreds of adoptions “dissolve” or “break” every year, and as we see in the cover story of the fall edition of Notes From the Field, the effects are heartbreaking.

In our In Focus feature, “When ‘Forever Families’ Don’t Last,” Jaquan describes being forced to try to make it on his own as a teenager, after he was kicked out of his abusive adoptive home. And Julius explains what happened after his adoption broke – he was shuffled between foster homes and split from his siblings, before finally being adopted again, this time, by “a good, safe family.”

This issue also includes a photo-packed review of our Tenth Annual Benefit, where we honored CR Board Chair Alan Myers and recognized The Honorable Bryanne Hamill, both of whom have been instrumental in transforming the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable kids. It also contains an update on our work in South Carolina, a state that recently agreed to critical improvements for its child welfare system, as well a look at the vulnerabilities of LGBTQ youth in state care.

On the Frontlines: From CR’s Executive Director
In Focus: When ‘Forever Families’ Don’t Last
CR Raises Over $1 Million at Annual Benefit
LGBTQ Youth Face Grim Reality in State Care
CR Insider: Alan Myers
In The Courtroom
Reform Watch

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