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The Spirit of Giving Carries on for a New Jersey Family

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Tennessee: One Young Woman’s Story Proves Child Welfare Reform Can Make a Difference

Behind strong, committed leadership, Tennessee has transformed its foster care system into one that relies less on group care and places children more appropriately with families, providing better outcomes for abused and neglected kids. Porscha McCracken’s life didn’t change overnight. But it’s tempting to think so, looking back on the day she found support and […]

Foster Care Stakeholders Confront a Lingering Problem in New York City

Two years after The Long Road Home, new data reveal that kids are still getting stuck in New York City foster care, Children’s Rights challenges the city to take immediate and effective action. Sixteen years ago, Children’s Rights launched its first reform campaign, demanding improvements in the foster care system run by the city that […]