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He has a name

He has a name

Around the country foster group homes, juvenile detention centers, and prisons where youth are held are seeing an uptick in coronavirus outbreaks. Riots are breaking out with kids running away from facilities because they are afraid of being infected – in one instance they were tear-gassed. These children are being placed in 20-hour-plus solitary confinement […]

Virtual Art Class with Award-Winning Visual Artist

Virtual Art Class with Award-Winning Visual Artist

Join us on Thursday, May 21st at 3 PM EST for a virtual art class with Ronald Draper, Children’s Rights Young Professional Leadership Council Member, and Award-Winning Visual Artist.   Reciprocity & Generosity Through Art: A virtual art class for all experience levels to offer hope to those who need it most.   The concept: […]

I didn’t know I was this strong.

I didn’t know I was this strong.

By Sadaf Sheikh

I was born in New Jersey 21 years ago but moved as a baby to Pakistan with my parents and half-sister. Fast forward to 2018 when, halfway through my junior year at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, I moved into The New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan. Me! Living at an iconic New York landmark, built […]

The father I want to be

The father I want to be

By Dimitri Carpenter

For me, the COVID-19 crisis is happening on two levels. As a deputy with the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office in Conroe Texas, my work life has adjusted, we are taking precautions, but it’s still basically business as usual. I am trained to keep people calm, caution them to take care, but not to panic. Our […]

I’m not giving up

I’m not giving up

By Khadija Adula

Meet 29-year old Khadija Adula. Born to Malian parents in Congo, Brazzaville, Khadija spent much of her youth running from unsafe and unstable living situations. A recent college graduate, she dreams of being a gynecologist to protect girls in West Africa from the heinous practice of female genital mutilation.

Khadija shares her journey of resilience and realizing her dreams.

I love my NOW

I love my NOW

By Bilonda Tshimanga

I’m a junior in college, and like students across the globe, COVID- 19 has thrown everything down around me. I would have never expected school would shut down, let alone our country and much of the economy.  But it is sort of funny, having spent time in foster care actually makes me really good at […]

This is my time.

This is my time.

By Travis Schwerin

Meet Travis Schwerin. Originally from Wisconsin, Travis grew up dreaming of a mother he saw from TV personalities. Watching Rosie on TV, he was able to see what a loving parent looked like. Unfortunately, his experiences differed greatly from what he saw. Travis entered the foster care system at the age of 7. Bouncing among various foster families and his birth mom. Now a young adult, he refuses to let his past circumstances define his life. Travis shares his experiences in the foster care system and the bright future he is building for himself. Here’s Travis’ story.

It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

By Nawanna Snipe

Nawanna Snipe fought a long battle to adopt her daughter Deanna, now 10 years old. With her grandmother’s words of wisdom and love echoing in her ears, she has made it her primary job to ease the pain of her daughter’s past and provide a loving home.

Nawanna discusses the joys and challenges of being a mom to a child who was in the foster care system.

Here’s their story.

Running the race set before me

Running the race set before me

By Danielle Smith

Until the coronavirus arrived, the gym was one place where I lived out loud. I have a passion for fitness; it keeps me sane. Now the virus has left me at home more these days which is not the normal for me. I do have an overwhelming 18 credits I’m working toward this semester as […]

Spreading my wings

Spreading my wings

By Sandra Carpenter

Sandra Carpenter opened her home for over 16 years to 65 kids in the foster care system. After having 3 kids of her own, they extended their family, adopting 8 children. Being a foster parent isn’t the only way she has helped kids. Over 14 years ago, she opened an organization to support kinship placements and youth aging out of the system. Sandra shares her experience as a foster parent and child advocate.