Tony Dungy, wife Lauren talk children’s books, adopting seven kids, foster care

  Tony Dungy is living testimony to family, faith, and football. His family is strong. Dungy has been married to his wife Lauren for 36 years. The couple has 10 children, seven of whom have been adopted. Along the way, he has raised his voice as a passionate advocate for the foster care system in […]

Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #2: Getting Serious About Siblings

Barros identifies three ways she believes Congress can better ensure that siblings removed into foster care can stay together when that is their wish. First, she calls for a National Sibling Bill of Rights that would provide “specific guidance on keeping siblings together.” Source: Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts #2: Getting Serious About Siblings

Renaissance Woman — Nanxi Liu | The Argonaut Newsweekly

Liu is branching out to community affairs. She’s on the board of the National Foster Youth Institute with her local congresswoman, Rep. Karen Bass, and in May she was appointed to the Mar Vista Community Council.“Part of what makes the Westside great is people really love that work-life balance, and so do I. … People’s […]

100 Former Foster Youth Visit Members of Congress to Advocate for Child Welfare Reform 

Shadow Day

Each May, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth introduces a resolution to recognize May as National Foster Care Month. Last year the resolution was cosponsored by more than 130 Members of Congress. In addition to re-introducing this important resolution to call attention and raise awareness about this issue, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth will […]

Documentary: Congratulations, You’re On Your Own: Life After Foster Care

“Congratulations, You’re On Your Own” takes an intimate look at the real-life stories of several young people who have recently “aged out” of foster care. In LA County, most young people age out of the foster system at age 21. At that point, they exceed the maximum age requirement needed for their caregiver to receive […]

Not Your Statistic | To Foster Change

Shari is a former foster youth who entered foster care at age 14. Beating the odds of the 97% of foster youth who don’t finish college, Shari graduated from California State University Northridge. During college, she worked for the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. Today, Shari is pursuing her Master’s degree in […]

County program to help children of addicts in foster-care system | WDTN

With the opiate epidemic gripping Montgomery County, DeWine’s office chose eight counties for a new pilot program to help children going through the system due to a drug-addicted parent or guardian. The program is part of a $1 million grant providing for the cost of a full-time staff member who will be responsible for family […]

Oak Grove to expand family services and programs for foster youth

Oak Grove CEO Tammy Wilson and site director Randy Wilson are not new to the desert. Their organization has been providing services for struggling families and children in the Coachella Valley for over five years. In 2015, Oak Grove moved into its current Bermuda Dunes location.A few weeks ago, Oak Grove in the Desert joined the […]

Los Angeles Orders Agencies to Report on LGBTQ Services for Youth in Foster Care – The Chronicle of Social Change

In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a motion aimed at improving the experience and outcomes for LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system.“[It’s] amazing to see folks from across L.A. County really in support of LGBTQ rights,” said Jenny Dang Vinopal, executive director of the National Foster […]

As opioid crisis strains foster care, states aren’t tracking the damage | Reveal

New Hampshire social workers are all too familiar with how opioid abuse can push children into foster care. They see it all the time.The chain of events is often the same: After being approached by social workers, addicted parents continue to overdose or start dodging them. State officials deem the home unsafe and seek a […]