Thursday, May 22, 2014
Ira Lustbader, associate director of Children's Rights, talks about Children's Rights' new campaign called "Fostering the Future," which will highlight the personal experiences of kids who have spent time in the foster care system. Michael Place, a former foster youth and founder of Mind the Gap, a liaison between mental health practitioners and foster children, gives his suggestions for how to improve the system.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Rachel Aviv, staff writer for The New Yorker, recounts the story of Niveen Ismail, a mother whose young son was put up for adoption by the state of California despite her multi-year fight to prove she was fit to remain his parent. She writes about the case in her article “Where Is Your Mother” is in the December 2 issue of The New Yorker.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Cris Beam talks about her experience as a foster mother, and describes what it’s like for children growing up in the foster care system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the shuffling between private homes and group homes, the emotionally charged tug of prospective adoptive parents, the pull of biological parents, and aging out of the system. To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care draws on Beam’s experience and traces the firsthand stories of kids and parents.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
On today’s show: Foster mother Cris Beam talks about her experience and what she learned about the intricacies of the foster care system. Then, we’ll hear about four inmates at Pennsylvania’s Graterford Prison who work together in the chapel there. Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh investigates what’s causing the mass death of honey bees and what the possibility of their extinction would mean for all of us. Plus, a look at how working-class men and women are making the transition to adulthood in a time of economic uncertainty.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Susan Grundberg, executive director of You Gotta Believe, talks about her organization's work to help young adults who are phasing out of the foster care system. Joining her is Yolanda Perry, who will be talking about her experience as someone who was adopted through You Gotta Believe. The agency helps facilitate adoptions between teens/young adults and families who help guide them into adulthood.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham, discusses the security concerns at US embassies abroad and what it tells us about threats to the United States. Plus: adopting young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system to life on their own; the potential Midtown east rezoning plan; the dating scene in Brooklyn as seen through the lens of a fictional character; and actor, director, writer and producer Jim Rash on his new show on the Sundance Channel, “The Writer’s Room.”
Thursday, December 06, 2012
New York City has agreed to pay nearly $10 million dollars to settle an abuse case filed on behalf of 10 disabled children against a Queens woman who fraudulently adopted them more than 15 years ago, according to the New York Times.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Some of New York City's most vulnerable children may be in even more at risk following Sandy. The storm displaced thousands, and resource-strapped child welfare workers are trying to track down these vulnerable families and link them with services.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Teenagers age out of the foster care system at the age of 18. Many of them don't have the skills or the support network to make it on their own. Two advocates for children have written a book about six teens who found their way off the streets, and how they did it.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A 29-year-old mother accused of killing her 2-year-old toddler had just regained custody of him and three of her other kids earlier this year.
Monday, April 30, 2012
By Laura Klein
In her latest blog post about teaching at a South Bronx middle school, Laura Klein writes about visiting a student at an in-patient psychiatric facility. As a teacher, she writes, it's easy to take comfort in knowing that her expectations for troubled students provide "simplicity in a world that is chaotic and scary." But when an incident occurs, she writes, it reinforces that, "We don’t have the solutions, and even if we did, we don’t have the power to fix the things that are broken in their lives."
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
In Cleveland, Ohio an 8-year-old boy was removed from his home on the grounds that his severe obesity was the fault of his parental care. The young boy weighed over 200 pounds. For comparison, the average weight of an 8-year-old boy is about 60 pounds. The question isn't whether the boy was overweight, or whether his family could have done more in the 20 months that they were notified that his weight was a serious problem under consideration by the state. The question is whether or not foster care is really the best way to solve extreme obesity.
Thursday, June 30, 2011