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WNYC News

In Foster Care, Treating the Trigger

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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Research suggests that abuse, abandonment and neglect can change the way a child's brain develops. Doctors are now treating some of the city's most vulnerable children for PTSD.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Books That Changed Minds About Family

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

In our ongoing series on "books that changed your mind", authors Andrew Solomon and Cris Beam talk about the approaches to parenting and kinship in their popular books.

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The Takeaway

Thousands in Foster Care Wrongly Medicated

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In California, a year-long investigation by the San Jose Mercury News discovered foster and healthcare providers across the state mis-medicating thousands of children in their care.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Life in State Care

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Where Is Your Mother? A Child Custody Case in California

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Foster Care System; Religion in Prison; Dying Bees; Economic Uncertainty and the Working Class

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.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Adopting Adults

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics; Dating in Brooklyn; Writer and Actor Jim Rash

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.”    

WNYC News

City to Pay $10M in Foster Child Abuse Suit

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.

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WNYC News

Sandy Leaves At-Risk Kids and Families in Perilous Position

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.

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Schoolbook

Authors Offer Steps to Help Homeless Teens

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.

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It's A Free Country ®

That's My Issue: Foster Care

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I was a foster kid... temporarily, I guess that's when it became my issue.

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WNYC News

Mom Accused in Toddler's Death Had Long History with ACS

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.

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Schoolbook

Life Lessons, Taught the Hard Way

Monday, April 30, 2012

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."

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The Takeaway

Should Obese Children Be Removed From Their Homes?

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.

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Radio Rookies

Nothing's Ever Permanent in Foster Care

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Nothing's ever permanent in foster care" is how Rookie Reporter Michael Jacobson describes his life in the system. Michael has lived in seven different homes in just four years. 

Radio Rookies

Someone to Tuck Me In

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Raymond Henderson and his sister live with the home health attendant who cared for their mother as she was dying. She has offered to adopt them, so Raymond must make a decision. 

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Radio Rookies

Growing Up in The System

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Shirley Diaz’s life has been shaped by the tragedy of her mother’s murder and the difficulty of growing up in six different foster homes.

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