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Opinion: Growing up in the foster care system, my pain, my scars and my needs became invisible

"To spread healing within our communities, I believe it’s important for people to go beyond what they think they know about foster care and mental health, and be open to truly connecting with the experiences...
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In this short but moving documentary, a young man traces his own history of foster care in the Bay Area, telling his own story and those of other youth who aged out of care and...
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The hurdles facing California kids, explained

The state ranks 35th in overall child well-being, which includes education, economic security and health.
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Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families

This wonderful interactive resource from The Chronicle of Social Change offers a comprehensive look at how many youth are in foster care in the U.S., by state and type of placement.
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People Don’t Outgrow the Effects of Childhood Trauma Just Because They Become Adults

A good reminder of how childhood experiences (especially traumatic ones) shape our brains and how we don't just outgrow them.
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New UCLA Research Center Will Focus on Preventing Entries into Foster Care, Needs of Foster Youth

A new research center here in California should provide valuable insights for all who work with youth in foster care.
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Losing children to foster care endangers mothers’ lives

An academic study of the dramatic effects on women whose children are put in foster care.
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Foster carers are more than parents – it’s important to recognise that

The chief executive of The Fostering Network explains the subtle & important difference in terminology used in the UK for "foster carers" rather than "foster parents."
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Can a Broken Foster Care System Be Fixed? These Philanthropists Think So

A radical effort to cultivate public/private partnerships in Los Angeles County will hopefully pioneer improvements for foster care around the country.
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