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Thousands of children in the U.S. are awaiting adoption while the foster care system remains saturated with cases. The national award-winning family radio talk show Let's Talk America with Host Shana Thornton will put the spotlight on adoption and foster care with respected licensed social worker Nicole Harris on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm EST. This exclusive conversation will highlight essential information for all individuals considering adoption or foster care. Real talk for real people!
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May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. In this country, on any given day, there are over 400,000 children living in a home other than their own. Their caregiver is someone other than their parents.
Today we take a look at a system that has faced the praises and condemnation by many people.
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Join us as we welcome Capri Cruz. She is a two-time published author, empowerment speaker, and life coach with an incredible personal story of strength, courage and resilience. She is a professional certified counselor, holds a masters degree in counseling, and is a proud retired Navy Veteran.
She has been featured on television, radio and in print publications and has a lengthy list of accomplishments. Seeing her in all her glory, you would never imagine that she grew up on the streets of New York as an abandoned child in the Foster Care system. But she didn’t allow her past to determine her destiny. With her most recent book, which is entitled, “From Foster Care to Fabulous”, Capri joins the Priceless Perspective Show to share insight on how to not allow your past to determine your destiny.
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Comfort Cases for Children in Foster Care: It Takes a Village! Join Us!
We often take our lives for granted. There are children across the United States that drifts from pillar to post daily. Ideally when we imagine childhood, we envision smiling faces and endless giggles. However, this is not always the actuality for countless youth. Children are experiencing the unthinkable. We must open our minds and hearts to this crude reality. Tonight Kathy Jackson the "Pajama Drive" Mom and Rob Scheer, Founder/CEO of Comfort Cases will share how they combat the dilemma.
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To help launch a blog tour during the month of December dedicated to "Adoption & Foster Care Awareness and Support" we are hosting a panel discussion.
Currently the roster of guests include Sue Badeau,Patti J. Smith,Karen Gass,Marsha Hubler,Linda Wood Rondeau, and Anne Baxter Campbell.
We anticipate the roster of authors and professionals to grow as we get closer to the date of the show.Check my Twitter & Facebook for updates!
Leigh Esau was born in Lincoln, NE and spent the first six years of her life as a foster child. She was adopted and raised in Colorado, but Nebraska and the issues in foster care remained close to her heart. Leigh married and returned to Nebraska with her husband, Patrick, to raise their two sons. From 2000-2002 Leigh worked with teens in a group home which inspired the Esaus to pursue their foster parenting license. Through the next several years Leigh and Patrick fostered over 20 youth who benefitted from their stable and loving home. The Esaus were blessed to complete their family by adopting four of their foster children.
Through her foster parenting experiences, Leigh realized the need for foster children to receive good quality clothing of their own and the need foster parents have for support. Out of this realization, the Foster CARE Closet was born. Since its opening in 2006, The Foster CARE Closet has served over 10,000 children and families in Nebraska by providing them with needed clothes and supplies. The Foster CARE Closet has been recognized in the State of Nebraska as a 2012 Charity Integrity Award winner from the Better Business Bureau and nationally as an Angel in Adoption award winner. When Leigh isn't busy advocating for the needs of foster children, you can find her spending time with her kids, cheering on Husker athletics, or riding her ElliptiGO bike.
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Join CJ Harlan and Role Model Jessica Page on HARLAN TALK for Part 2 of In & Out Of Foster Care. Jessica shares how important her relationship is with her adoptive mother and gives some advice about: what it really takes to be a great parent; and what children need from their foster care parent or guardian. Her story is one that will leave you thinking about how you can make a difference in any child's life.Thank you for listening. Be sure to come back for more next week as we wrap up In & Out of Foster Care. Note: If you feel a child is being abused, please reach out to the proper authorities or ask Child Protective Services in your area to step in and help them. One call can save a life.
In the mid 19th century, some 30,000 homeless or neglected children lived in New York City streets and slums. Charles Loring Brace, the founder of The Children's Aid Society, believed that there was a way to change the futures of these children. By removing youngsters from city streets and placing them in farm families, he thought they would have a chance of escaping a lifetime of suffering. He proposed that these children be sent by train to live and work on farms in the midwest and west. The resulting Orphan Train Movement lasted from 1853 to the early 1900s, and transported more than 120,000 children to new lives.
Throughout its history, The Children’s Aid Society has remained on the front lines of foster care reform and advocacy. The Orphan Train Movement and the success of other Children's Aid initiatives led to a host of national child welfare reforms including child labor laws, adoption, foster care services, public education, the provision of health care, and nutrition and vocational training.
Over 510,000 American children are in foster care, taken away when their families are in crisis and can’t take care of them. But there aren’t enough foster families to take them in. There isn’t enough money to provide them the things every child needs. There aren’t enough people to help them, mentor them, or to simply cheer them up and give them hope for the future.
If nothing changes… by the year 2020:
22,500 children will die of abuse or neglect, most before their fifth birthday
More than 10.5 million children will spend some time in foster care
More than 300,000 children will age out of our foster care system, some in poor health and many unprepared for success in higher education, technical college or the workforce
75,000 former foster youth, who aged out of the system, will experience homelessness
Join Host, Nina Fitzhugh Wells as she and Shakeema Love share with you the plight of youth who age out of foster care. In celebration of the month of May as Foster Care Awareness Month, Nina and Shakeema advocate for youth as they transition from state support to self-sufficiency. Listen in as they share about the "i Excel HIGHER" Book Project and the Community Collaborations initiative sponsored by Excel HIGHER, Inc. Hear all about the "EHI Church Challenge" and how you can help support programs and services for former foster care recipients.
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Join us as we interview two more authors of the "i Excel HIGHER" book. Korrine Hallen and Davon Mitchelll are two foster care advocates who are making a difference by raising awareness to the plight of foster youth and alumni everywhere. Tune in and be enlightened.
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