Monthly Archives: December 2010

“Homeless for the Holidays”

Today the Huffington Post has published an article by Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association. In the post, Michael points out the tragic prevalence of homelessness among former foster youth. Please take a moment to read the post and share it with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends, as well as others in your circle. Michael points out how much even a seemingly small gesture can mean to a youngster in need.

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There’s Still Time to Help in Arkansas

Friends in Arkansas, if you are out shopping you may just come across a gift–large or small–that would mean the world to a foster child. There’s still time to help! From Phillips County Foster Children’s Christmas program: Contributions can be made payable to Phillips County Foster Children’s Christmas, P.O. Box 277, Helena, AR 72342. To sponsor a foster child or buy gifts listed on the “wish lists” please contact Chambers, Jackie Henry or Mary Clark at 870-338-8391. Drop-off Location Children … Continue reading

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Foster Youth Internship Program

From the National Foster Parent Association website: The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is now accepting applications for its 2011 Foster Youth Internship Program.  The program will run May 31-July 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.  The application deadline is January 7, 2011. This is a paid internship program; a travel stipend and housing are also provided.  Click here for more information.

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Foster Care Glossary

The world of foster care is filled with its own vocabulary. For example, most people don’t know that the term “put up for adoption” comes from a time when children were corralled into trains heading West from New York… kids were “put up” on platforms at each of the trains’ stops. Some were adopted; others were not. One of the most interesting books I’ve read about this practice is The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America by Marilyn Irvin Holt. … Continue reading

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Toy Drive in Washington State

Hello, Washingtonians! Our friends at Sleep Country are hosting their annual Foster Kids Secret Santa Toy Drive to help kids in foster care. The drive is going on through December 12th. You and your family and neighbors can bring toys for kids of all ages. Sleep Country’s partners will make sure that your heartfelt gifts are matched with the kids who really, really appreciate your kindness. Click here for store locations. Happy holidays!

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Clark Howard Is a Hero!

I love watching Clark Howard’s television show about how to manage money. He offers no-nonsense advice and inspiration for all of us. Clark Howard is more than a talk show host–he’s a hero for foster kids in Georgia. This year marks Clark’s 20th annual “Clark’s Christmas Kids” campaign. Clark will be speaking at Wal-Mart stores in Georgia to raise awareness about the needs of kids in foster care. For two decades, Clark has worked with the Georgia Department of Children … Continue reading

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