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  • Sept. 21, 2021

    Volunteer Opportunities for Kids can Start with a Classic Lemonade Stand

    Volunteer Opportunities for Kids can Start with a Classic Lemonade Stand Finding volunteer opportunities for kids can be tough. Siena, an elementary school student, used her creativity, passion, and discipline to give back to youth in the foster care system. At just 7 years old, she crafted a plan to run a lemonade stand at…

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    Sept. 13, 2021

    Together We Rise Attends 2021 BrandSource Conference

    Foster Love - Together We Rise Attends 2021 BrandSource Conference Foster Love - Together We Rise received an invitation from BrandSource to attend the 2021 Double Down Conference. The TWR team met with patrons from across the nation looking to serve the local foster care community. During the conference, we had the pleasure of speaking with attendees about their personal connections…

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    Sept. 10, 2021

    From Foster Youth to Founder of Creation Nation

    From Foster Youth to Founder of Creation Nation Karen Nation, a business owner, Shark Tank contestant, and former foster youth used her platform to collaborate with Foster Love - Together We Rise to give back to kids presently in the system. When speaking on her experience in the foster care system, Karen specifically noted her memories of not…

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  • Sept. 7, 2021

    Community Service for Kids- Matthis and Luca Giveback to Foster Youth

    Community Service for Kids- Matthis and Luca Giveback to Foster Youth Finding community service opportunities for kids can be hard. Matthis, 13, and Luca, 10 of Shelter Island, New York are no strangers to giving back to those in need. Through their involvement with their karate studio, they have participated in fundraisers for St. Jude’s…

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  • Sept. 7, 2021

    New Mini- Department in Albany, NY Provides Foster Children with Free Essentials

    New Mini- Department in Albany, NY Provides Foster Children with Free Essentials A local Albany pastor has taken a major step toward helping foster kids in the Albany Area. More often than not, foster children wear hand-me-down clothing from previous children in their foster home. When moving from placement to placement, foster kids often have…

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    Sept. 1, 2021

    Portland Hairdresser Hosted Free Haircut Event for Kids in Foster Care

    Portland Hairdresser Hosted Free Haircut Event for Kids in Foster Care For kids in foster care, sometimes basic needs are forgotten, one of these needs being haircuts. These needs are not maintained for many reasons, including they are expensive, time consuming, and since the foster care system is so complex, they may be last thing…

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    Aug. 21, 2021

    Finding a Forever Family at 18 Years Old

    Finding a Forever Family at 18 Years Old Many teenagers don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, where they will spend the night, or who their family is. Teens in foster care do. The sad truth is that the older a child gets, the harder adoption becomes. Foster parents and…

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    Aug. 14, 2021

    Daisy Gonzales Beat the Odds of the Foster Care System

    Daisy Gonzales Beat the Odds of the Foster Care System The foster care system has a complex relationship with education. “The overall graduation rate for foster youth fell from 64.6 percent in 2019 to 55.3 percent in 2020” As for college, around 3% of former foster kids earn a college degree. These statistics are the…

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    Aug. 7, 2021

    Brave Abuse-Survivor Shares His Story in Hopes of Justice for Himself and Other Children Experiencing Abuse

    While foster care removes many children from dangerous situations, it can also cause further trauma and danger for them. Abuse in the System is More Common Than You Might Think As many as 28 percent of kids are abused while in the foster care system. However, official statistics may be severely underestimating the problem since…

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    Aug. 3, 2021

    Why You Should Help Teens in Foster Care

    Why You Should Help Teens in Foster Care As kids in foster care grow older, it becomes harder for them to find permanent homes that will provide a loving, nurturing environment for them, Parents tend to avoid fostering and adopting teens for multiple reasons. There is often a fear of trauma and the records of…

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    Aug. 1, 2021

    What Happens when Foster Care Separates Siblings

    What happens when foster care separates siblings? The bond between siblings is unmatched. While they may pick on each other and poke fun, at the end of the day one of the most valuable relationships a person can have is with their siblings. Think about your siblings growing up, you might not have always gotten…

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    July 27, 2021

    The Foster Care System is in Desperate Need of Reform

    Over time, there have been many concerns regarding the safety and care for children within the foster care system. One foster parent voicing these concerns is Pastor Anthony Favors, who has been a foster parent for over 10 years in three different states. Favors is very passionate about this cause, stating: “If it is the…

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    July 24, 2021

    New York Senator Gillibrand Introduces Foster Care Reform Bill

    New York Senator Gillibrand Introduces Foster Care Reform Bill New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently introduced the bipartisan, bicameral National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act of 2021. A bill aiming to create a national foster care database to increase transparency and uniformity across the foster care system. Above all, the bill is to…

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    July 22, 2021

    California’s State Senate and Assembly Pass $35 Million Program to Support Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

    California’s State Senate and Assembly Pass $35 Million Program to Support Youth Aging Out of Foster Care California’s state Senate and Assembly pass a $35 million program to provide a universal basic income for youth aging out of foster care. Governor Gavin Newson approved the bill last Friday, making it the first state wide program…

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  • July 21, 2021

    Former Foster Parents Arrested for Child Sex Abuse

    Former Foster Parents Arrested for Child Sex Abuse While there are some happily-ever-afters that come from the foster care system, there are things in the system that need fixing. For starters, there is abuse that happens within the system. Whether it is people fostering for the wrong reason, people abusing the system, or people abusing…

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    July 14, 2021

    Are You Misinformed About the Foster Care System?

    Are You Misinformed About the Foster Care System? Are you misinformed about the foster care system? TikTok star, and foster parent, Brittany Burcham, shares information, advice, and stories on her account to help reduce misinformation. Her goal is to educate people on the realities of the foster system, including the positive aspects. Many people focus…

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    July 13, 2021

    Helpful Tips for Those Looking to Foster to Adopt

    Sara F. never expected that she would become a mother of 9 beautiful kids, but that is the path life took her on. Sara and her partner started their journey to adopt in 2014, with the intent of adopting only one child. In early 2015, they decided to begin fostering while waiting for the adoption…

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    July 12, 2021

    Couple Fosters and Adopts Twins After Experiencing Infertility

    Couple Fosters and Adopts Twins After Experiencing Infertility Every couple’s road to parenthood is different. For Cristie and her partner, that road was filled with twists, turns, dead ends, and detours. But with a whole lot of love and a little bit of luck, this couple fosters to adopt and are now the parents of awesome…

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    July 11, 2021

    Overcoming the Obstacles of Fostering to Adopt

    How to Overcome Obstacles When Fostering to Adopt Deborah and her partner knew they wanted to adopt. They were planning to adopt, but they knew “nothing was final until it’s finalized.” They became certified in April 2018, and though they said yes to multiple children prior to having a placement, they didn’t get a match…

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    July 10, 2021

    Florida Family Fosters and Adopts Three Children

    Florida Family Fosters and Adopts Three Children In Florida, private adoptions can cost upwards of thirty thousand dollars. The high cost is a barrier between children who need homes and loving families that can’t afford the steep price tag. Luckily there is a much more affordable option: adopting from foster care. In these instances, adoption…

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    July 9, 2021

    Olympian Simone Biles Grew Up In Foster Care

    Olympian Simone Biles Grew Up In Foster Care You never know someone’s background by looking at them. Simone Biles, one of the greatest and most accomplished athletes of all time, was placed in foster care. Sadly, her biological mother couldn’t care for Simone and her siblings. Her Placement in Foster Care She began her story…

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    July 2, 2021

    What Happens When Kids in Foster Care Turn 18?

    Most do not know what happens in the foster care system or what happens when kids do not find families by the time they are 18. More than 23,000 kids every year are emancipated (aged out) of the foster system with no family, guidance, money, or shelter. The Brutal Truth Here are some facts about…

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    July 1, 2021

    Forming a Family Through Foster Care

    Forming a Family Through Foster Care Fostering to adopt is no easy task. While it can be a difficult journey, the love and family that is formed after is worth every struggle. We asked our friend Victoria to share some insights about her big family that came together was formed through fostering. How it Began…

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    June 30, 2021

    Fostering For Life

    Fostering For Life Accepting the role of a foster parent means opening your home and your heart to children that desperately need a home. For some people, fostering is like second nature and something they always knew they could do. For others, the role of a foster parent comes after a journey of discovering their…

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    June 29, 2021

    Central Texas Foster Care System Needs Support

    Central Texas Foster Care System Needs Support Children around the United States struggle while entering the foster care system. It is a problem that needs to be addressed. The trauma, heartbreak, and challenges these children experience are difficult for anyone to handle, let alone a child. One place in the US experiencing major issues within…

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