Children's Rights
Children's Rights
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"I didn't have a pillow until I was the age of 23. I had pillow cases, but I didn't have a pillow." Comedian and former foster youth Monroe Martin III jokes about the life skills that he was never taught as a foster youth and touches on the fear of homelessness in this video for Children's Rights' Fostering the Future campaign.
James Rinkevich
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/26/2017 at 14:23. Facebook
Survival Skills 101 week wraps up with Raven's story!

"I entered foster care during my freshman year. I had to take night classes and work hard on my grade point average while traveling three hours to and from school by bus until I was placed at my second foster home. Unlike students with the luxury of waking up an hour or two before classes started, I had to leave my foster home at 4:30 a.m....
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Survival Skills 101 week wraps up with Raven's story
Amanda Thompson
Barbara Drosnin
Robert Bethea
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/25/2017 at 15:20. Facebook
It's day 25 of Fostering the Future! Read Cherish's story and discover what she endured within the foster care system and see how she survived as part of this week's theme: Survival Skills.

“I had approximately 20 different placements. I carried all I owned in black garbage bags. In between placements I was homeless—I slept on random couches or in abandoned apartments, and spent sleepless...
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Its day 25 of Fostering the Future Read Cherishs story and discover
Ali Whiting
Susan Bartunek Poole
Lisa Thomas
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/24/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
"Far too many foster youth emancipate from the child welfare system with no high school diploma, and no option to pursue a post-secondary credential. Education is a fundamental human right for all citizens of the United States. Education is the key to success – the key to economic success, social success, and societal success. Currently, foster youth do not enjoy equal access to education, and...
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Far too many foster youth emancipate from the child welfare system with
Andrea N Kyle
Sarah Cross
Emma Martin
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/24/2017 at 14:31. Facebook
Congressional & Senate Caucuses On Foster Youth
Alison Farris Clifton
Kathy Jones
Angela Ortega
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/24/2017 at 11:51. Facebook
Fostering the Future comes to Washington D.C.! Executive Director Sandy Santana, Matthew Schwartz (pictured) and Whitney Gilliard will speak at today's Congressional and Senate Caucuses to address barriers to housing and education in foster care. Honored to join the offiices of Representative Danny K. Davis and Senator Chuck Grassley, as well as everyone in town for #ShadowDay!...
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Fostering the Future comes to Washington DC Executive Director Sandy Santana Matthew
Erin Michael
Kathy Jones
Toni Petersen Liebezeit
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/23/2017 at 19:26. Facebook
We are honored to participate in this week’s Congressional and Senate Caucuses, panel, and roundtable discussion on Foster Youth. Our own Sandy Santana is joining the offices of Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to highlight the housing barriers of older youth and young adults that impede scholastic and employment success. Check out our Facebook Live tomorrow...
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We are honored to participate in this weeks Congressional and Senate Caucuses
Jane Smith
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/23/2017 at 14:09. Facebook
Survival Skills 101: The numbers don't lie. Foster youth are far too often left with a lacking education inside and outside of the classroom. Many foster youth who have aged out of the system have not been equipped with the life skills they need to flourish. Like and share if you think America's foster youth deserve better!

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Survival Skills 101 The numbers dont lie Foster youth are far too
Pat Hall
Niche Love Clemons
Elijah Shalis
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/22/2017 at 14:52. Facebook
Meet Kurt Holden. Now a college grad, police officer, husband and father, he describes honing his survival skills after the death of his foster dad: “At my last foster home, my foster father tried his best to push me and prepare me to be successful. He took me out to eat and talked with me about my future, took me to play golf, and would just take time to mentor me. It was the first time in a...
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Meet Kurt Holden Now a college grad police officer husband and father
Adam Michels
Leah Roxann Davis
Debby Parker
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/21/2017 at 23:33. Facebook
It's Week 4 of Fostering the Future 2017, and we're talking Survival Skills 101. LaTasha C. Watts of The Purple Project kicks it off:

"The scariest part about being in foster care for me was turning 18. The average kid cannot wait to turn eighteen, graduate from high school and get ready for their journey to college or to travel down that brave road to adulthood. However, by the time I...
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Its Week 4 of Fostering the Future 2017 and were talking Survival
Gina Andreasen Stevens
Chana Rivka Yakovov
Kelvin Carroll
Children's Rights
Children's Rights
05/21/2017 at 02:15. Facebook
On the last day of "A+ Mentors" week, we hear from Isabelle, who describes the dedication of a high-school teacher and how it helped define her career path:

"I saw how a simple gesture and blatant concern for a student can transform an entire way of life, and that set my soul on fire. ...When I was a little girl, I wanted to save the world. As a twenty-year-old woman? I may not change the...
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On the last day of A Mentors week we hear from Isabelle
Joanne Wheeler Morawski
Tina Soucy
Michael Goodrich
As A+ mentors week comes to a close, we hear from three legislative staffers—Angelique Day, Angelique Salizan and Savannah Romero—who had been placed in state care and are now taking their fight for foster youth to our nation’s capital: “Although our stories herald from different parts of the country (Michigan, New York, Washington) our experiences seem to be more similar than different. All...
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As A mentors week comes to a close we hear from three
Lin Stevens
Robie Sprouse
MaryKay Keller
"It's in here!" Get ready for laughs as comedian and foster alum Monroe Martin III riffs on foster youth and mentors during A+ Mentor Week for Fostering the Future.

Get schooled on education and foster youth all month long, and don't forget to like and share with your friends!
Diana Little
Missy Rogers
It’s Day 17 of Fostering the Future, and A+ Mentors week continues! Check out artist Ronald A Draper who describes the strong, positive influence his adoptive mother had on his education, and his career as an artist.

“She is the one who pushed me creatively. She knew far, far, far before I did that art would be my salvation. But even if I hadn’t become an artist, she would still be my biggest...
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Its Day 17 of Fostering the Future and A Mentors week continues
Shirley Regan
Iris Myers
Belinda Price
A+ Mentor Week for Fostering the Future continues. Today, learn about Georgette's struggles within the foster system and how one incredible foster parent gave her the stability and sense of normalcy that Georgette and her little sister so needed.

Read her whole story here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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A Mentor Week for Fostering the Future continues Today learn about Georgettes
Sarah Moore
Belinda Price
Christopher Hamilton
For week three of Fostering the Future, we pay homage to the A+ mentors who have helped children in foster care reach their educational goals.

“For the first time in my life, I had parents who were reading to me at night. For the first time, I had parents who were helping me finish my homework, sewing a costume for the school musical, and throwing birthday parties for me. Most importantly,...
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For week three of Fostering the Future we pay homage to the
Rebekah Miller
DJuana Jean Flowers
Pamelajo Mitchell
"I am a mom to three little boys. I am a server, and I'm a student working towards my college degree. I'm also a former foster youth. This is what DETERMINATION looks like." - Corinna.

Happy Mother's Day to ALL foster alum moms like Corinna who are DETERMINED to give their children the best possible futures. Each and every one of you is the definition of super woman. ...
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I am a mom to three little boys I am a server
Linda Munns
Lyra Campbell
Mary Jane Adams
Happy Saturday! We're wrapping up our IMperfect Attendance week for #FosterMyEducation with comedian and foster alum Monroe Martin III riffing on school being more fun than his foster home and touching on the difficulties so many foster youth face with school attendance.
When #FosterMyEducation and Children's Rights make it into The Washington Post!
When FosterMyEducation and Children's Rights make it into The Washington Post

Children's Rights pushes schools to comply with new ESSA law on foster kids

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Lisa Ray
On Day 12 of Fostering the Future, we continue exploring why IMperfect Attendance is an issue for so many youth in and after foster care.

Take Elijah for instance: "During my junior year I began to crumble. My car had broken down, and I needed money to purchase another one. I was in ROTC, and began to work graveyard shifts to earn more money. I would go to work at 6 pm and get off at 4 am. I...
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On Day 12 of Fostering the Future we continue exploring why IMperfect
Aletha Perry
Shadreck Baipai
Sandra Holmes