How Two Middle School ‘Desperadoes’ Ended Up in a Police Shootout

A 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy took up weapons after a torturous journey through Florida’s juvenile mental health system.

#attacks-on-police, #florida, #foster-care, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #juvenile-delinquency, #mental-health-and-disorders, #volusia-county-fla, #youth

Campbell Addy Up Close

The photographer of the moment on what it takes to be seen.

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Officer Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant Will Not Face Charges

The 16-year-old girl had a turbulent life in Ohio’s foster care system and was swinging a knife at a woman when a police officer fatally shot her last year.

#bryant-makhia, #columbus-ohio, #foster-care, #ohio, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-columbus-ohio, #reardon-nicholas-columbus-ohio-police-officer

How Sex-Trafficking Couple Gained Access to Women in Foster Care

A Bronx couple used foster care to exploit vulnerable young women, prosecutors and a woman who had been placed in their home said.

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Married Couple Charged With Sex Trafficking Adult Fost

Prosecutors in Manhattan say Kareem and Sharice Mitchell trafficked eight women, including two whom Ms. Mitchell had taken in as foster children.

#foster-care, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

The All-Too-Common Tragedy of Foster Care

Foster children need an advocate to prioritize their needs.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #domestic-violence, #foster-care, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #internal-sub-only-nl

Becoming a Parent, or Deciding Not To

Betty Rollin and other readers discuss whether it is “still OK to procreate.” Also: Following the kids’ lead on masks; regulating cyberwar.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #foster-care, #international-relations, #masks, #parenting, #women-and-girls

They Wanted to Foster Their Great-Grandson. Why Did New York Say No?

A lawsuit challenges New York’s system of disqualifying potential foster parents because of their criminal records.

#administration-for-childrens-services-nyc, #adoptions, #foster-care, #legal-aid-society

Foster Care: ‘We Must Not Fail More Children’

Readers discuss a guest essay urging placement with relatives when possible.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #court-appointed-special-advocates-casa, #foster-care, #parenting

Our Foster Care System Is Fundamentally Broken

Group homes have to go before more youths are harmed.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #foster-care, #poverty

At Birth, She Already Had a Case File. At 7 Years Old, She Was Dead.

A child welfare system meant to protect Julissia Batties from an abusive home life failed the ultimate test.

#administration-for-childrens-services-nyc, #batties-julissia, #bronx-nyc, #carrion-gladys, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-custody-and-support, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #new-york-city, #office-of-children-and-family-services-nys, #parenting

‘Grandfamily’ Housing Caters to Older Americans Raising Children

Intergenerational communities are sprouting up as the need grows for homes that suit aging adults and their young charges.

#affordable-housing, #content-type-personal-profile, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #grandparents, #joint-center-for-housing-studies, #oregon, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states

Ma’Khia Bryant’s Journey Through Foster Care Ended With an Officer’s Bullet

The 16-year-old girl was fatally shot while threatening a young woman with a knife. She had spent two years shuttling among Ohio foster homes, hoping to return to her mother.

#child-custody-and-support, #children-and-childhood, #columbus-ohio, #foster-care, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #ohio, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

‘How’s Our Girl?’: On Loving a Foster Child and Letting Go

Every time we choose to love other mortal beings, someday, we will have to give them back.

#babies-and-infants, #foster-care, #parenting

Why I Took a Vow of Celibacy

In my life, sex and love have been twisted up with childhood trauma. Time for a break.

#children-and-childhood, #dating-and-relationships, #foster-care, #love-emotion

Advice on How to Become a Foster Parent

The process has changed during the pandemic, but getting started is easier than you might think.

#adoptions, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Adoption Used to Be Hush-Hush. This Book Amplifies the Human Toll.

In “American Baby,” Gabrielle Glaser unravels family secrets and considers the motivations that wove them into American life in the first place.

#adoptions, #american-baby-a-mother-a-child-and-the-shadow-history-of-adoption-book, #babies-and-infants, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #glaser-gabrielle, #katz-margaret-erle-1944, #louise-wise-services, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rosenberg-david-1961-2014, #women-and-girls

Foster Care Was Always Tough. Covid-19 Made It Tougher.

While some child welfare systems have pivoted to a remote reality, advocates say it hasn’t been uniform or quick enough for the country’s 400,000 foster kids.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #parenting, #unemployment, #welfare-us, #youth

Child Welfare Agency Cuts Ties to Professor Over Pedophile Studies

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services will no longer work with Theo Sandfort, a professor who headed a separate study on L.G.B.T.Q. youth in foster care.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #foster-care, #hansell-david, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #netherlands, #new-york-city, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #theo-sandfort, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Modern Love Podcast: A Holiday Lesson About Desire

This holiday season, it’s OK to want more.

#books-and-literature, #christmas, #dating-and-relationships, #foster-care, #love-emotion, #mclain-paula

Choose a Gift That Changes Lives

Educate a girl. Send a young person to college. Restore a person’s sight.

#africa, #black-people, #camfed, #cataracts, #children-and-childhood, #court-appointed-special-advocates-casa, #education-k-12, #foster-care, #himalayan-cataract-project-nonprofit, #onegoal, #philanthropy, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #reading-partners-nonprofit, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

What Happens to Some L.G.B.T.Q. Teens When Their Parents Reject Them

Over a third of young people in foster care in New York City identify as L.G.B.T.Q. and are struggling to find the support they need, according to a new survey.

#administration-for-childrens-services-nyc, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #casey-annie-e-foundation, #colombia, #columbia-university, #foster-care, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #l-g-b-t-q, #lawyers-for-children, #queens-nyc, #transgender-and-transsexuals

How Many Children Do I Have? It’s Not So Simple

I gave birth to two, but I also was a foster parent to another child for a year and a half, and he is still a child of my heart.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #parenting

What Will Happen to the Orphans of Covid-19?

Children who lost their parents in the pandemic are fighting to hold on to what is left of their families.

#administration-for-childrens-services-nyc, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #david-villar, #deaths-fatalities, #ej-fryson, #foster-care, #giannie-done, #homeless-persons, #jessica-barrera, #karen-j-freedman, #kasaun-fryson, #lawyers-for-children, #luis-barrera, #new-york-city, #orphans-and-orphanages, #quarantines

Grandparents, Kin and Play Cousins: The Soul and Survival of Black Families

In households where relationships break down, Black families often turn to relatives or friends to keep children close.

#black-people, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #parenting

Child Abuse Cases Drop 51 Percent. The Authorities Are Very Worried.

The coronavirus has shattered the system that protects children, leaving some confined in troubled homes or lingering in foster care.

#administration-for-childrens-services-nyc, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-custody-and-support, #children-and-childhood, #clark-darcel-d, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foster-care, #new-york-city

She Escaped Sex Work for College. Now the Virus Threatens Her New Life.

Her dorm closed for the quarantine. In a month she ages out of foster care. What happens when there is no safety net?

#borough-of-manhattan-community-college, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #foster-care, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #women-and-girls

Portraits of Single Moms by Choice

A photojournalist captured the lives of four women who chose to become mothers on their own.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #infertility, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #single-persons, #women-and-girls

What to Know Before Adopting a Child

There are three main paths to adopting. The route you choose will be based on personal, legal and financial factors.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #single-persons

How (and Why) to Become a Foster Parent

The licensing process – and the training, home visits and court dates – can be intimidating. Here’s what you need to know.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #parenting