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Despite Decrease in Foster Youth, Some Struggles Remain

While the number of children in foster care in 2018 has decreased since a year ago, YR Media’s Emiliano Villa wants to remind readers that foster families, children, and the … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Family Reunification Deadline Sheds Light On Another Broken System: Foster Care

America already had a spotty record at keeping families together long before it started pulling migrant families apart. “I wish I had had more say in what the system determined … Continue reading

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

When home feels like prison: my year in a group home

From day one, Noel Anaya’s time living in a group home for foster youth felt like a prison. He was 12 years old, and living in a place with heavy … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Looking back on foster care

Andre Taylor was an infant when he was taken from his mother and placed into the foster care system.  He persevered and thrived, and has earned a college degree from … Continue reading

October 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Op-Ed: Culture should not be a barrier to adoption

In California, anyone looking to become an adoptive parent must first demonstrate that the adoptee will retain their culture in their new home. As part of any adoption process here, … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Foster care from a youth’s perspective

Julia Gayfield is a former foster youth living in Richmond. Removed from her parents’ care twice and placed into the foster system, Gayfield’s experience differs from many of the stories we hear about … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Childhood trauma, common and devastating, can be overcome

Researchers report that one in four California children experience three or more repeated traumas. The cumulative impact of multiple adverse events like this —  family mental illness, incarceration, violence, and substance abuse … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Being in foster care made me stronger

Melissa Beavers is disturbed by the reputation that foster parents “only take kids for the money,” and that being raised in foster care causes further problems for youth down the … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dancing it off – growing up in foster care

Dawon speaks and dances his emotional drama.  Growing up with the confusion and instability of multiple foster families, he explains how expression through dance and spoken word poetry help him tell the … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fear of deportation takes a toll on Long Beach immigrants

Nearly a quarter of persons deported from the United States over the last two years have been parents of citizen children, according to information released by the federal government. There are … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

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