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In Maryland Prison, Girl Scouts Get To Visit With Their Moms

<b>JESSUP, Md. (AP) —</b> Nine-year-old Kuhmaria VanBuren ran into the prison gymnasium and jumped into her mother’s arms with so much force they almost …

Girl Scouts

How to Support Foster Children

As a social worker, we spend a good deal of time looking at systems, and systems work means we can’t only focus on what’s “wrong” with the individual …

Foster Care

Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Could Be A Lifeline For A Foster Child

Meghan Walbert and her husband had always discussed adoption and becoming foster parents. While they knew they wanted to have biological children of …

Foster Care

7 Planning Steps for a Short Annual Report

One of the beautiful things about a short annual report (think 2-4 pager, infographic or video) is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time …

Nonprofits

Why Volunteering Over The Holidays Isn't The Best Idea

Nonprofits really need help when volunteer numbers dry up after New Year's.<p>At noon on Nov. 1, Meg Currie Teoh opened up registration for people to volunteer on Thanksgiving for a meal for about 300 people at a church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the following morning, every slot for serving food, …

Boston

12 Amazing Gifts For Kids With Autism

Before the holiday celebrations can really begin, I have the ask myself the one question all moms face every year: "What do the kids want or need?" To be clear, I'm not complaining. I'm very lucky to have a family that wants to spoil my children, especially around the holidays, but it can be really …

Kids

'My daddy hurts me all the time': Broken and bruised, the little girl who begged for help - and was saved

On a bitterly cold October night in 1986, a terrified seven-year-old girl crept out of bed and took her first courageous steps to freedom.<p>For as long …

Parenting

The Key Differences Between Culture, Purpose And Employee Engagement

I have several favorite chocolate bars. Crunchie is one. Toffee and chocolate. What a combination. So too is a Reese Cup. Peanut butter and chocolate? Yes please. And don’t get me started about a caramel-filled Dairy Milk bar from England.<p>As your mouth waters and the endorphins kick into high gear, …

Peter Drucker

What It’s Like To Be A 30-Year-Old Foster Mom To Refugee Teens

Jenny Nakata isn’t like the other moms at back to school night. At 30, she is by far the youngest parent to have a teenage son. But even though …

Parenting

Doctors, nurses are trained to care for abused, neglected children at Denver foster clinic

The 5-year-old had a two-hour meltdown before he came to the pediatrician, where he sat in an exam room mad-faced, arms crossed in front of his …

Health Care

Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

Raven Mosser, 26, holds her youngest daughter as she watches her three other children play at their Pedro, Ohio, home on July 16, 2017. Mosser, a …

Health Care

Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names

<i>Read the latest with Friday’s live updates on Hurricane Irma.</i><p>Harvey and Irma Schluter have been married for 75 years. He turned 104 in July; she will be 93 in November.<p>They vividly remember many of the major events of the 20th century, from her first time spotting an airplane, during the Great …

John F. Kennedy
Productivity

How to Succeed on a Nonprofit Board (Blog)

By Daniela Barone Soares & Jon HuggettDump your assumptions, and be curious.

Leadership

Asking These 3 Questions Every Day Will Make You Incredibly Productive (and Successful)

Beat procrastination and maximize productivity by staying focused on what matters most.<p>With so many competing demands for our attention at work, and in our personal lives, it can be a real challenge to focus on what matters most and stay productive.<p>Our to-do lists seem to get longer each day, each …

Time Management

How to Keep Good Ideas Flowing: 4 Strategies Every Good Leader Needs to Know

We all have good and bad ideas. These four strategies help me brainstorm when I need it the most.<p>We all have good ideas. We all have bad ideas. And we all have those annoying in-between ideas that we know aren't good, but they're not obviously bad either. Those are the worst, because unlike …

Creativity

New Free Work Tools From Google Help You Think Like the Leader of a Billion-Dollar Company

The search engine shared its internal tools for running a business and leading a team.<p>From free gourmet lunches to on-campus rock climbing, it’s no wonder everyone wants to work at Google. However, behind all of these fancy work perks is a company that focuses on and sets protocols for employee …

Poor Parents Are Held To A Different Standard When It Comes To CPS

Poverty, not abuse, is the cause of many child removals<p>The child welfare system is a necessary and under-appreciated part of health and human …

Child Protection

What’s missing in leadership development?

Only a few actions matter, and they require the CEO’s attention.<p><b>Organizations have always</b> needed leaders who are good at recognizing emerging …

Leadership

ABC News

ABC News<p>American hostage mom describes brutal treatment by Taliban captors<p>Top Stories<p>Notorious murderer Charles Manson dead at 83<p>At least 3 dead …

Entertainment

The opioid crisis is straining the nation’s foster-care systems

GREENBUSH, MAINE — Deb McLaughlin’s 3-year-old grandson climbed all over her, pleading to play trucks, restless as always. Her 1-year-old foster daughter, who had just woken from a midday nap, sat in her lap, wearing a frilly dress and an irresistible smile. At least McLaughlin doesn’t have to …

Heidi Heitkamp

A Hidden Population: Youth Homelessness Is On The Rise

Across the U.S., the number of young people living alone on the streets appears to be growing. Many communities are stepping up their efforts to help, intervening early with services specifically targeted toward the needs of young people.<p>By Teresa Wiltz<p>They are the nation’s invisible homeless …

Housing

For this foster care teen, art helps ‘get my feelings out’ when words fail

<i>Glorianna, 19, spent most of life living in a group home. She says her art helped her get through.; Credit: Priska Neely/KPCC</i>Priska Neely<i>As part of</i> …

Foster Care

Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’

Maisha Joefield thought she was getting by pretty well as a young single mother in Brooklyn, splurging on her daughter, Deja, even though money was tight. When Deja was a baby, she bought her Luvs instead of generic diapers when she could. When her daughter got a little older, Ms. Joefield …

3 Ways Leaders Can Instill Mindfulness At Work

With the constant flood of information and work requests, mindfulness in the workplace is needed now more than ever. Here's how to instill it.<p>Ask any leader in a growth company about their biggest business challenges and you're likely to hear there simply is not enough time in the day. Of course, …

Mindfulness

An Amazing Mentor Can Help the Average Become Extraordinary. Here's How to Get One

Someone who can show you the right path saves you time, energy and heartache. Use these expert tips to find and engage the best mentor for you.<p>Many of today's high school and college students obsess over GPA. They've been taught by their parents to look at a B or a C like a bad Yelp review--a black …

Success

Pets can help children accept the challenges of foster care

Stable, loving, secure family relationships are vital for child development and well-being. But many children who enter the foster care system have …

A national campaign to improve foster care

By Ron HaskinsIn the U.S., it remains an unfortunate reality that many children—including those born to low-income parents whose families live in …

Parenting

Camp promotes reunion of separated siblings in Maryland

Thirteen-year-old Jeffrey has enjoyed horseback riding, swimming in the pool and gobbling ice cream with his 7-year-old brother, Markus.Their sister …

Nonprofits