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Policies that Help Kids

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”   —Maya Angelou   Today we remember, 5-year-old Talia Williams.  Thirteen years ago today, she passed away at the abusive hands of her father and stepmother on a military base in Hawaii. Social change is …

Personal Narratives

I was just five years old when I watched the young women of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team file stoically into a shiny arena in Barcelona. They looked brave, strong, and proud. Most of them started training when they were three or four years old, and this was about to be the culmination of more …

Policies That Help Kids

On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed into law the historic and bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act as a part of the bipartisan budget agreement. This landmark piece of legislation aims to help keep children safely with their families when they come to the attention of the child welfare system, and when placement in …

Personal Narratives

I may live in a city, but I’m a small town girl. My childhood home was on a dirt road in one of the most impoverished counties in the country. When my daughter was five, we visited and she looked at the old barns and irrigation canals where we used to play and asked, “were …