The Inequalities of LGBTQ+ Youth Living in Foster Care On June 28, 1969, the gay and lesbian community launched a series of violent demonstrations at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village New York City in response to a police raid. Known as the Stonewall uprising, these riots represent the foundation of the modern fight for LGBTQ […]

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During National Foster Care Month and beyond, if I could say thank you to every foster family, child welfare professional, judge and volunteer who dedicates their life to over 437,000 children and youth in the foster care system, I would. And, even then, it would insufficiently cover the depth of gratitude due them for their […]

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and our attention rightly turns to ways we can support children who have experienced abuse or neglect. According to the US Children’s Bureau, 687,000 children lived in foster care in the United States due to abuse or neglect in 2018. According to Kids Count New Jersey, nearly 500 […]

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“At this year’s event, CASA for Children of Bergen County will be naming all of its advocates as Angel Award recipients,” states Zonie LeSane, President of the Board of Trustees of Bergen CASA. She adds, “We recognize them for their outstanding advocacy and realize it is no small job to stand up for a child. A […]

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As my friends are all dropping off their nearly adult children at colleges and universities this week, I am reminded of my parents dropping me off at college for the first time. I stuffed everything that I could into the gigantic trunk of my father’s baby blue Caddy – which was a lot – and […]

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What do we really want for our children? We want them to grow into kind, functioning adults who are joyful, find their purpose and ultimately contribute to society. Easy stuff right? Under the best of circumstances, that’s a pretty tall order. Parents will do whatever it takes to help their children reach these goals. It […]

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Summer is often home to childhood’s most poignant memories. Grass stained knees. Hands covered in the stick of melted ice cream. The shock of cool, chlorinated water on a blistering afternoon. School is always right around the corner though. Summer’s end is usually synonymous with taking on new, exciting subjects and reuniting with good friends […]

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Going through the foster care system means much more than being separated from your parents. It means moving between 1-2 homes per year. It means losing 4-6 months of academic progress with every change of school. It means that important friendships become impossibly difficult to maintain. And that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. […]

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Taryn will wake up this morning to the sound of chirping blue jays and the warmth of the sun beaming across her face. She’ll smell the overwhelming aroma of fresh pancakes and crispy bacon coming from the kitchen. Her dog will hop onto her bed and, with his cold nose and sloppy kisses, ensure that […]

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The Oradell Book & Needle Club was founded in 1915 as an organization committed to community improvement, through volunteering and service. Even after 103 years, these incredible women have remained steadfast in pursuit of their goals. Most indicative of this quality, is their recent decision to make CASA the focus of their Special State Project. […]

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