Out of County, CA: Going the Distance

Heather, slight and precocious, made her Los Angeles County high school’s track team as a freshman. It was a major feat, something to be proud of in the maelstrom of the 14 year-old’s life. Only months before, the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) had removed Heather


Foster Youth Questival 2015

It’s hot, dusty and I have been walking for 12 hours straight. All I want to do is get off this damned mountain. Right behind me are Heather Matheson and Heidi Moran, both in their early twenties, and both a little loopy after fighting their way up thousands of feet of steep snow to get to the top of Mt.


Where Are the Boys?

By Lynsey Clark In California, a leading state in college assistance to foster youth, service providers are reporting that most of their clients are women, begging the question: where are the boys?


Uninformed and Under-Supported

Foster youth are dealt a double blow when it comes to the birds and the bees. First they don’t have adequate sexual and reproductive health education, then they aren’t supported through the challenges of being an adolescent or young adult with a child.


Congress Rolling on Uninterrupted Scholars Act

Last week, members of Congress converged on Washington, D.C. for a short legislative session before the elections. In short order, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA), which would amend education privacy laws to the benefit of foster children gained momentum.


Michele Bachmann Talks Foster Parenting, the Foster Youth Caucus and Uninterrupted Scholars

The day before Congress went into summer recess on August 3rd, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) sat down with FMC’s Daniel Heimpel to discuss her experience as a foster mother, the formation of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth as well as the Uninterrupted Scholars Act.


    Sen. Mary Landrieu Talks Foster Care, Education and a Growing Movement

    On August 2nd, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Begich (D-Ala.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced  the Uninterrupted Scholars Act. The bill would amend education policy that currently precludes many adults and institutions from access to an individual student’s records.


    A Time for Trust

    In the six years that I have covered the foster care system and worked along its fractious point of contact with the news media, an all-too-common theme has been one of mistrust, fear and subsequent misinformation.


    Capital View on Kids

    The latest news on children and families in Washington D.C. Affordable Care Act Stands Along With Children’s Provisions On Thursday, June 28 the Supreme Court ruled in National Federation of Independent Businesses V.