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How one person changed this woman’s life while growing up in foster care

Saturday evening I was in Washington D.C. for a jazz and blues performance to benefit the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).  As the board chair of this nationally recognized advocacy organization, I was happy to be present and thank…

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Why this friendship is as deep as family

Friendship as deep as family is how Cindy Roberts, a mentor volunteer at Youth Moving On (YMO), described her seven-year relationship with Jammie Peterson on NBC 4’s television series, “Life Connected,” featuring individuals who pay it forward. Cindy’s effect  on Jammie has…

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Foster care and education

While watching the State of the Union address on Tuesday I was reminded of how challenging it is to move beyond worthy aspirations and truly effect change. In the world of partisan gridlock I can’t help but wonder what if…

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