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Stories of the Month

New stories and resources posted monthly. Discussion guides and worksheets make it easy to use our stories in parenting classes, support groups, and staff and foster parent training. We send new stories and discussion guides to 1,500 online subscribers. Click here to subscribe to new stories by email.

July 2015
Awakening to Magic
In addition to services, times of joy, connection and wonder keep me going.

We Want to Be Heard, Not Fixed
Child welfare needs to focus on supporting people, not fixing problems.

Finding a Community

June 2015
Dreaming Again
Parenting Journey, therapy and writing are helping me believe in myself.

‘I Was Her Little Flower That Was Blossoming’
Mentors and peers helped me find my way back to hope.

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Rise Reprints

Rise reprints provide guidance to child welfare leadership. Stories are regularly reprinted in newsletters and policy journals aimed at improving child welfare practice, such as Child Welfare Watch in New York City; the National Resource Center for Family and Child-Centered Policy and Practice, at Hunter College; VOICE, the newsletter of Casey Family Services; Youth Today, a newspaper for youth workers; Fostering Perspectives, a newspaper for foster parents; FOCUS, the journal of therapeutic foster families; Nurturing Times, a newsletter by fathers in Washington State; and Child Law Practice, published by the American Bar Association.

We encourage organizations to use our stories in newsletters and policy reports. Here’s how some organizations have used our stories to inform parents, child welfare practitioners and policymakers:

Permanency Planning Today
Permanency Planning Today

The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning Spring 2009 issue on engaging families:
Stories by Youshell Williams and Sylvia Perez

Child Welfare Watch
Child Welfare Watch, New York, NY
Winter 2009 issue on parents with mental illness:
Story by Erica Harrigan

Foster Family-based Treatment Association

Fall 2008 issue on working with biological families:
Story by Youshell Williams

Fostering Perspectives

Fostering Perspectives, North Carolina
November, 2008 issue;
Rise reported story and personal story by Lynne Miller

News Notes

News Notes, Ohio
Summer 2009 newsletter, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Families
Story by Pamela Hughes

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