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But this is -- -- it's very serious nature.
And extraordinary people raise people's children teach things.
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From the -- of the Young and the Restless dumb and dumber it says here yes.
And you are here to talk about don't -- maybe there's more.
Well I don't know that what you're gonna talk a national Foster care work -- explain why -- -- -- -- is national Foster care works.
-- your health and human services for eighteen years in the Foster care system is I had exemplary.
Ventures throughout my life and social workers -- my dad -- right about.
In my book the women who race me.
National Foster care awareness month and -- and it underscores that we have over half a million children in Foster care and where it pandemic levels.
And those numbers are growing exponentially.
Due to the economic downturn in part but mostly due to crack cocaine methamphetamine addiction.
We also have -- real problem with her grandparents racing.
-- second and third generations of children.
-- trying to keep them from going into the Foster care system when you say there in the system does that mean that they.
They have Foster parents -- there are searching for fought there.
Well -- interest saying -- some of them do have registered Foster parents that there's a lot of kinship care that comes into place because of cultural.
Which leads me to the fostering connections act which is a new act relatively were coming up on -- one year anniversary.
That really gives thousands hundreds of thousands of children opportunity with better health care.
I better education.
And opportunity to reach out to -- before they go into the Foster care system saying look.
This child is going into -- here do you want to take this child -- we will compensate.
The family for taking -- to keep the child in that particular schools down within their community it's very very important when -- -- -- the first.
The first choice is it always to keep it throughout with the -- You -- failing them.
Yes where it's safe absolutely with their siblings I'm one of six children.
The girls -- separately from the boys it grew up on a sixty acre farm in mean I highly recommend gardening I think yeah.
Obama and victory garden.
Of course first introduced islanders you have Foster parent you put your room here.
I was born into a family me flower lineage.
And sometimes when you're considered a stain on it let pedigree you might find yourself in Foster care which what does that mean.
Well my mother was a direct descendant of John -- talented she was suffering from schizophrenia.
She had six children.
And her family thought it would be best if she went -- and and children.
-- -- -- That would include me do what while it was in Foster care and my dad the legislation.
I dictated that black or brown children could not be raised by white European families.
In the state made several states really underscored that law.
Which prevented me from being adopted by extraordinary people who struggled who were not black.
Who struggled to a job in state me of course governors jungle -- is extraordinary love.
Governor bill -- and laws have changed exponentially over the years.
What we don't have as if she's in fact the fostering connections act that we're celebrating right now he's open data to native American and for the first time.
Alaskan children as well mark -- the state of -- would not allow.
Person who adopt a first caller -- yes.
I think that someone was -- it.
Recently -- in the sixties after civil rights we saw a lot of change throughout the nation.
With child welfare and many things of course.
But I'm proud to say being a true Maynor.
That we have come so far and to and the national spokesperson with the which also has an office in the -- -- oriented to place Childress -- special needs children.
A lot of our -- cost you this -- mentioned over 500000 strong suffer.
I'm not only be displaced from their families but also.
You know suffered.
Mental illness due to the stress and strain of being in the systems so what what.
What needs to happen that what do you want -- happens.
To the -- here -- You know Rick we really need monster parents -- only at a 138000.
Foster parents registered in the nation today with.
Over half a million children's world children your group homes.
Which is one of our it's our largest.
Privately funded foundation giving out over.
Million dollars in grants.
Every year we need to see more Foster parents we need.
It's people to tune into that -- -- foundation for instance that helps our -- anticipated cost you eighteen and older.
In college -- cost you dropped out because they feeling that they feel.
OK it's great to have full scholarship to Yale but you take an -- bridge for example we ended up running.
-- you hybrids foundation.
From rags to riches.
But we need people to mentor -- at this -- in college I was mentored when I was a full scholarship recipient.
Here -- American Alley theatre.
And I'm still a part of American ballet -- because someone.
Took it seriously social worker a ballet teacher.
He said this child deserves a chance he can't shake the -- you once you win their loyalty.
So I want to encourage people.
Two -- want Kasay field -- services.
A giant war right here in New York City and perhaps -- Bloomberg is very supportive of -- CS administration children's services.
You know there are processed -- -- no clue what is the process for.
-- for parents again tried.
Let -- be more active but.
Thank you for that question.
Especially during this economic downturn we're looking for everything -- can heal this situation.
Without -- -- collaboration.
And here's an organization called -- alternatives for children for instance.
-- CS New Yorkers for children Harlem -- They're all looking for assistance.
-- registration can be a respite care -- those are parents single married in an apartment in house again you fat bank account.
Might want to take a child for a weekend or sibling groups for weekend to get their feet wet.
A lot of people don't know about respite here it gives the primary guardian rests.
I'm much needed rest.
You can interface with your face.
Based groups and bring the groceries bring the gently worn clothing -- new clothing.
Underwrite -- underwrite Christmas seat to nuts we do a food drives.
If you can think it people who need it.
We have tax incentives.
For non custodial parents that help those individuals paid that's 34000 dollars and less in annual income.
We want to help those those -- and his -- meet their commitment to stay out of the penal system.
Except for a I just into.
I had a brainstorm last year I went and Goldstein's the president record improves -- its national.
-- and wouldn't it be awesome.
If we can get Foster youth and the appearance on a cost prohibitive.
Vessel like -- disease and he looked at me.
And he didn't look at me like I was -- he thought you know this is an idea that we should explore.
So long story short last week we had 42 people on -- years c.'s recruiting cruise lines and sent wonder are -- -- appearance.
We have to think it innovative Williams.
Yes but all of these Foster children at the CU cost of children on the ship they remains sunrise.
At the opportunity.
To -- different ways.
You know it's -- to -- you have been so -- That the harvest -- yes it's time with a Foster parent does something terrible that yeah it's really important to understand he's -- real people doing God's work and you're looking at here is the vast majority cases the result of probably.
More like -- -- -- are there special challenges of living apart.
-- -- 105 people still -- he didn't.
Sure we have special needs children.
Issues -- are in place -- their special needs children but there is special compensation.
And we have.
This particular parents typically are the kids older.
It's -- it's a very good question.
We do have a fair share Foster children that are teenagers.
And they are our focus.
On to get this children's place because never to have.
A forever family attorney Stanley is very wearing on trial.
We have a disproportionate number of black and -- boys.
That are in Foster care and unfortunately 75% -- penal system is made up.
African American -- and -- young men.
We feel that we mentoring is in play.
We see a BB.
Have have any -- been done on whether.
An African American.
Person would do better in -- Black -- -- -- otherwise known as that the -- that well my feeling on this having been raised by both my last Foster family.
Was with -- Silberman.
And the wonderful Sylvia Silberman who were -- it sounds like this.
I am -- less cost of -- and of people wonder why did you bounce around because everyone was passing the time to get me to American ballet theatre.
And so they all had a concerted interest with the social worker that said.
It's the -- It's the real estate of what's in the rib cage but we just love and commitment -- really caring for child and yes -- just to address the issue around good and bad stories.
As you know as journalist -- just came from the White House correspondent studio and I was talking about it.
Sensationalism sells the story and sells the paper and publishing is -- we now.
That -- we have millions of people.
We were doing extraordinary.
The ads aren't stands at Sylvia's facilities that means you're not gonna get on the front page news week because doing the job too well.
Of course you know I think if you have the real estate apart and -- -- -- kids don't care if someone's hugging and loving and we just don't care.
Did I wonder what passover wasn't -- was the Brad has -- Absolutely.
Brett they're intent because we're running yes sir with the first thing someone to do they want to -- -- there right now.
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And with the department children get answers his mind which you can do because you can think he needed mid century education scholarships.
Let's keep our kids in college and remember to look.
Fostering connections act it's much longer the time.
Victoria roll thank you very much thank you and -- -- this message Melanie in California says miss you Victoria you know.
I don't watch -- my next book secrets of the soap opera Alina the the -- -- I women who -- One hour or -- They keep that in at seven paperback eight and working on something with HBO.
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