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Foster Care
Broken Families, Broken Systems
Last Featured: 6/19/2006

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Overview

Children, already victims of repeated abuse and prolonged neglect, find themselves moved from family to family and separated from siblings by overworked state foster care systems. With more than 500,000 children in foster care in the United States, fewer and fewer families willing to offer care, and state funding priorities moving in other directions, serious problems are likely to continue for some time. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we look at America's foster care system and ask what can be done to meet the needs of the nation's most vulnerable children.


Interview with a Former Foster Child
Host Margot Adler speaks with a former foster child who grew up in and aged out of the foster care system.


Theresa is 20 years old and she officially aged out of foster care when she turned 18. She lived with 4 different families during the 5 years she spent in foster care as a teenager. She is now in college and helps young people in foster care who are aging out of the system…she advises them on how to make the transition to living on their own.

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Interview with a Foster Parent
Host Margot Adler interviews Sue Badeau, a child welfare advocate who personally provided a home for more than 75 foster children in addition to her own.


Sue Badeau became deputy director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care in January 2003. Ms. Badeau has been a child welfare professional for twenty-six years. Most recently an independent policy consultant, she also served as the project director for New York’s Longest Waiting Children project, and as a consultant for Philadelphia Department of Human Services. Sue and her husband, Hector, are the parents of twenty-two children, two by birth and twenty adopted. They have also served as foster parents for more than 75 children in three states, and as a host family for refugee youth from Sudan, Kosovo and Guatemala.

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Debate on the Issue
A state Supreme Court justice and child welfare policy expert debate the deficiencies of the current U.S. foster care system and how to make it safer and better.


Justice Maura Corrigan was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998 and served two terms as chief justice from 2001-2004. She has coauthored a treatise on civil procedure and has published articles in professional journals and books, including the Wayne Law Review, University of Toledo Law Review, NYU Law Review and the Texas Review of Law and Politics. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School and at programs of the Michigan Judicial Institute, the American Bar Association Appellate Practice Institute, the Federal Bar Association, and the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General's Advocacy Institute.


Richard Wexler is executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform. His interest in the child welfare system grew out of 19 years of work as a reporter for newspapers, public radio and public television. During that time, he won more than two dozen awards, many of them for stories about child abuse and foster care. He is the author of Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse. Wexler has testified before Congress and State Legislatures and advised the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families in its 1995 rewrite of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.

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Report from a Hair Salon
Reporter Chana Joffe-Walt visits a hair salon in Renton, Washington where foster moms of African-American and bi-racial children learn how to wash and comb their hair.

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Interview with a Biological Parent
Host Margot Adler speaks with a woman whose son was taken from her and placed in foster care because of her drug use.


Lynne Miller and her son live in New York City. She is a parent advocate for the Seamen’s Society for Children and Families in New York, helping parents whose children have been placed in foster care. Her own son was taken away by Social Services because of her drug use. She cleaned up her life and worked with her son’s foster family to eventually get him back.

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Represent Magazine Represents
Host Margot Adler visits the offices of Represent magazine, written by and for youth in foster care. She spoke with editor Nora McCarthy and two of the writers, Jarel Melendez and Natasha Santos.


Writers Jarel Melendez and Natasha Santos with Represent magazine editor Nora McCarthy.

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American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
National Foster Care Coalition
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National Center for Youth Law
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The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System
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The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care
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The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care
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