Sunday, September 10, 2006

Journalists who care about foster care

Recent postings have centered on Clark County, Nevada, and some of the atrocities taking place within their foster care system. Tonight, I want to focus my blog on a hopeful note, by celebrating some of the allies that exist for foster children and foster alumni.

Specifically this post is about some wonderful journalists who have voiced concerns about foster care. I wanted to list some great journalists, in alphabetical order by their last name.

Troy Anderson
Troy writes for the LA Daily News. He cares deeply about foster care.

The Family Rights Association has archived many of Troy's articles:

If you want to thank Troy, you can email:

Emily Bazelon
This Slate journalist wrote an excellent article for the New York Times titled "A Question of Resilience." In this article, Bazelon asks whether resilience is the product of biology or environment.

Are some people born with inherent traits that render then more capable of survival? Why, for example, do some foster youth succeed, while others seem forever scarred by their experiences?

Here is a link to the full-text of this article:

Her contact information is:

Rochelle Riley
This columnist has written a series of columns for the Detroit Free Press on the challenges faced by youth who age out foster care:

January 11, 2006 - Aging out, but still in need
February 12, 2006 - Pushed out on her own at 18
April 2, 2006 - The biggest move is just ahead
April 7, 2006 - Her mission: Work to help other foster youths
April 14, 2006 - Former foster youths to the rescue
April 21, 2006 - Numbers tell youths' needs
June 14, 2006 - Build campus to help youth flourish
July 9, 2006 - John Parks: In between foster care and hopes of studying nursing

A more recent article of hers was published on August 11th: "Lawsuit complicates state's foster care improvements." All of these articles are available online.

Her email adddress is:

Alexandra Wax
"Alex" writes for the Houstonist and plans to become a foster parent someday.

You can visit to read her articles about foster care:
June 6, 2006: Movie-ready story spotlights Texas foster care
July 11, 2006. Jury to begin deliberations in foster vs. blood parental rights case
August 25, 2006: Another sad foster care story
August 28, 2006: CPS workers are the cure and the problem
August 31, 2006: Relatives who started boy get decades

Texas residents can contact her via:

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Never heard of any of them, but thanks for the links. I always wondered myself why people respond differently to adversity.
Found Alex Wax on that website you posted-
Her article, "CPS Workers are the Cure, and the Problem" actually reads, "New CPS Workers are the Cure and the Problem."
So, not all of them, just the new ones, I guess.
She must be a very strong child advocate herself, because a lot of her articles touch on other issues surrounding children- such as recent local Amber alerts, and the "war zone" in Houston high schools between Katrina evacuees and native Houston teens...
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