Labels Matter. A happy American can be seen as a confused lunatic in Japan.

Labels lead to a chain of events, but what is not accepted in one culture may be perfectly normal in another culture. Continue reading Labels Matter. A happy American can be seen as a confused lunatic in Japan.

42.5 million American adults suffer from some mental illness.

Be less judgmental and more supportive. Empowering other people is empowering. It feels good to make others feel good. Smile and the world smiles back. Don’t be judgmental and challenge your friends, but let your friends know how their words can affect other people in negative harmful ways. Continue reading 42.5 million American adults suffer from some mental illness.

Most foster children are missing doctor’s appointments.

The foster care system is broken and parents are having difficulty working through mental health and legal systems. Foster children don’t stand a chance! Only about 25% of foster children receive services at any given time (Polihronakis, Tina, 2017). They are too young to advocate for themselves and are often passed through several homes. Usually more than one a month! They don’t get to have a permanent doctor or team to help them make it through life. This results in missed appointments, miscommunications, and a lack of proper care. It is time for solutions. Children deserve better. Minding Hearts is building … Continue reading Most foster children are missing doctor’s appointments.

Unaccompanied youth make up 50% of the homeless youth population and they are unsheltered.

Children are often a priority for homeless services systems. As a result, families with children are least likely to be unsheltered, but runaways and young people not living with their families do not receive the same access to services. Most homeless children are without shelter. Many homeless youth have been found living in uninhabitable dwelling places. They also live with depression. Continue reading Unaccompanied youth make up 50% of the homeless youth population and they are unsheltered.

Trafficking report from the Department of State even says that foster care is a problem.

TIP report shows….In the United States, traffickers prey upon children in the foster care system. Recent reports have consistently indicated that a large number of victims of child sex trafficking were at one time in the foster care system. Continue reading Trafficking report from the Department of State even says that foster care is a problem.

College professor charged for murder of a 6-week-old adopted baby boy.

a six-week-old baby boy, Lucas Birchim, who was adopted by a college professor died as a result of physical abuse. Forty-two year old Van Erick Custodio was charged with one count of felony child abuse. Continue reading College professor charged for murder of a 6-week-old adopted baby boy.

Decades of data connecting child welfare systems with human trafficking.

More than 300,000 U.S. children were trafficked last year! and that is just what has been reported. Decades of data suggested that the majority of children trafficked in the United States are child welfare involved: Continue reading Decades of data connecting child welfare systems with human trafficking.