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My Year of Service with the Office of Homeless Youth

The insider's perspective on the Office of Homeless Youth: how it operates, who is involved, and what's happening next

By Sierra Phillips

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Change That Means Everything

The "Helper's High" and Giving for Altruism's Sake: Jamie Thoburn on volunteering for charities

By Jamie Thoburn

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What is Home to You?

How safety, family, and blood intersect– Minnie Bliesner reflects on our notions of home life and the challenges the foster system brings, and concludes that resilience is a matter of personal perspective and success is unconstrained by one's origins. "Home isn't always where your family eats every night or has holiday dinners... home was not the place or the environment-- it was the feeling."

By Minnie Bliesner

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Lawyers and Youth: An Important Partnership

Good advocacy from a qualified legal expert can make a huge difference for youth in foster care and youth experiencing homelessness.

By:  Zack Zibrosky

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The Mockingbird Family Model Makes It Work: Retirement & Foster Care

By: Shelly Morris

She is three and he is one. He looks inquisitively at his big sister, slightly cocking his head. Her tight red curls and silent smiles will melt your heart. Their foster parents, Nana and Papa, are retired. They now spend their days focused on taking care of foster children and being grandparents.

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