Sounding the Alarm

It’s time New Jersey leaders say the tough things and begin to hold parents accountable to ensure the safety of their children and to put a stop to the intergenerational involvement in foster care. It’s time to insist on permanency programs that prioritize the safety of children. Why place children in families that have been proven safe and stable only to return them to the biological families to face the same abuse as before. Both national and statewide data align. Foster parents present a low risk of harm to the children in their care.

This is foster care.

Your children will most certainly be affected by your choice to welcome a child into your home. Some of that will be overwhelmingly difficult, and some of it will be wonderful. In the end, it will not be the measure of comfort you’ve provided to your children that will help them to grow into empathetic individuals – it is rather the teaching moments, the hard losses, the responses to injustice, their ability to see things from another perspective, their faith in a God and the belief in redemption – that will shape them.

Children in the foster care system need your support!

Recently, Miriam’s Heart has begun to focus efforts to advocate and edify around the needs of children in foster care here in New Jersey. We have added a Director of Advocacy and Grants. Jessica Sauer, Esq. has spent a bulk of her career standing in the gap to protect vulnerable children in her role as…

The Problem with Kinship Care

written by Naomi Schaefer Riley originally published on Published on December 12, 2020 Thanks, but no thanks. That was the message that aspiring foster parents got this fall when they sent inquiries offering their services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. According to an automatic email reply from Dawn Marlow, administrator for the Office…

On thanksgiving: A history lesson

Historically, since our Nation’s birth, our leaders have been intentional about giving thanks, especially during seasons of great calamity.

reflections for fathers

It was this part – the idea of being comfortable – that stuck out to me. As I ran, I realized how many of my actions were driven by the conscious or unconscious pursuit of being comfortable.

Becoming the Greatest Generation

Scott Hamilton, Babe Ruth, Mike Tyson, Aaron Judge. All of these athletes have something in common, but it is not what you might think. Marilyn Monroe, Steve Jobs, Kristen Chenoworth, Faith Hill, Eddie Murphy, Anita Baker, and James Brown; they each exemplify celebrity and success and most would call them a pioneer in their field….