CLEVELAND – Local nonprofit, PHASTAR, was selected by the audience as the winner of the Most Persuasive Pitch at Social Venture Partners’ (SVP’s) 7th bigBANG! Fast Pitch event on Thursday, February 27, 2020. PHASTAR’s Co-founder, President, and CEO, D. Andrew Ferguson, won SVP’s top cash prize of $2,500 in addition to their $1,000 cash prize…

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The new year has proven to be a wonderful time for us to reflect on all that we have achieved together since Kinnect was founded in 2005. It has also reminded us to focus on our most critical priorities for 2020 and beyond and consider the resources needed for success. Our 30 Days to Family®…

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With backing from the Ohio Attorney General’s office from 2017-2019, the 30 Days to Family® Ohio program has gotten a lot of attention lately. 30 Days to Family® Ohio is an impactful program that helps children find loving homes with kin in the shortest time possible. We begin service within 24 hours of a child…

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  “As soon as we pulled into the driveway, 11-year-old Jenny* blew past me and let herself in through the front door, dropped her bag, kicked off her shoes, and ran to the kitchen. I’ve taken a lot of kids to foster homes for placement, and none of them act the way she did. You…

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In the days and weeks after Kayden, Kylee, and Shawn Sawyer* were taken into child welfare custody, the teenagers repeatedly asked if they could live with their maternal uncle, Jesse. However, based on previous legal charges, child welfare workers quickly discredited Uncle Jesse’s ability to provide support, and the siblings were placed in foster homes.…

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Ten-year-old Samantha* came to live with her dad in Ohio five years ago, after being removed from her mother’s care by a children services agency in her home state of Vermont. With a complicated history of sexual abuse and the painful experience of being separated from her mom, it was important and necessary that Samantha…

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Charlie* was born on a snowy morning in early 2018. Unfortunately, Charlie is one of a growing number of babies born with drugs in his system. Because of a number of social issues, the hospital knew Charlie would not be able to go home safely. Charlie is not the first or the second, but actually…

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The following Year in Review is designed to provide a summary of programmatic, organizational, and fundraising milestones achieved by Waiting Child Fund (transforming to Kinnect) in 2017.  Founded in 2005, the mission of Waiting Child Fund (transforming to Kinnect) is to develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children…

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THE ISSUE Foster care is intended to be a temporary intervention in the life of a child. Yet far too many children stay in foster care too long and move too often – exacerbating the trauma that led to the child being removed from their family in the first place. Likewise, too many youth age-out…

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Authors | Michelle Chalmers, Mike Kenney and Kim Stevens Approved by Family Builders Network in October 2017 “My mother’s rights were terminated.  Not mine.” Foster youth quote The Issue Removal from family, out of home placement, and/or termination of parental rights are not neutral interventions in the life of a child.  Intervention itself impacts the…

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