foster care

Courtesty of Daniel Heimpel

Journalist Daniel Heimpel is the founder of Fostering Media Connections, a nonprofit he started in 2010. He focuses on the foster system through what he calls "solutions-based reporting."

Your Call: Profiting from the poor

Aug 24, 2016

  On the August 25th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Daniel Hatcher about his new book The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens.

Daily News Roundup for Monday March 7, 2016

Mar 7, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Sunset Magazine relocates to Oakland, setting sights on younger, urban readers // Oakland North

"Guests were met with the soft and periodic sound of whizzing traffic on one side and ferry boats on the other as they made their way up the steps into the new Oakland offices of Sunset Magazine in Jack London Square. A smiling security guard opened the door with a small whoosh and let them enter the 110,000-square foot office space with white cubicles and office chairs on one end and tables for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and party bags on the other."



On the September 3rd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with current and former foster care youth about their experiences. On any given day, there are approximately 397,000 children in foster care in the United States. 60,000 are in California. On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years, but some remain in the system for five or more. What changes would foster youth like to change? How can ordinary citizens help transform the foster care system? It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.

A starting place for former foster youth

Mar 17, 2014
Rachel Wong

Dejon Lewis was 11 years old when child protective services arrived to take him and his twin sister away from their mother, whom he says is a drug addict. But instead of giving themselves over to the state, the two children made a run for it. Lewis says they stayed with a family friend for a while, but eventually they turned themselves in, and that’s when he entered the foster care system. Since then, Lewis has bounced around a lot.

“It’s hard to live when you’re just living with strangers and strangers and strangers, and no relatives. But I know down the road that that wouldn’t last forever, so I had to figure out how to be more independent,” he says.

Beyond Emancipation

It’s audition day for Beyond Idol. Contestants pace around a large waiting area at Laney College, practicing softly to themselves as they wait for their turn.

This is a contest for Alameda County’s foster and probation youth, designed to showcase their talent and boost their self-confidence. Categories include original poetry, singing and rapping. There are definitely jitters in the room as each contestant goes before a panel of five judges. But the judges are kind in their feedback, like Judge Ralph Hall.