October 18, 2018

I live in a world full of people with giant hearts. Its true. Everywhere you look in the world of Human Services and Child Advocacy you will find people who have giant hearts. There is really no arguing about that. The issue, as I have found, is that when their giant hearts begin to do tasks that they know are not helping the people they set out to help,...

July 10, 2018

Six years ago, our family gave up Christmas! That's right, we gave it all up: no tress, no decorations, no fancy ham dinner and especially no gift exchange. Instead we decided to forego the holiday and set out instead to begin have experiences and enjoying the company of each other while crossing items off our bucket list. The whole idea has been to find...

May 4, 2018

Did you know nearly 50% of foster children end up incarcerated within two years of aging out of the foster care system? 

During her nearly 20 years in Law Office Administration dealing with criminal defendants, Shenandoah Chefalo became unsettled by the ever-revolving door of the criminal justice system, and wanted to find a way to change it. She beca...

March 6, 2018

Sorry I’ve been silent. I’ve been brooding, angry over the system, policies and government. I find it is best that I don’t write when I’m angry, but this last bout of anger doesn’t seem to be going away, so I hope that you don’t mind that I finally decided to try and vent on my blog.

It started rather simply: I was reading the latest report from the Nation...

December 2, 2017

Last year at this time, I received a private Facebook message from an individual who was struggling.  She was a professional who was concerned about youth but didn't have much time to volunteer or mentor, but after hearing me speak, she felt motivated to do something to help foster youth.  I remembered her because we had talked at an event for a while, tr...

October 29, 2017

I was working on this month's blog and then realized that I had to set it aside.  Someone shared a Time Magazine article with me that threw me into a stomach-turning, loss of sleep frenzy. The report, which you can read here was entitled, "Flabbergasted, More Than 70 Children Missing from Foster Care."  Intrigued by the title alone, I began reading. That...

October 1, 2017

Since the release of Garbage Bag Suitcase, I have had some interesting human encounters. I have traveled around the country and even into a few foreign countries. I have been too epic urban areas and to remote rural communities. I have spoken to groups as small as 3 and as large as 1000. I have spoken for free and paid, all in the hopes of spreading aware...

September 3, 2017

Lying is a topic that I have been meaning to cover on this blog for sometime, but frankly every time I sit down to write it, I get frustrated and end up tucking it away for some other time. When I see an obvious lie on Facebook, Twitter or overhear someone lying I try not to react. Instead I wonder, what is behind this lie. What has happened that this per...

August 2, 2017

I was recently asked to be on the Incarcerate US podcast that is hosted by Dante Nottingham, an inmate who has been locked up since the age of 17. As you may know, incarceration in the US is at extreme levels and touches a wide variety of social issues, topics and dilemmas.

At Incarcerate US, they believe that the solutions to our incarceration proble...

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