Connect Our Kids’ co-founder Jessica Stern was first introduced to Cornelius a few years ago. At that time, Cornelius told his story of surviving abuse and of his ten years in foster care.
In America, human trafficking is expected to surpass the sale of guns and drugs in the near future. This is a heart-wrenching and stunning fact. Believe it or not— this incomprehensible activity is happening in our backyard and we all have the power to do something about it.
Jelani Freeman is a busy man. As an attorney and board member for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, The Center for Adoption Support and Education, and the Barker Adoption Foundation, Jelani always has to be conservative with his time. Yet, a few years ago, he answered the call to have coffee with Dr. Jennifer Jacobs and Jessica Stern, co-founders of a then little-known nonprofit, Connect Our Kids.
When considering relative placement versus foster care, the decision often comes down to available kinship options and the best interest of the child. Often kinship, or relative placement, turns out to be more beneficial for the child in need of care. Kinship Care and the Child Welfare System The Child Welfare System Child welfare systems […]
COLORADO: Zeke, an intelligent, assertive and athletic boy had a habit of pushing people who care about him away. This became noticeable after one of his last foster parents fell in love with him and wanted to adopt him. After they shared the good news, Zeke began to sabotage the relationship and was unfortunately removed from the home.
Watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” while cuddled beneath the blanket knitted by my great-aunt; making pumpkin pie from great-grandma’s recipe and indulging in a slice loaded with whipped cream for breakfast the next day; setting up our nativity sets from around the globe, gifted from dear relatives and collected during years spent living overseas—it’s hard to choose our most cherished family tradition. Each one carries memories that make my heart both ache and swell with joy at the remembrance.
Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, CEO and co-founder with Connect Our Kids was selected to give a thought-provoking presentation at the 2019 Academy Women Officer Women
Leadership Symposium (OWLS) Talks. On April 24th, Dr. Jacobs joined four other speakers at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial to give a five-talk on “Army Officer & Nuclear Scientist to Leading Change in Foster Care.”
We’ve had an exciting week! We’ve been in Los Angeles at Upswell LA2018 where we were named the first-prize winner for the Innovate for Good Challenge award by Independent Sector, receiving a $20,000 cash prize and professional services from Accenture.