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GRAPHIC: AARP is calling on Virginians to recognize and support the contributions of unpaid family caregivers. The logo of AARP's AARP.org/iheartcaregivers website courtesy of the organization.

RICHMOND, Va. - It's a tough and lonely role to play. Unpaid family caregivers say they're quietly meeting a growing need, and Virginians should do more to support them. Andy Butler is a northern Virginia man caring for his wife, who is bedridden with Multiple Sclerosis. He says with people living ...Read More

PHOTO: 15-year-old Marvin is one of the many Michigan children hoping for a permanent home featured on the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange website. Photo courtesy Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange.

LANSING, Mich. - There is much to be thankful for this year for more than 100 Michigan children who will officially be welcomed into "forever families" on Tuesday as the state celebrates its 12th annual Adoption Day. Alpena County Probate Judge Thomas LaCross is one of a number of judges around the ...Read More

PHOTO: Home for Thanksgiving? Some New Yorkers say it would be nice to have a home, with food. The struggle against homelessness and hunger goes on through the holidays. Photo credit: Kyle James/Flickr.

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Thanksgiving week finds New York nonprofits that focus on hunger and homelessness stretched tight, even two years after the havoc of Superstorm Sandy. Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of Island Harvest, says it's been a "tough year." The food pantries and agencies ...Read More

PHOTO: Children will be the big winners in President Barack Obama's executive action delaying the deportation of parents who are unauthorized immigrants, says the NEA of New Mexico. Photo courtesy of the White House.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The overall well being of thousands of American children in New Mexico, born to parents who are undocumented immigrants, should benefit from President Barack Obama's action on immigration, according to Charles Bowyer, executive director of the National Education Association ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota child-care facilities have made dramatic progress in reducing SIDS deaths in the state, through education and training. Photo credit: Anthony J/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has declined significantly since the 1990s, but dozens are still dying in Minnesota each year, drawing attention to the importance of sleep safety. The most critical step in reducing the risk of SIDS is positioning a baby f ...Read More

PHOTO: Bullying persists in Commonwealth schools, facilitated by social media. Middle school and high school students are learning prevention practices at an anti-bullying summit today in Boston. Photo credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia.

BOSTON - Graduate students from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University will help middle and high school students learn bullying-prevention practices as part of a program called STAND UP. In 2010, the Legislature passed a landmark anti-bullying law. An act pass ...Read More

PHOTO: Regional Early Thanksgiving Dinners provide chances for current foster youth to share the holiday with foster alumni, and highlights the need for more permanent homes for them. Photo courtesy of Foster Care Alumni of America Ohio Chapter.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While many families are able to gather to enjoy the upcoming holidays, this time of year for foster youth can be a reminder of what's been missing from their lives. An annual series of Early Thanksgiving Dinners offers a chance for these children and foster alumni in Ohio to gather ...Read More

PHOTO: Educators say Pennsylvania's incoming governor will have a chance to undo funding cuts that have hurt student achievement. Photo montage courtesy of the National Education Association.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Incoming Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf faces big budget problems, but educators say he at least received a clear mandate from voters to reverse damaging cuts to schools. Retired Pittsburgh public school teacher Mike Crossey, now president of the Pennsylvania State Education Assoc ...Read More

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