Posts tagged "children"

For moms and dads sadden by their kids going off to college

John Kass’ wonderful Chicago Tribune column (“Trip to becoming empty nesters went too fast,” Aug. 10) hurled me back to the time when my own kids left home for college. I wrote about it in my Chicago Sun-Times column back in 1992 when it happened: August 25, 1992 Departing Children Leave Quiet House By Dennis Byrne... Read more »

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

This is sad. That means ever increasing numbers of children are being raised by a single parent. Even the New York Times recognizes that this is a problem. The shift is affecting children’s lives. Researchers have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and... Read more »

My best friend forever and ever

I first met Paul in fifth grade, about when he began smoking, drinking and messing with women. Well, that came a few years later, but I did meet Paul in fifth grade, where we became instant friends, although it would have been hard to find two more unlikely pals. He was a country kid, from McHenry County,... Read more »
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After 90 years, Catholic Charities out of foster care. Happy now?

Catholic Charities appears to have thrown in the towel, after fighting an Illinois decision that the organization no longer is qualified to place troubled, abandoned and orphaned children with caring traditional families. Catholic Charities, you might say, brought this upon itself by standing up for its principles and refusing to place children because it doesn’t... Read more »

Surprise! DemCare leaves major gap in kids' coverage

Not even the worst critics of the Democratic health care plan could have known that a major blunder in the new law would have shown up this soon. According to the Associated Press: Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen... Read more »
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