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Good News Tuesday for May 11, 2021: Ten Year Old Refugee Chess Champ, Ocean Conservation, Removing Anti-LGBTQ Language, Elephant Sanctuary, and Aging Out of Foster Care into Adoption

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Ten-Year-Old Homeless Refugee Wins Chess Championship

In 2017, Anitoluwa Adewumi—aka,“Tani” – and his family were refugees from Nigeria. They came to the US and lived in a shelter in Manhattan. Tani learned to play chess in school. At ten years old, he has won the state championship becoming an official Chess National Master, Read more about Tani in this article from the Good News Network.

Australia Commits $100 Million to Ocean Conservation

In April, Australia announced it will commit $100 million to protect oceans. The Good News Network reports: “Much of the funding will go towards ecosystems that involve seagrass and mangroves, which play a key role in drawing carbon out of the atmosphere.” This report from GNN specifies the benefits and distribution plans.

Alabama Governor Signs Bill to Remove for Anti-LGBTQ Language from Curriculum

A new Alabama state law which goes  into effect July 1, “removes the requirement that educators teach that homosexuality isn’t an acceptable lifestyle and that being a homosexual is a criminal offense in the state. The law also will require schools to notify parents about their intent to provide instruction about sexual education or human reproduction.” Here are details more from The Hill.

Former Circus Elephants Get a New Home with Natural Habitat

Ten Asian elephants who were freed from the circus are settling in at their spacious, natural home in Florida. This is progress toward a more compassionate culture:

After Years in Foster Care, 19 Year Old Monyay is Adopted

Monyay didn’t like her foster care caseworker at first. But over the years, they developed a special bond. The caseworker, Leah Paskalides, “gave her all the support her job would allow. When Monyay “aged out” of the foster care system, Leah found a way to adopt her proving, it’s never too late. This one brought tears to my eyes:

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#WATWB: Caring for 600 Foster Children Over Fifty Years

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Linda Herring, and her husband, Bob, provided foster care for over 600 children in nearly fifty years.  They mostly took in children with special medical needs and would often take calls and go pick up a children in the middle of the night. One of the comforts Linda provided was to make sure every new child had a professional photograph hanging on their living room wall.

When Linda first started fostering children in the 1970s, she was running a home daycare and working as a high school custodian. She also volunteered as a first responder for much of her life.  One of the things that drew me to this story is remembering how much energy it took to raise my two children. I know Linda and Bob had help, but what a labor of love!

Linda is now 75 and has decided to stop fostering children due to her own health concerns. She was recently recognized for her service in her state of Iowa.

You can read more about Linda Herring in this article from the Good News Network.

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