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Topic : 08/07 Against All Odds

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Created on : Friday, May 23, 2008, 07:44:26 am
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(Original Air Date: 05/28/08) Whether through music and dance, or sports and education, The Dr. Phil Foundation makes a difference in the lives of children -- especially those who strive to succeed against all odds. Catch up with some of the deserving donation recipients, and see how their lives have changed. From providing music lessons to help for abused foster children, your contributions have been making an amazing difference. Don’t miss these inspiring stories and more! Then, meet an inspiration to children everywhere. He longed to be a pianist, and after years of hard work and determination, he has toured the globe performing, worked with a multi-Grammy winner and is now a rising star in the music scene. Find out how he did it. Plus, Dr. Phil and Robin make a special announcement. Learn what they're doing and how you can make a positive difference in a child's life. And, don't miss Dr. Phil and Robin's surprises for these guests. Talk about the show here.

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May 28, 2008, 8:20 pm CDT

A good start

Quote From: kittty56

That's a wonderful thing but almost too hard to believe. How does a 4 yr. old have any concept of a Dr. Phil Foundation? I'm sure you told her and cootoes to you and her.
 A four-year-old may not have the cognitive skilled to fully understand the ramifications of what they are doing, but they get that it is good to be nice to others.  I applaud this mother, because it is very important to start early with instilling values.  Even though a small child may not understand the difference between a truth and a lie, we still start early teaching them that lying is wrong.  This mom is starting early to teaching that giving is good.  So I give cootoes to this mom and her child too!
 
May 28, 2008, 8:56 pm CDT

I will

Quote From: emoniq

i think it is wonderful what you have taught your daughter to do... i have brought my youth choir to sing at geisinger medical which is next to the ronal mc d house in pa.... i am not sure if that is where you live but i would like to invite you to have your child give locally.... i am Elaine.... i was the one Dr.phil said has the TYME youth center in Pa....please check out our website....and consider us for future donations...

www.itsmytyme.com

I will. Thank you for the info.
 
May 28, 2008, 10:06 pm CDT

TRYING to beat the odds

I live in So. Cal and am the informal guardian of a 12 yr old girl.  I have never had any dealings with the helpful agencies out there and am hoping someone here can help direct me to help another child "beat the odds'

The girl living with me is my daughters fiance's sister.  Her mother is a drug addict who recently got out of jail and is now living in a homeless womens house.  My future son-in-law  grew up in the foster system and doesn't want to see that happen to his sister.  I took this girl in because I thought it was probably in her best interest.

Anyhow, she desperately needs orthodontic work and the state keeps turning it down for unfounded reasons (ie, she still needs to lose baby teeth that have beengone over a year).  Not only do I not know where to turn, the dentist office says if it isn't done this year she will have to have major facial surgery to correct her problems.

Next, was I wrong to not formalize her living with my family?  Is the foster care system not as bad as all the stories you hear?

Any insight would be welcome!!

Thanks all

 
May 29, 2008, 5:17 am CDT

We Can Help

Quote From: vikkikay

I live in So. Cal and am the informal guardian of a 12 yr old girl.  I have never had any dealings with the helpful agencies out there and am hoping someone here can help direct me to help another child "beat the odds'

The girl living with me is my daughters fiance's sister.  Her mother is a drug addict who recently got out of jail and is now living in a homeless womens house.  My future son-in-law  grew up in the foster system and doesn't want to see that happen to his sister.  I took this girl in because I thought it was probably in her best interest.

Anyhow, she desperately needs orthodontic work and the state keeps turning it down for unfounded reasons (ie, she still needs to lose baby teeth that have beengone over a year).  Not only do I not know where to turn, the dentist office says if it isn't done this year she will have to have major facial surgery to correct her problems.

Next, was I wrong to not formalize her living with my family?  Is the foster care system not as bad as all the stories you hear?

Any insight would be welcome!!

Thanks all

Hey vikki.....there are services to help you with the great thing you are doing....i would love to speak wth you about this....this is one of the things our org does.....www.itsmytyme.com.... please visit the site and call me... my youth center was featured on the show... The TYME youth center in pa....and no fostercare is not as bad as what you hear...unfortunatly we always hear the bad stories... i was a foster parent for over 12 years to over 50 children...with only 1 unhappy ending....so give me a call.... i would love to help you as much as i can...

Elaine

 
May 29, 2008, 9:32 am CDT

Thank You for Doing Shows Like This

Dr. Phil, I just want to thank you for doing shows like this.  It inspires me to keep doing what I am doing.  Though I may not be financially able to help various charities, I do devote hours each day encouraging and uplifting and inspiring people by sending out inspirational devotions and praying for them.  It does my heart good to know that people like you, care for our youth.  Their lives could have turned out to be so different, but you gave them hope by supporting their endeavors.  May you and your family always be blessed.
 
May 29, 2008, 3:05 pm CDT

05/28 Against All Odds

Quote From: milboo

 I watched today's show, but I must have missed the update on the deaf-blind girls..  Can some tell me how they are doing/what was said?  How come there is no link to click on for that part of the show? That was advertised for next day show.

milboo
In the previews, we were "promised" an update on the deaf-blind triplets, but, it wasn't delivered. Which is often the case. Dr Phil's 1000th show was advertized as an update on our favorite past quests. Including the first "Dr Phil Family" who I expected to see back in the studio. But, we were given nothing but a taped greeting. Instead, we got an overly-long Dr Phil-Oprah dialogue.
 
May 29, 2008, 4:06 pm CDT

Piano Master!!!

I just wanted to comment on Wednesdays show, "William Joseph" was SUPERB!!!

I am ever thankful that someone somewhere had enough faith in him tohelp him get to where he is!!!

Beautiful Music!!

I am going right out to buy his cd!!!

Thank you Dr. Phil!!!

 
May 31, 2008, 5:18 pm CDT

05/28 Against All Odds

Quote From: jprhedd

As a retired CPS investigator, who unfortunately had those stacks of files to deal with, I cringed as did my fellow workers whenever a CASA person was court ordered to our case. Depending on the state, the primary mandate of most foster care agencies is to return the child to the home. CASA workers took this to mean "no matter what". They fought investigators tooth and nail to return the children to awful homes. I am sorry that the show is being snowed by these "mentors". A little more investigation would certainly reveal some absolutely stunning bad decisions on the part of these undereducated do gooders. I have retired for ten years and it still bothers me.

Often the caseworkers are to blame for a child being returned to an unsavory home, but in my state it is ultimately the judge's decision that has been assigned to the case.  I have a wonderful relationship with my caseworkers at our Department of Human Services.  The caseworkers are overworked and the foster system including the case workers, the money for the family keeping the child until they can be returned to their family or to a more permanent home, everything is under payed and understaffed. 

 

We have 5 children in our home right now and their is alot more waiting for a foster home in our temporary

shelters.  Which I would like to add is ran by a wonderful group of caring people.  Not an institution like setting at all. 

 
May 31, 2008, 5:22 pm CDT

05/28 Against All Odds

Quote From: emoniq

Hey vikki.....there are services to help you with the great thing you are doing....i would love to speak wth you about this....this is one of the things our org does.....www.itsmytyme.com.... please visit the site and call me... my youth center was featured on the show... The TYME youth center in pa....and no fostercare is not as bad as what you hear...unfortunatly we always hear the bad stories... i was a foster parent for over 12 years to over 50 children...with only 1 unhappy ending....so give me a call.... i would love to help you as much as i can...

Elaine

Foster care isn't as bad as all the people say and our caseworker in my state are wonderful.  They give me their personal cell phone numbers and come to our foster kids birthday parties and even buy them gifts out of their own pockets. 

 

Call your local agency and ask for a foster care specialist.  They will help you with financial stuff and doctors visits and alot of things.  And we have a place called independent living when they age out of foster care to teach them how to live on their own.  it also helps with prom dresses , graduation things like this.

 
June 2, 2008, 6:37 am CDT

Epidermolysis Bullosa

I have not seen this episode yet, it doesn't air here until Wednesday, however, I wanted to comment on the condition of one of the guests and hopefully raise awareness of this horrible disease.

 

Epidermolysis Bullosa is a very painful and life threatening condition and while I applaude the topic of the show I hope that someday Dr. Phil will do a show dedicated to this disease and raising awareness.  Currently there is no treatment or cure and those of us that live with it daily are struggling for understanding.  Understanding from doctors, employers, insurance companies, the federal government and the general public. 

 

I hope this post makes its way to a producer that can see the value that such a show would bring. 

 
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