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          Caught in the System

          August 19, 2009

          Over half a million kids live in foster care, and many are neglected, unloved and viewed as a paycheck by their new family. Dr. Phil takes a hard look at the harsh realities these forgotten kids face and sends an urgent message about the need to repair this ailing system.

          Click here to learn more about The Dr. Phil Foundation initiatives discussed in the show.

          Chaotic Childhood

          Jessica, 24, aged out of foster care six years ago after bouncing from one home to another. She says her childhood was so horrific that she witnessed the murder of her 5-year-old sister … by her mother and stepfather.

          Will Jessica find the strength to overcome her abusive past? 

          Making a Difference

          Dr. Phil and Robin are the national spokespersons for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which trains volunteers to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.

          Find out how Robin laid down the law at a recent CASA graduation.

          Kicked to the Curb

          Juan is 18 and has lived in 25 foster homes during his childhood. Now that he’s been emancipated, he has no job, no identification and jumps from couch to couch.

          Can the young man get the tools he needs to turn his life around? 

          The Winning Team

          New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, created a foundation called Payton’s Play it Forward to improve the lives of needy families and children.  

          Find out how the Paytons and The Dr. Phil Foundation scored a touchdown!

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast

          Special Thanks

          Dr. Phil Foundation

          Below are a list of children’s organizations that were recipients of a grant from The Dr. Phil Foundation ” all made possible by the vision of Coach Payton and his wife, Beth.


          • Awesome Girls Mentoring Program

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