Children in the U.S. Foster Care System

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Foster Care
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Bruce Maag serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Phoenix Group (IPG) in Delphos, Ohio, an organization focused on North American youth with severe emotional issues. Bruce Maag dedicates his time and resources to advocating for underserved youth, some of whom are a part of the foster care system.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, there are over 100,000 children waiting to be adopted and over 400,000 in the foster care system. On average, children will spend two years in foster care. Many of these children don’t fully recall or understand what happened to their biological parents. However, the majority desperately want to be a part of a home and adopted by a loving family.

Likewise, families who support these children almost always do it out of a place of love and kindness. Yet many foster children will require time for adjustment and will need to go through an emotional healing process. Getting to a place of mutual trust can be a trying task for foster children and parents. Additionally, the adoption process itself is a long and formal one, which can be exhausting and disappointing if the adoption is not approved. However, there are organizations that can support both parents and children through the adoption.

The Unusual History of the $2 Bill

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History of the $2 Bill
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A pioneer in Ohio foster care, Bruce Maag led the creation of a treatment foster care (TFC) agency that meets the needs of troubled youth. Outside of work, Bruce Maag has a passion for numismatics and enjoys collecting coins and currency of the United States. The rarest current small denomination of U.S. currency is the $2 bill, which has its roots in the Revolutionary War. In 1776, some 49,000 bills of credit valued at $2 were issued toward the defense of the newly conceived American nation.

An actual bill valued at $2 was commissioned in 1862 during the Civil War, and the bill was common until the 1950s, when print runs decreased significantly and collectors began to hoard them. The bill was discontinued completely from 1966 to 1976 and has seen only sporadic production in the decades since. Indeed, in many years the Bureau of Engraving and Printing does not print any $2 bills at all.

Today, many people have the mistaken belief that $2 bills are more valuable than their face value indicates. This is far from the case: like any paper currency, the value of the $2 bill is highly dependent on condition and the year issued.