Rethinking foster care: Molly McGrath Tierney

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Molly McGrath Tierney is the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, managing the City’s child welfare and public assistance programs. Over the past six years, she has led a massive reform effort to dramatically improve the impact of services to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore.

Molly’s work is considered a national model for modern social services. Molly McGrath Tierney was the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, managing the City’s child welfare and public assistance programs. Over the past six years, she has led a massive reform effort to dramatically improve the impact of services to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore. Molly’s work is considered a national model for modern social services.

Today’s a new day,but there is no sunshine.

I dedicate this song to recession, depression and unemployment. This song’s for you. Today’s a new day,but there is no sunshine. Nothing but clouds, and it’s dark in my heart and it feels like a cold night. Today’s a new day, where are my blue skies, where is the love and the joy that you promised me you tell me it’s alright. (I’ll be honest with you) I almost gave up, but a power that I can’t explain, fell from heaven like a shower now. (When I think how much better I’m gonna be when this is over) I smile, even though I hurt see I smile, I know God is working so I smile, Even though I’ve been here for a while (what you do?) I smile, smile.. it’s so hard to look up when you’ve been down. Sure would hate to see you give up now You look so much better when you smile, so smile.”

Ain’t Got No, I Got Life

I Ain’t got no home, Ain’t got no shoes
Ain’t got no money, Ain’t got no class
Ain’t got no skirts, Ain’t got no sweater
Ain’t got no perfume Ain’t got no bed
Ain’t got no mind,

Ain’t got no mother Ain’t got no culture
Ain’t got no friends, ain’t got no schoolin’
Ain’t got no love, Ain’t got no name
Ain’t got no ticket, Ain’t got no token
Ain’t got no god

and what have i got?
why am i alive anyway?
yeah what have i got?
nobody can take away?…

Got my hair. Got my head
Got my brains, Got my ears
Got my eyes, Got my nose
Got my mouth, I got my smile

I got my tongue, Got my chin
Got my neck, Got my boobies
Got my heart, Got my soul
Got my back, I got my sex

I got my arms, got my hands, got my fingers,
got my legs, got my feet, got my toes,
got my liver, got my blood..

I’ve got life,
i’ve got my freedom
i’ve got life
I’ve got life
and I am gonna keep it
I’ve got life
and nobody’s gonna take it away
I’ve got life!