Why I’m Fighting to Improve South Carolina Foster Care

By CR Staff

At a defining moment early in my adulthood, I made the decision to pursue a career in social work. Since then, I have focused on the experiences of children and the many barriers to their success. After completing my graduate degree in social work, I set out to honor my calling as a field organizer […]


By CR Staff

Children’s Rights seeks participants for its 3rd annual Fostering the Future campaign.  Taking place in May (National Foster Care Awareness Month), the campaign highlights daily blogs that depict the experiences of people who have lived in state care. If interested, please email communications@childrensrights.org by January 30. The deadline for submissions is February 15. Participants will submit […]

NYC to Ban Solitary Confinement for People 21 and Under

By CR Staff

New York City officials announced a plan Tuesday to ban solitary confinement for people 21 and younger amid scrutiny over horrific conditions at the city’s notorious jail complex, Rikers Island, according to news reports. The decision comes on the heels of mounting criticism from advocacy groups, including Children’s Rights, who condemned the use of excessive […]

Latest Report on Metro Atlanta Child Welfare Finds ‘Stressed Workforce, A Taxed Infrastructure and Diminished Quality’ of Abuse Investigations

(New York, NY) – While the Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) is still making improvements to Metro Atlanta foster care, the agency is struggling with rising caseloads, especially those of child abuse investigators, the handling of maltreatment reports and identifying and meeting the needs of children in foster care, according to a report released Wednesday on the implementation of reforms in Fulton and DeKalb Counties.

South Carolina Named Plaintiffs Summaries

Michelle H. v. Haley names 11 children as plaintiffs to represent the nearly 3,400 abused and neglected kids in South Carolina foster care. The named plaintiffs range in age from 2 to 17, and collectively have lived in foster homes and institutions throughout the state. Michelle H., 16 Despite having severe hearing loss in one […]

Children Sue South Carolina to End Longstanding Dangers in Foster Care

(Charleston, S.C.) — Citing dangerous deficiencies in South Carolina’s child welfare system – including a drastic shortage of foster homes, excessive caseloads and a failure to provide children with basic health care – national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and Matthew T. Richardson, partner at the South Carolina law firm Wyche P.A., today filed suit against Governor Nikki Haley and Acting State Director of the Department of Social Services (DSS) Susan Alford.


Children’s Rights is seeking a full-time, entry-level paralegal to join an active litigation program committed to reforming child welfare services for abused and neglected children. Children’s Rights is a national not-for-profit organization that uses the law, in partnership with a variety of local and national expert groups and policy analysts, to bring about meaningful reform […]

Advocates call for end to solitary confinement at public hearing

By CR Staff

(New York City) — Hundreds gathered Dec. 19 at a Board of Correction public hearing to address the contentious use of solitary confinement and proposed segregated housing in New York City jails. The City has proposed the creation of “Enhanced Supervision Housing Units” (ESHUs), a new form of high-security housing that would remove selected people […]