2015 Communications Internship

Children’s Rights (CR) seeks a committed and enthusiastic student to intern in our Communications and Marketing Department in the winter/spring of 2015. The small, dynamic department is responsible for strategic and day-to-day communications for the national advocacy organization dedicated to protecting abused and neglected children. The intern will gain valuable hands-on experience in areas that […]

In the Courtroom

Texas: Children’s Rights and co-counsel are preparing for a December trial in Texas. M.D. v. Perry asserts that massive structural failures in Texas’ child welfare system place the 12,000 kids in the state system of long-term foster care at unreasonable risk of physical and psychological harm. Massachusetts: Children’s Rights recently presented oral arguments to a […]

Notes From the Field, Fall 2014

Countless young people across the United States are being swept into the pipeline between foster care and sex trafficking every year, and their stories are heartbreaking. In the fall edition of the Children’s Rights newsletter, Notes From the Field, we feature the story of Crystal, who grew up in state care and was coerced into the sex trade at 18.

In Focus: Foster Youth Fall Prey to Traffickers

At 18, Crystal had already experienced a lifetime of pain. She was molested by her mother’s boyfriend and spent the rest of her childhood being moved between foster homes, enduring more sexual abuse, beatings, a failed adoption and a stint in a residential treatment center. She had just escaped a violent boyfriend when someone recommended […]

Reform Watch

Connecticut continued to place fewer young children in institutions and group homes. Between May 2013 and August 2014, the state reduced the number of children 12 and under living in congregate care settings by nearly 30 percent. Michigan rolled out a new statewide child welfare data system that stands to greatly increase transparency and provide […]

In The Courtroom

Children’s Rights and co-counsel are preparing for a December trial in Texas. M.D. v. Perry asserts that massive structural failures in Texas’ child welfare system place the 12,000 kids in the state system of long-term foster care at unreasonable risk of physical and psychological harm. Children’s Rights recently presented oral arguments to a panel of […]

Benefit Brings Compelling Stories to Light

Approximately 300 guests gathered for the Ninth Annual Children’s Rights Benefit on October 29 to honor several extraordinary individuals — human rights activist Molly Gochman, Grammy-Award winner and Compound Foundation founder Shaffer ‘Ne-Yo’ Smith and attorney Jared Bobrow of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP — whose efforts have made a difference for children in foster […]

Kids Pour Lemonade to Raise Awareness

The children of CR board members and staff pitched in to help raise awareness about the need to reform failing child welfare systems in the United States during CR’s first-ever lemonade stand event, held in October. “Kids for kids! Support kids in foster care!” Mia Galpern, daughter of CR board member Daniel Galpern, chanted as […]

CR Insider: James Stanton

Children’s Rights Board member James Stanton — president of the World Wide Group — explains his passion for defending abused and neglected children. Children’s issues have always been important to James Stanton. So when his close friend and colleague, civil rights attorney Richard Emery, asked him to become a part of CR, he stepped in […]

On The Frontlines: From CR’s Interim Executive Director

Children’s Rights is on a mission. We are determined to build upon our success and protect even more abused and neglected kids when child welfare systems fail to do so. Meaningful reform takes time — but with 640,000 children in foster care every year, we are compelled to ensure that vital, life-altering changes occur. And […]