Policy Analyst

Children’s Rights is a leading national children’s advocacy organization dedicated to achieving accountability and systemic change in government systems that protect vulnerable children. Children’s Rights uses legal advocacy in the form of impact litigation, policy expertise and public education to create positive systems change, with a 20-year track record in the area of child welfare […]

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Building a Movement

By CR Staff

My son Julian spends hours racing his toy cars, sprints to be the first when the doors open at school, and slowly nibbles his dinner to savor every morsel – and delay bath time. He also listens, watches and absorbs everything that goes on around him. Julian, 7, is a quiet, sensitive kid. A stern […]

Ernesto’s Story

By CR Staff

My name is Ernesto, and I’m a 24-year-old gay man. I wasn’t always open about my sexuality. I spent years in foster care, afraid to come out of the closet. When I was 13, my little brother and I were put into state care and placed in a shelter. I was scared, the guys were […]

Waiting for My Golden Opportunity

By CR Staff

Childhood is supposed to be a time of discovery and innocence. But it doesn’t always work out that way. It didn’t for me or my sister. We grew up in foster care in a loving home out in the country. We had a big back yard, chickens, pigs, fresh vegetables to eat and caring foster […]

Reality of Aging Out

By CR Staff

I never thought I would say it, but you must go through something in order to gain experience for your true calling. Going through foster care affected my life by making me stronger. My mom was an alcoholic and heroin addict who would eventually die from her addiction. She would lose track of time and […]

The Foster Kid Never Fades

By CR Staff

Foster kids know “Imposter Syndrome” better than anyone. New families, schools, dynamics, politics and rules make finding yourself and trusting who you are a near impossibility. We learn to mistrust authority by having parents who couldn’t parent. We learn to question ourselves by having no stable place to explore identities and personas. I learned early […]

The Dealer of Hope

By CR Staff

I once read a quote that stated, “A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, and perseveres … no matter what life throws at her.” By that definition, I am a strong woman. My mother is also a strong woman, and I love her more than I can fathom, but when she […]