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Mission and Methods

Since 1995, Children’s Rights has been fighting for our nation’s abused and neglected children.

We are a national advocacy group working to reform failing child welfare systems on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children who depend on them for protection and care.

For more than 15 years, we have been fighting to enshrine in the law of the land every child’s right to be protected from abuse and neglect and to grow up in a safe, stable, permanent home.

Through tough legal action complemented by substantive policy expertise, we have won landmark victories and brought about sweeping improvements in the lives of abused and neglected children in more than a dozen states across the nation.


Founded by Marcia Robinson Lowry, a leading voice on civil rights and child welfare issues nationally for more than 35 years, Children’s Rights began as a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and, later, the American Civil Liberties Union. It became an independent nonprofit organization in 1995.

In recent years, Children’s Rights has won landmark legal victories in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

We have issued national policy reports and engaged in advocacy efforts that are changing the way child welfare is practiced in the United States.

Across the country, we are proving that failing child welfare systems not only can be fixed, but can be made to run well — and provide a brighter future for the children in their care.

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