Put Kids First: Urge Congress to Enact Sensible Gun Control

By Sandy Santana, Executive Director, Children’s Rights

Yesterday, in a senseless act of gun violence, at least 17 people lost their lives at a high school in Parkland, Florida—one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. We urge you to contact your Congressional representatives to enact sensible gun control. You can dial the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

SB 375: Georgia Considering Bill That Uses “Religious Beliefs” to Discriminate Against LGBTQI Youth in Foster Care

By CR Staff

This week, the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on SB 375, which would allow service providers the right to decline services to a child on the basis of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Children’s Rights strongly opposes this measure, which would effectively provide a license to discriminate against LGBTQI youth in foster care in Georgia. […]

Sex Work and Foster Care: What M.D.’s Story Can Teach Us

By Elizabeth Gretter, Senior Attorney

I will never forget the moment in late 2013 in a courtroom in Corpus Christi, Texas, when we all learned that M.D. was still missing.   M.D., one of the Named Plaintiffs in our Texas case, had run away from yet another failed foster care placement and upon her return to care, told workers that she […]

Building a Better Future For The Kids Who Need Us Most

By CR Staff

2017 was a groundbreaking year for Children’s Rights. With individual donation dollars we have accomplished major achievements across the country: We launched a groundbreaking case in Iowa challenging lack of mental health care and improper use of solitary confinement and physical restraints at an all-boys state juvenile detention center.  We launched Healthy Kids, a holistic advocacy […]

Meet Edgar Carranza: Foster Youth Advocate

By CR Staff

23-year-old Edgar Carranza is a former foster kid and a foster youth advocate working with Georgia EmpowerMEnt. This week, Edgar addressed CR supporters in Atlanta, describing the realities and impact of living in state care. Q: How did you come to find yourself in state care? I was thrown into foster care at age 13 […]


By CR Staff

In response to the Trump administration’s announcement regarding the formal end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: “Children’s Rights condemns the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The repeal will upend the lives of hundreds of thousands […]

Meet Shay House: Foster Youth Advocate and LGBTQ Activist

By CR Staff

21-year-old Shay House is a foster youth advocate and LGBTQ activist from Oakland, California.  During her time in foster care, she lived in more than 40 placements and attended 23+ schools.  But against all odds, Shay persisted in her academic goals. This fall, she will be starting her junior year at Mills College where she […]

Ninth Circuit Rules That Unaccompanied Minors are Entitled to Bond Hearings

By CR Staff

Hector was detained as an unaccompanied minor in California at the age of fifteen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Even though he had a parent living in the state, the ORR held him in a detention facility for almost a year and a half, without an immigration hearing or an explanation for why […]

Beating The Odds

By Samantha Smith

As Fostering the Future 2017 winds down we are taking a moment to reflect on lessons learned. Read Samantha’s account on what she struggled through within the foster care system while she was on her way towards attaining a college degree and becoming a social worker. “My message to my brothers and sisters in care? DO IT. Go to college. It’s scary. Everything that you’re unfamiliar with is scary. But you’re going to find so many new things about yourself and learn to advocate for yourself. And once you obtain your degree it’s the best feeling in the world. It’s something that foster care can’t take from you. It can rob you of your sense of stability and self-worth, but it cannot rob you of your education once you’ve earned it. And that’s more powerful than anything.” Click “Daily Spotlight” to read her whole story.