Fostering the Future Returns with Fresh, Revealing Stories

It’s that time of year again! This Sunday, May 1, Children’s Rights will launch our 4th annual Fostering the Future campaign in honor of National Foster Care Month. All month long, we’ll be raising awareness about what it means to be a child in state care by sharing the first-person accounts of those who have […]

Too High a Human Toll: Ending Solitary Confinement for Youth

By CR Staff Attorney Julia Davis and Paralegal Michelle M. Zhang

You have probably been hearing a lot about solitary confinement recently. You may know the story of Kalief Browder, the young man who took his own life after being released from Rikers Island, having been arrested at sixteen for allegedly stealing a backpack and spending two years in solitary confinement on Rikers. Or, perhaps you […]

A shift away from registering kids as sex offenders

For years, states have been creating and toughening laws on sex offender registries, but policy makers and advocates are rethinking rules around placing juveniles on the lists that track offenders and can make information on them accessible to the public, according to an article published by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

California making strides toward protecting youth in foster care

California Governor Jerry Brown signed several laws this month that stand to have a far-reaching impact on children in the state’s child welfare system. Last week, Brown signed a set of three laws to curb the overprescribing of psychotropic drugs in foster care, following a five-part San Jose Mercury News investigation revealing nearly 1 in […]

CR: States must do more to protect LGBTQ youth from hate violence

As part of Children’s Rights’ ongoing efforts to advocate on behalf of LGBTQ youth in foster care, CR recently joined 15 organizations and agencies – ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Department of Justice, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Lambda Legal and others – to address hate crimes based on race, ethnicity, religion, […]

At National Conference, Children’s Rights Encourages Local Advocates to Join Reform Efforts

Attorneys, advocates, social workers and others who work directly with children can play vital roles in reforming the government systems that too often fail them. That was the message of Ira Lustbader, litigation director at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, and his fellow panelists, during the closing discussion of the 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, […]