Aging Out to Advocacy: My Story

By Catherine Konold

I entered Utah state custody in 2001 and aged out in 2010, three months after graduating high school. The nine years I spent in foster care shaped me into the person I am today. I lived in 14 different placements. Foster care was a mix of horrible experiences and times when I was normal and […]

Fostering Normal

By Joseph Bakhit

We were taken away from my sister’s home not even a month after we moved in. We struggled to reunite for years after that. There’d be moments where we were all together and other times when one of us was missing.

The Path I’ve Walked

By Elena Taylor

Everyone faces challenges in their life. Some more than others, but everyone faces challenges. Somewhere along the line it was decided that I would be the guinea pig for just how many challenges one person can handle. When I was 4 years old, I was adopted from Romania and came to the U.S. I lived […]

Overcoming My Broken Childhood

By Julius Kissinger

I was just 6 weeks old when I was adopted from foster care for the first time. Life with my adoptive family seemed okay, until I got a little older. There is a fine line between discipline and abuse, and that line was constantly crossed in our home. For ten years, I was tortured day […]

Finding My Way Home

By Amanda

Born to a manic depressive mother and a schizophrenic father, statistically I had no chance of “being normal.” Brisk morning turned into terrifying night. Daddy put his hands where they didn’t belong. Mommy kicked him out and sat by the door to make sure I was safe. Family lied and said that she held me […]

The Ins and Outs of Adopting Through Foster Care

By CR Staff

Thinking of adopting but worried it is too expensive? According to an article in U.S. News and World Report, private domestic or international adoptions may cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, but adopting through foster care can cost “next to nothing.” And with more than 400,000 youth in American foster care, there are […]

Why I’m Fighting to Improve South Carolina Foster Care

By Dione Brabham, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

At a defining moment early in my adulthood, I made the decision to pursue a career in social work. Since then, I have focused on the experiences of children and the many barriers to their success. After completing my graduate degree in social work, I set out to honor my calling as a field organizer […]


By CR Staff

Children’s Rights seeks participants for its 3rd annual Fostering the Future campaign.  Taking place in May (National Foster Care Awareness Month), the campaign highlights daily blogs that depict the experiences of people who have lived in state care. If interested, please email Participants will submit a blog post of up to 750 words along with […]

NYC to Ban Solitary Confinement for People 21 and Under

By CR Staff

New York City officials announced a plan Tuesday to ban solitary confinement for people 21 and younger amid scrutiny over horrific conditions at the city’s notorious jail complex, Rikers Island, according to news reports. The decision comes on the heels of mounting criticism from advocacy groups, including Children’s Rights, who condemned the use of excessive […]

Advocates call for end to solitary confinement at public hearing

By CR Staff

(New York City) — Hundreds gathered Dec. 19 at a Board of Correction public hearing to address the contentious use of solitary confinement and proposed segregated housing in New York City jails. The City has proposed the creation of “Enhanced Supervision Housing Units” (ESHUs), a new form of high-security housing that would remove selected people […]