Giving Kids in Foster Care a Fair Chance

By Stephen Dixon

One early afternoon, I was sitting under a small flowering mimosa tree in our yard when our neighbor Brenda walked briskly up the road carrying her infant. As she got closer, I could see that Brenda was covered with blood. She explained that she had stabbed a “friend,” that the police were coming and that […]

From Homeless to Hopeful

By Felix Heredia

I spent the summer I turned 13 homeless because my mother thought I was gay. She kicked me out of the house and told me to never come back because she didn’t want a “child of Satan” in her home. I didn’t really understand what was going at the time, I just knew I had […]

They Call It Resilience

By Steffanie Eisenga

The foster care system is the number one establishment in this nation that was built specifically to protect children. In my case it took more than five years of verbal abuse, neglect and rape for me to finally get my protection–not just food, shelter and clothes, but a real loving family who I knew would […]

Children in Foster Care Are Worthy of Our Investment

By Marvin Bing

The sun slowly stretched over the horizon and I was still awake, packing my bags. As the break of day crept nearer, my anticipation, and eagerness, peaked. “What would my life be like over there?” My foster parents called me weird. I just wanted to be prepared. After all I was going to live in […]

Affecting Outcomes for Children in Foster Care

By Addie Estelle Boone

I once read that the family is the project of the person. Family is the space in which human life begins, and in which it is nurtured and cherished. It is the place in which a person first learns what it is to love by being loved–where a person learns what it is to have […]

The Continuation of a Dream

By Sean Lamar Hudson, BSW

Our past shapes our future. It allows us to appreciate the blessings, joys, and pains that are before us now. I am writing this blog from one of the world’s most renowned institutions, The University of Chicago — School of Social Service Administration (SSA). I am currently a graduate student, pursuing my Atrium Magister (AM) […]

A Broken System and an Unbreakable Will

By LaQuana Chappelle

I came into the child welfare system at 12 years old, and I had no idea what to expect. I suffered severe emotional and physical abuse at the hands of my mother and stepfather; as a result I began to run away from home. This only led to more troubles, as by the time I […]

Making Foster Care Right

By Emalee Wooton

Some people would guess that foster care would have been the best thing for me. Life with my biological mother was tough. I never really had stability. My mother used and dealt drugs, and she neglected us. We moved all the time. We were never really in school, and I was very behind in my […]

Children’s Rights Remembers Civil Rights Attorney Richard Fields

By CR Staff

Accomplished civil rights attorney Richard Fields died on April 13, 2013, after being struck by a vehicle in Memphis, Tennessee. Children’s Rights joins a host of human rights advocates who mourn his loss. A native of Modesto, California, Fields came to Memphis in 1969 with the “Teacher Corps,” and received his law degree from the […]