Tennessee: One Young Woman’s Story Proves Child Welfare Reform Can Make a Difference

By CR Staff

Behind strong, committed leadership, Tennessee has transformed its foster care system into one that relies less on group care and places children more appropriately with families, providing better outcomes for abused and neglected kids. Porscha McCracken’s life didn’t change overnight. But it’s tempting to think so, looking back on the day she found support and […]

Foster Care Stakeholders Confront a Lingering Problem in New York City

By CR Staff

Two years after The Long Road Home, new data reveal that kids are still getting stuck in New York City foster care, Children’s Rights challenges the city to take immediate and effective action. Sixteen years ago, Children’s Rights launched its first reform campaign, demanding improvements in the foster care system run by the city that […]

The Smallest State Still Has Enormous Problems with Its Foster Care System

By CR Staff

Four years into the campaign to reform Rhode Island’s foster care system, Children’s Rights renews its fight on behalf of vulnerable kids with recent stories of abuse and neglect — along with enduring statistical evidence of systemic dysfunction. States are ranked across endless categories: population totals, educational performance, obesity rates, on and on. In some […]

A Foster Care Alum Offers Kids Life Skills… and Hope

By CR Staff

At their second annual conference this week, Latasha Watts and her advocacy group, the Purple Project, urge current and former youth in foster care to take ownership of their lives and move toward a successful future. This weekend, 200 current and former foster youth will come together in Cleveland for the Purple Project’s 2nd Annual […]

The Consequences of Being Forgotten

By CR Staff

A recent progress report on court-ordered reform shows that New Jersey is just the latest state to shortchange youth aging out of foster care, leaving them vulnerable to and unprepared for adult-sized problems. Even the briefest of stays in foster care is traumatic for children. After being abused or neglected in their own homes, these […]

Frustration with Texas’ “Broken System” of Foster Care is Spreading

By CR Staff

Texas child welfare officials have long promised an overhaul of the state’s dangerous child welfare system. A new story, spurred by Children’s Rights’ reform campaign, indicates that empty plans won’t be tolerated any further. As our campaign to reform the dysfunctional Texas child welfare system gathers steam, there is mounting evidence that the public is […]

A “Child Welfare Debacle” in Mississippi

By CR Staff

Mother Jones and Salon tackle Gov. Haley Barbour’s inaction in the face of a court order to do right by thousands of abused and neglected kids Since 2004, Children’s Rights has been engaged in a major campaign to reform Mississippi’s badly dysfunctional and highly dangerous child welfare system on behalf of thousands of abused and […]

In Oklahoma: Rules are Broken, Young Lives are Lost

By CR Staff

Child welfare officials chose to ignore a basic, easy-to-enforce rule, and then failed to learn from their deadly mistake. Child welfare systems establish rules to protect the well-being of the kids in their care. Plain and simple. And those rules are as worthless as the paper they’re printed on if child welfare workers aren’t compelled […]