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 […]

In Oklahoma, Asking a Few Questions Might Have Prevented a Boy’s Tragic Death

By CR Staff

A 20-month-old boy in foster care, run down by a pick-up truck, paid the ultimate price because Oklahoma child welfare officials didn’t ask the obvious questions about a dangerous foster home. The pick-up truck that peeled away from a boozy lakeside gathering left behind more than just a cloud of dust. On the ground lay […]

Foster Care in Oklahoma: A System of Apathy

By CR Staff

When foster youth in Oklahoma suffer abuse in state custody, the chances are appallingly high that an investigation will be ineffective and inconsequential. When a 10-year-old boy said he was sexually assaulted by his 13-year-old roommate in their room at an Oklahoma short-term residential treatment center, the staff didn’t rally to protect him or call […]

Fighting to end a foster care nightmare for thousands of abused and neglected kids

By CR Staff

In 2005, an Oklahoma boy entered state foster care at the age of five. In the years that followed, his life became a nightmarish blur as the state stashed him in a succession of damaging foster care placements: Four different foster homes. One emergency foster home. One residential treatment center. An inappropriate shelter — on […]

Taking toys away from foster kids won’t fix dysfunctional child welfare systems

By CR Staff

A recent op-ed published in The Washington Post suggested cuts in support to foster families to reduce “waste” in the DC child welfare system. According to its writer, “middle class” foster parents are “overpaid” to care for the children they take in, while others — like the relatives of vulnerable children — are suffering in […]

New Yorkers: Join Children’s Rights Associate Director Susan Lambiase at Amnesty International Panel TONIGHT

By CR Staff

In our campaign to change the way abused and neglected children are cared for in the United States, we also stand with other organizations that work to protect the rights of children worldwide. Tonight in New York City, Children’s Rights will participate in a panel discussion hosted by Amnesty International Manhattancelebrating the 62nd anniversary of […]