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 […]

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 […]