At National Conference, Children’s Rights Encourages Local Advocates to Join Reform Efforts

By CR Staff

Attorneys, advocates, social workers and others who work directly with children can play vital roles in reforming the government systems that too often fail them. That was the message of Ira Lustbader, litigation director at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, and his fellow panelists, during the closing discussion of the 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, […]

Report: Caseworkers in MA being set up ‘to fail’

By CR Staff

Caseworkers in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families are being ‘set up to fail’ due to poor management and rising caseloads, according to a review released this week by the state’s Child Advocate Office. The office’s interim report, based in part on interviews and focus groups with DCF managers, supervisors and caseworkers, portrays a […]

Children’s Rights speaks out against proposed limits on visitation at Rikers Island

By CR Staff

Criminal justice advocates, City Council members and families of the incarcerated gathered at City Hall Sept. 8 to speak out against the city’s newly proposed limitations on jail visitation at Rikers Island. Advocates say the proposed changes are harsh and discriminatory and will disproportionately impact minorities and those who cannot afford bail. In an effort […]

Call for Entries: Fostering the Future 2016

By CR Staff

Do you, or someone you know, have a story to share about life in foster care? If so, Children’s Rights would love to hear it. Children’s Rights is now accepting submissions for its 4th annual Fostering the Future campaign. The blog-a-day initiative, which takes place during National Foster Care Awareness Month, highlights the first-hand accounts […]

CR Spreads Message on Overuse of Psychotropics for Kids in Foster Care

By CR Staff

Sara Bartosz, lead counsel at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, shed light on the failure of many states to properly oversee the administration of psychotropic medications to kids in foster care during the recent American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting in Chicago. Bartosz was a panelist on “I Feel Like a Zombie: Legal Ethics and […]

Building a Movement

By Sandy Santana, Interim Executive Director of Children’s Rights

My son Julian spends hours racing his toy cars, sprints to be the first when the doors open at school, and slowly nibbles his dinner to savor every morsel – and delay bath time. He also listens, watches and absorbs everything that goes on around him. Julian, 7, is a quiet, sensitive kid. A stern […]

Ernesto’s Story

By Ernesto Olivares

My name is Ernesto, and I’m a 24-year-old gay man. I wasn’t always open about my sexuality. I spent years in foster care, afraid to come out of the closet. When I was 13, my little brother and I were put into state care and placed in a shelter. I was scared, the guys were […]

Waiting for My Golden Opportunity

By Herman Thomas

Childhood is supposed to be a time of discovery and innocence. But it doesn’t always work out that way. It didn’t for me or my sister. We grew up in foster care in a loving home out in the country. We had a big back yard, chickens, pigs, fresh vegetables to eat and caring foster […]

Reality of Aging Out

By Tanya Cooper

I never thought I would say it, but you must go through something in order to gain experience for your true calling. Going through foster care affected my life by making me stronger. My mom was an alcoholic and heroin addict who would eventually die from her addiction. She would lose track of time and […]

The Foster Kid Never Fades

By Delena Meyer

Foster kids know “Imposter Syndrome” better than anyone. New families, schools, dynamics, politics and rules make finding yourself and trusting who you are a near impossibility. We learn to mistrust authority by having parents who couldn’t parent. We learn to question ourselves by having no stable place to explore identities and personas. I learned early […]