Publications

Newsletter 6 December 2012
Notes From the Field, Fall 2012

Thousands of foster children are prescribed powerful psychotropic medications, and the side effects – like drowsiness, suicidal thoughts and hallucinations – can be serious. This issue deals with overmedication, a lack of oversight and the startling impact psychotropics have on kids.

Notes From the Field, Fall 2012
Annual Report 1 October 2012
Annual Report 11/12

A review of Children’s Rights’ work in 2011-2012, including significant developments in our foster care reform campaigns, financial information and a list of the individuals and organizations that generously supported Children’s Rights during the period.

Annual Report 11/12
Policy Report 1 June 2011
Ensuring High-Quality Kinship Care for Children in Wisconsin (2011)

The state of Wisconsin recently launched a new effort to license and train relatives following a legislative change in 2009 requiring relatives caring for foster youth to apply for a foster home license. This report evaluates the implementation of this new policy shift in Wisconsin, and offers specific recommendations that would help ensure that foster […]

Ensuring High-Quality Kinship Care for Children in Wisconsin (2011)
Policy Report 1 October 2007
Hitting the M.A.R.C.: Establishing Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children (2007)

The first-ever nationwide, state-by-state calculation of the real cost of supporting children in foster care, revealing widespread deficiencies in reimbursement rates across the nation — and major disparities among the states — and proposing a new standard rate for each state to use in fulfilling the federal requirement to provide foster parents with payments to […]

Hitting the M.A.R.C.: Establishing Foster Care Minimum Adequate Rates for Children (2007)
Policy Report 1 September 2007
At the Crossroads — Better Infrastructure, Too Few Results: A Decade of Child Welfare Reform in New York City (2007)

A comprehensive assessment of the performance of the New York City child welfare system, revealing that despite a decade of reforms and improvements in the system’s infrastructure and in certain aspects of case practice, safety and permanency outcomes for many children and families have not significantly improved and, in some cases, have worsened.

At the Crossroads — Better Infrastructure, Too Few Results: A Decade of Child Welfare Reform in New York City (2007)
Policy Report 1 August 2007
Promoting Child Welfare Workforce Improvements Through Federal Policy Changes (2007)

A major initiative of Children’s Rights and the Children’s Defense Fund comprising three reports, several proposals for changes to federal policy, and ongoing outreach to federal legislators in support of improvements to the child welfare workforce nationwide. Related publications: Components of an Effective Child Welfare Workforce to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families (2006) List […]

Promoting Child Welfare Workforce Improvements Through Federal Policy Changes (2007)