On The Frontlines: From CR’S Executive Director

Sandy Santana.

Sandy Santana.

In June, renowned artist and Fostering the Future blogger Ronald Draper arrived at our office to envision a one-of-a-kind installation for Children’s Rights. Within minutes, he came up with the words that embody our mission: Hope in Action.

Of course, we’ve had more literal descriptors of CR’s work. Yes, we defend America’s abused and neglected kids. Yes, we use the law to protect thousands when child welfare systems fail to do so. But we took an instant liking to Ronald’s new tagline and his fresh perspective on our work.

Because while every child should have hope, improving foster care rarely happens on its own — it requires tough advocacy. Here at CR, we strive to put hope in action every single day. And this edition of Notes From the Field has some great examples. Our victory in South Carolina is one. Thanks to a recent settlement in Michelle H. v. Hailey, the case that CR and our amazing co-counsel brought on behalf of some 3,400 children in foster care, our action has put hope at the fore: now more kids will be placed in family homes and get the medical care they need.

Our October benefit was also cause for celebration. Thanks to our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Young Professional Leadership Council and amazing honorees — NBC’s Natalie Morales and Paul Yetter and his firm, Yetter Coleman LLP — as well as remarkable foster care alumni, we had one of our most successful benefits ever. Knowing our supporters believe in us and contribute so meaningfully to our work is also a cause for hope.

And then there is some of our lesser-known advocacy. In recent months, CR began representing four unaccompanied minors who fled to the United States to escape unthinkable violence in Central America. In October, thanks to CR’s dedicated attorneys, a judge positioned two of these children to receive Special Immigrant Juvenile Status from the federal government. Now these vulnerable young people will finally be able to live without fear.

None of this amazing work would be possible without you. By extension, every last one of you also exemplifies Hope in Action. As we enter this season of giving, we want to express to you our profound thanks.

Best wishes for very happy holidays.

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