Nearly 640,000 young people depend on caseworkers to keep them safe in U.S. foster care each year. But with little training, unmanageable caseloads and long hours on small salaries, adequately protecting kids can be difficult. And, as we see in the cover story of Notes From the Field, the effects can be devastating.
“If he would have noticed that I was completely shut down, I would have never been abused in so many ways,” Steffanie said of her caseworker. “If somebody would have asked me, and told me that they cared about my well-being, I would have spoken up.” You’ll hear more from Steffanie, and others, in our In Focus feature: “For Overwhelmed Caseworkers, Protecting Kids Can Be a Struggle.”
Our spring issue of the Children’s Rights newsletter also highlights our continuing commitment to changing foster care in states like Massachusetts, where we’re seeing our advocacy play out with amazing vigor. In Texas, CR is gearing up for a December 1st trial on behalf of thousands of children who are suffering as a result of overloaded caseworkers and aging out of care without families to call their own.
Be sure to also check out details on our second annual Fostering the Future campaign, which will go live on May 1st! In this issue, we’ll introduce you to several inspiring writers who share their raw and personal stories about life in state care. They, along with many more from across the country, will undoubtedly inspire — and open some eyes — as we post their stories for our signature blog-a-day project for National Foster Care Month.
On The Frontlines: From CR’s Executive Director
In Focus: For Overwhelmed Caseworkers, Protecting Kids Can Be a Struggle
CR Highlights Stories of Life in Foster Care
Rosie Perez Recounts Tumultuous Childhood
CR Insider: Joe Belluck
In The Courtroom
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