We measure our success by the difference we make in children’s lives.
Children’s Rights has won landmark cases improving child welfare systems in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Much more than mere symbolic victories, our campaigns for comprehensive child welfare reform produce real, measurable improvements in the lives of abused and neglected children.
Abuse in foster care has hit a historic low. The rate of maltreatment in care was reduced more than ten-fold from 2.4 percent in 2000 to .15 percent in 2013. Allegations of abuse and neglect that used to sit for months are now investigated within days.
Children are being adopted at a faster rate. The state nearly tripled the percentage of kids who had their adoptions finalized within two years, from only 11.1 percent in 1999 to 32.8 percent in 2013.
In New Jersey:
New Jersey drastically reduced the number of children sent out of state for mental and behavioral health treatment by more than 95 percent, ensuring kids stay closer to their homes and communities. More than 300 children were living out of state in 2006, compared to just three in 2013.
When Children’s Rights first took action in metropolitan Atlanta in 2002, kids in foster care often went six months or more without caseworkers visiting their homes. By 2013, caseworkers made well over 95 percent of required monthly visits to children.
In Washington, D.C.:
The District significantly cut its use of institutional and group care. During the first half of 2013, no kids were in emergency, short-term or shelter facilities for more than 30 days, and no children under 12 were in group settings for more than 30 days, unless their needs couldn’t be met in family settings.
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