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Meet Our New Chief Development Officer

Meet Our New Chief Development Officer

“I witnessed firsthand the impact of racism, poverty, and the lack of access and how these forces shape a person’s quality of life,” Darlene Larsen says. “I feel I have come full circle to now be able to work with an organization that brings lasting change that improves the lives of thousands of children at a time.”

Class Action Brings Justice and Healing to Foster Children in Kansas

Class Action Brings Justice and Healing to Foster Children in Kansas

By Leecia Welch

In January of 2021 a federal judge in Kansas approved a settlement agreement in the class action lawsuit, M.B. v. Howard, brought on behalf of children in foster care by Children’s Rights and other child welfare advocates, including the National Center for Youth Law, where I first became involved in the case. The lawsuit was filed to […]

State of Dysfunction for New York’s Mental Health Care System

State of Dysfunction for New York’s Mental Health Care System

By Joshua Arocho, Staff Attorney

Mental Health is Health. Health Care is a Basic Human Right. Access to physical and mental health care is vital for children’s healthy development and well-being. It is arguably our most basic human right. Children need access to timely and appropriate home and community-based services to support their physical, cognitive, and emotional development. But every […]

We Remember Their Stories

We Remember Their Stories

By Neha Desai & Leecia Welch

As attorneys collectively representing all immigrant youth in US government custody, we are often asked what it’s like to work with children who arrive in the US fleeing horrific conditions in their home countries. It is humbling work—sometimes traumatic, often painful—but also inspiring and transformational. The words, faces, and stories of the children we have met […]

The Power of Partnerships for Making Systems Accountable

The Power of Partnerships for Making Systems Accountable

Ira Lustbader, chief program officer for Children’s Rights, Anne Geraghty Helms, and Julie Gryce of DLA Piper join Dave Scriven-Young from ABA’s Litigation Radio to talk about the need for pro bono legal work and how lawyers and their firms can get involved to make a difference. Learn more about our work, our case in Ohio, and the importance of our pro bono partners in this episode.

Relatives need same resources as other foster parents

Relatives need same resources as other foster parents

This story, Advocates: Ma’Khia Bryant case shows relatives need same resources as other foster parents, was originally published by The Columbus Dispatch.  Despite the ongoing threat of the pandemic, families gathered to celebrate the joys of the season. But many kinship caregivers in Ohio struggled to provide children in their care with basic stability and […]

A Worthy Moment During This Most Hopeful of Seasons

A Worthy Moment During This Most Hopeful of Seasons

By Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas

A few years back I was asked by a thoughtful young woman why I never use a pronoun for god. My answer was – and is, because I try to speak about god the way god speaks to us – that god is not a static being, but rather a dynamic, restless force in our […]

A New Name for Glen Mills Isn’t Enough

A New Name for Glen Mills Isn’t Enough

By Christina Wilson Remlin

Earlier this month the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that The Glen Mills Schools —shut down in 2019 after a child-abuse and cover-up scandal — is seeking to reopen under a new name. This is a school Children’s Rights knows all too well. Several years ago, prompted by ongoing reports of abuse, we conducted our own investigation […]