Stephanie Persson, Children’s Rights; Joyce McMillan, JMacForFamilies; Verene Shepherd, Chair of UN CERD Committee; Angela Olivia Burton, Attorney; Shereen A. White, Children’s Rights at the UN CERD 107th Session, August 9, 2022 I am the daughter of a Black man who was separated from his mother and most of his siblings by the U.S. child […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw88AzS3jJ8 America’s child welfare system has been complicit for decades in the oppression of Black and Indigenous children, families, and communities through government-sanctioned historical and ongoing practices of surveillance, investigation, and forced family separation. Black children are twice as likely to be separated from their families and Indigenous children are almost three times as likely […]
Last month the Trevor Project published its latest survey on LGBTQ youth mental health. The report is shocking to read, but a powerful signal that it is time to act to provide adequate resources and protections to ensure the mental health and stability of LGBTQ youth. Nearly 34,000 LGBTQ people aged 13 to 24 – 45% of […]
The criminalization of mental health conditions has devastating consequences—especially for Black and Brown children and youth in foster care. They often end up pushed into institutions and through the school-to-prison and foster care-to-prison pipelines. On June 22, 2022, we brought together advocates, people with lived experience, and thought leaders for a discussion exploring the institutionalization […]
“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.”
Children’s Rights is lifting up messages and statistics about the child mental health crisis our nation is facing – and what we need to do about it. Help raise awareness for a police-free crisis response to help children heal in their communities.
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 […]
Plaintiffs allege the state’s Medicaid program has caused young people with serious mental health conditions to suffer unnecessarily, ending up in hospitals and residential treatment programs because they can’t access vital services.
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 […]
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 […]