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Our Voice Was Heard at the UN: The US Must Be Held Accountable

Our Voice Was Heard at the UN: The US Must Be Held Accountable

By Shereen A. White, Director of Advocacy & Policy

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 […]

Promoting Racial Justice in Child Welfare: 1st Congressional Briefing

Promoting Racial Justice in Child Welfare: 1st Congressional Briefing

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 […]

They’re Just Kids: Why Are We Criminalizing Them?

They’re Just Kids: Why Are We Criminalizing Them?

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 […]

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 […]