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Advocates: Ma’Khia Bryant case shows relatives need same resources as other foster parents

Advocates: Ma’Khia Bryant case shows relatives need same resources as other foster parents

By Ronald R. Browder, Dot Erickson, Clarissa Epps, Yvonka Hall, Tracy Najera, Will Petrik, and Barbara Turpin

This story 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 security – let alone holiday toys and treats. That is why advocates filed […]

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 […]

Too Much, Too Many, Too Young

Too Much, Too Many, Too Young

By Elizabeth Pitman Gretter

Youth Assent to Psychotropic Medication in Foster Care is a Basic Human Right Originally posted on The American Bar Association, Human Rights Magazine, on October 12, 2021 “I was a zombie,” Jimmy said. “I was on seven psychotropic medications when I was 14 years old. I couldn’t eat. I had chest pain.” Jimmy knew even at […]

Advocate for a Fair Future for Kids at All Costs

Advocate for a Fair Future for Kids at All Costs

By Rabbi Philip "Flip" Rice, Congregation Micah

My wife Laurie and I are the rabbis of Congregation Micah in Brentwood, Tennessee – a spiritual community that adopted the words of Micah (6:8), the Biblical prophet and civil rights advocate, as our congregation’s message of equality and welcome for all:  “Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God.” The prophet’s words call […]

A Teachable Moment for Parents and Children Arrives in Southampton

A Teachable Moment for Parents and Children Arrives in Southampton

Fall was in the air early in September when the people of Southampton Village opened their hearts and their town to Children’s Rights and our Bricks for Kids sculpture. We couldn’t have felt more at home. The sculpture, crafted out of 35,000 toy bricks, celebrates the innocence and joy of childhood – and encourages conversations about the joy that […]

Lessons on Reimagining State Systems

Lessons on Reimagining State Systems

By Kristina Chenault, Digital Marketing & Communications Manager

I had the opportunity to join my colleagues at this year’s National Association of Counsel for Children’s (NACC) conference, From Crisis to Innovation: Toward a Family-Centered Justice System, in Denver, Colorado on August 13. Traveling to Denver during the pandemic was a new experience. But being surrounded by experts in the child welfare, juvenile justice, […]

Today is a Good Day to Fight the System

Today is a Good Day to Fight the System

By Shereen A. White

Amidst the growing momentum to transform what has been known as the child welfare system and reimagine true support and empowerment of families and communities, my transition to this role could not be more timely. As the Director of Advocacy and Policy, I will lead Children’s Rights in expanding our use of policy and legislation to achieve […]

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