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I love my NOW

I love my NOW

By Bilonda Tshimanga

I’m a junior in college, and like students across the globe, COVID- 19 has thrown everything down around me. I would have never expected school would shut down, let alone our country and much of the economy.  But it is sort of funny, having spent time in foster care actually makes me really good at […]

This is my time.

This is my time.

By Travis Schwerin

Meet Travis Schwerin. Originally from Wisconsin, Travis grew up dreaming of a mother he saw from TV personalities. Watching Rosie on TV, he was able to see what a loving parent looked like. Unfortunately, his experiences differed greatly from what he saw. Travis entered the foster care system at the age of 7. Bouncing among various foster families and his birth mom. Now a young adult, he refuses to let his past circumstances define his life. Travis shares his experiences in the foster care system and the bright future he is building for himself. Here’s Travis’ story.

It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

By Nawanna Snipe

Nawanna Snipe fought a long battle to adopt her daughter Deanna, now 10 years old. With her grandmother’s words of wisdom and love echoing in her ears, she has made it her primary job to ease the pain of her daughter’s past and provide a loving home.

Nawanna discusses the joys and challenges of being a mom to a child who was in the foster care system.

Here’s their story.

Running the race set before me

Running the race set before me

By Danielle Smith

Until the coronavirus arrived, the gym was one place where I lived out loud. I have a passion for fitness; it keeps me sane. Now the virus has left me at home more these days which is not the normal for me. I do have an overwhelming 18 credits I’m working toward this semester as […]

Spreading my wings

Spreading my wings

By Sandra Carpenter

Sandra Carpenter opened her home for over 16 years to 65 kids in the foster care system. After having 3 kids of her own, they extended their family, adopting 8 children. Being a foster parent isn’t the only way she has helped kids. Over 14 years ago, she opened an organization to support kinship placements and youth aging out of the system. Sandra shares her experience as a foster parent and child advocate.

Will you stand with Children’s Rights?

Will you stand with Children’s Rights?

The kids we represent are being forgotten and left behind by the systems charged with protecting them. Social distancing and fear of infection in the courts and among case workers have created new challenges that leave kids and their wellbeing to fall through the cracks. Children in the foster system can no longer have regularly […]

Do you know what next Tuesday is?

Do you know what next Tuesday is?

Generosity is what brings people together, especially in difficult times like these.  Children’s Rights is proud to support National Foster Care Day and #GivingTuesdayNow, two special ways to give back that are both happening on May 5. We hope you’ll join us and make it a day to remember for kids in foster care who need us […]

Children’s Rights Urges Congress to Help Older Foster Youth

Children’s Rights Urges Congress to Help Older Foster Youth

*Update, May 12, 2020 We are proud to have joined over 110 organizations and 650 foster youth, foster parents, and advocates calling for Congress to provide crucial supports to older youth facing the stress and disruptions resulting from COVID-19. We urge Congress to consider the series of legislative recommendations provided below for inclusion in the […]

Calls to child abuse hotlines are way down and that’s not good news.

Calls to child abuse hotlines are way down and that’s not good news.

Sheltering-in-place is a privilege. It’s for those with steady homes. Those who are living in a safe space, away from violence, and discrimination. Turn to our juvenile justice system where youth in detention centers, adult prisons, and juvenile justice facilities are either confined in unsanitary, unsafe conditions or forced into trauma-inducing 23-hour solitary confinement. Children in foster care too often don’t […]

Looking for a Hero, Juveniles Unchained

Looking for a Hero, Juveniles Unchained

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.” – Mr. Rogers In today’s climate, it isn’t difficult to point to the heroes working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. They are our healthcare heroes, our grocery clerk heroes, our food delivery heroes all ensuring […]

COVID-19: Putting Children First

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