California making strides toward protecting youth in foster care

California Governor Jerry Brown signed several laws this month that stand to have a far-reaching impact on children in the state’s child welfare system. Last week, Brown signed a set of three laws to curb the overprescribing of psychotropic drugs in foster care, following a five-part San Jose Mercury News investigation revealing nearly 1 in […]

CR: States must do more to protect LGBTQ youth from hate violence

As part of Children’s Rights’ ongoing efforts to advocate on behalf of LGBTQ youth in foster care, CR recently joined 15 organizations and agencies – ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Department of Justice, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Lambda Legal and others – to address hate crimes based on race, ethnicity, religion, […]

At National Conference, Children’s Rights Encourages Local Advocates to Join Reform Efforts

Attorneys, advocates, social workers and others who work directly with children can play vital roles in reforming the government systems that too often fail them. That was the message of Ira Lustbader, litigation director at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, and his fellow panelists, during the closing discussion of the 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, […]

Report: Caseworkers in MA being set up ‘to fail’

Caseworkers in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families are being ‘set up to fail’ due to poor management and rising caseloads, according to a review released this week by the state’s Child Advocate Office. The office’s interim report, based in part on interviews and focus groups with DCF managers, supervisors and caseworkers, portrays a […]

Children’s Rights speaks out against proposed limits on visitation at Rikers Island

Criminal justice advocates, City Council members and families of the incarcerated gathered at City Hall Sept. 8 to speak out against the city’s newly proposed limitations on jail visitation at Rikers Island. Advocates say the proposed changes are harsh and discriminatory and will disproportionately impact minorities and those who cannot afford bail. In an effort […]

Call for Entries: Fostering the Future 2016

Do you, or someone you know, have a story to share about life in foster care? If so, Children’s Rights would love to hear it. Children’s Rights is now accepting submissions for its 4th annual Fostering the Future campaign. The blog-a-day initiative, which takes place during National Foster Care Awareness Month, highlights the first-hand accounts […]

CR Spreads Message on Overuse of Psychotropics for Kids in Foster Care

Sara Bartosz, lead counsel at national advocacy organization Children’s Rights, shed light on the failure of many states to properly oversee the administration of psychotropic medications to kids in foster care during the recent American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting in Chicago. Bartosz was a panelist on “I Feel Like a Zombie: Legal Ethics and […]

Building a Movement

By Sandy Santana, Interim Executive Director of Children’s Rights

My son Julian spends hours racing his toy cars, sprints to be the first when the doors open at school, and slowly nibbles his dinner to savor every morsel – and delay bath time. He also listens, watches and absorbs everything that goes on around him. Julian, 7, is a quiet, sensitive kid. A stern […]

Ernesto’s Story

By Ernesto Olivares

My name is Ernesto, and I’m a 24-year-old gay man. I wasn’t always open about my sexuality. I spent years in foster care, afraid to come out of the closet. When I was 13, my little brother and I were put into state care and placed in a shelter. I was scared, the guys were […]