When foster youth in Oklahoma suffer abuse in state custody, the chances are appallingly high that an investigation will be ineffective and inconsequential. When a 10-year-old boy said he was sexually assaulted by his 13-year-old roommate in their room at an Oklahoma short-term residential treatment center, the staff didn’t rally to protect him or call […]
Tulsa’s News On 6 ran a story last night on the tragic cases of several children in the custody of Oklahoma’s extremely dangerous child welfare system — children who had been the subject of at least one confirmed report of abuse or neglect in foster homes that the state should have been monitoring carefully, and […]
One Oklahoma toddler was shuttled between eight different foster care placements in less than a year — and her experience isn’t unusual, according to a recent expert report.
In 2005, an Oklahoma boy entered state foster care at the age of five. In the years that followed, his life became a nightmarish blur as the state stashed him in a succession of damaging foster care placements: Four different foster homes. One emergency foster home. One residential treatment center. An inappropriate shelter — on […]
Maggie May Trammel was just 10 days old last November when her mother, Lyndsey Fiddler, a 26-year-old Oklahoma woman with a history of substance abuse problems, loaded her into a washing machine with a pile of clothes, started the machine, and subsequently passed out. Maggie May was in the washing machine for as long as […]
A recent op-ed published in The Washington Post suggested cuts in support to foster families to reduce “waste” in the DC child welfare system. According to its writer, “middle class” foster parents are “overpaid” to care for the children they take in, while others — like the relatives of vulnerable children — are suffering in […]
In our campaign to change the way abused and neglected children are cared for in the United States, we also stand with other organizations that work to protect the rights of children worldwide. Tonight in New York City, Children’s Rights will participate in a panel discussion hosted by Amnesty International Manhattancelebrating the 62nd anniversary of […]
Every time we launch a campaign to reform a foster care system that’s endangering the abused and neglected children who depend on it, we hope the public officials responsible for the system will at least acknowledge the severity and scope of the problems we have called to their attention. Sadly, that’s not always the case. […]
We’ve been talking a lot lately about enlisting our supporters, partner organizations, fellow advocates, and other concerned citizens in a national movement to transform the way our nation treats its abused and neglected children. That’s a bold, ambitious goal, and it depends on many thousands of people across the United States pulling together to do […]
A recent ruling by a federal judge puts Children’s Rights one step closer to shedding light on concerns that the Georgia child welfare system is inappropriately suppressing abuse investigations.