Foster Mom Says OK Often Failed to do What Was “Best For The Child”

Kelly loved fostering babies and keeping them out of the local shelter. She loved getting to know the children and advocating for the care they needed. Most of all, she simply loved having babies around. What she didn’t love was the frustration that came from working with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). Kelly’s […]

Victory for OK’s Abused Children: Deal Reached to Repair State’s Foster Care System

More than 8,000 abused and neglected children depend on the Oklahoma child welfare system for care and protection. But the very system charged with protecting Oklahoma’s kids had continuously failed to fulfill its obligation to these already vulnerable children. Now, thanks to the unwavering advocacy of Children’s Rights and Tulsa-based law firm Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, […]

National Adoption Month Reminds Us Home is Where the Heart is

November celebrates adoptive families and raises awareness about the needs of kids in American foster care. There are more than 400,000 children in American foster care right now. Over 100,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. In honor of National Adoption Month, Children’s Rights salutes each of the inspiring adoptive families that stands up […]

Aging Out of Care, Running Out of Options

Former foster youth face long odds in the job market — more than half will be unemployed after leaving care — but one young adult in Tennessee is showing how reform can change a life. The unemployment crisis has touched nearly every community in America — according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the […]

The Power of a Helping Hand

For a New Jersey mother to get her life and family back together, she needed some help — and an innovative program called Reunity House was there to make sure she got it. Ann Williams is more than willing to admit she’s dug some of the holes she’s found herself in over the years. A […]

Oklahomans Are Getting Fed Up with Excuses from Child Welfare Officials

Oklahoma child welfare officials have long denied that its agency puts vulnerable children in harm’s way. A new story, spurred by Children’s Rights reform campaign, expresses in stark terms the public’s growing frustration with a dangerous system. Since the day we told Oklahoma that it had to fix its broken foster care system, state officials […]

A Chance to Support Children In Foster Care

Bid on exciting prizes in our Call-To-Action Auction and enable Children’s Rights to continue its mission — forcing broken foster care systems to do the right thing for abused and neglected children. Our Sixth Annual Benefit was a spectacular night — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music; our Champion Award to philanthropist Douglas Durst; […]

A Struggle for Education in Foster Care

For Leah Charpentier, getting the education every child in foster care deserves proved to be a battle in Rhode Island — but it was a battle she was ready to fight. Earlier this month, millions of children in America have gone back to school. While convention has it that kids dread getting back on the […]

Foster Care Alum Turns Adversity into Accomplishment

Shalita O’Neale started the Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center because she knew firsthand how difficult it is to age out of foster care and build a life for yourself. Did you know that as many as three out of every 10 young adults who age out of foster care without a permanent family or connection […]