Yesterday, a federal judge in South Carolina issued an opinion and order that is strongly in line with the policy changes that Children’s Rights has been urging to address the immediate health risks to children in group living situations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: it is impossible for children who share eating, sleeping, bathroom, educational and […]
This Pride Month marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ+ Pride traditions. But Pride 2020 differs from previous years – with celebrations canceled or moved to virtual space as people are forced to continue to social distance. For many LGBTQ+ young people involved in the child welfare system, this means they are living in unsupportive […]
After he learned of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in April of 1968, Robert Kennedy recited from memory this passage from Aeschylus: He spoke those words to unspool a thread of meaning and hope at another time of upheaval and despair in our nation. I’ve never forgotten them. I was sickened by that […]
Young people in and leaving foster care are still struggling during the pandemic with many unable to make ends meet. With the economy disrupted, many have lost their jobs and fear being forced to move. 33% of youth polled by Foster Club reported that they had less than a week’s worth of cash on hand. […]
Around the country, youth in foster group homes, juvenile detention centers, and prisons are testing positive for the coronavirus. Some places have seen riots, with kids running away from facilities because they are afraid of being infected – in one instance they were tear-gassed. These children are being placed in 20-hour-plus solitary confinement for their […]
Join us on Thursday, May 21st at 3 PM EST for a virtual art class with Ronald Draper, Children’s Rights Young Professional Leadership Council Member, and Award-Winning Visual Artist. Reciprocity & Generosity Through Art: A virtual art class for all experience levels to offer hope to those who need it most. The concept: […]
I was born in New Jersey 21 years ago but moved as a baby to Pakistan with my parents and half-sister. Fast forward to 2018 when, halfway through my junior year at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, I moved into The New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan. Me! Living at an iconic New York landmark, built […]
For me, the COVID-19 crisis is happening on two levels. As a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Conroe Texas, my work life has adjusted, we are taking precautions, but it’s still basically business as usual. I am trained to keep people calm, caution them to take care, but not to panic. Our […]
Meet 29-year old Khadija Adula. Born to Malian parents in Congo, Brazzaville, Khadija spent much of her youth running from unsafe and unstable living situations. A recent college graduate, she dreams of being a gynecologist to protect girls in West Africa from the heinous practice of female genital mutilation.
Khadija shares her journey of resilience and realizing her dreams.
Meet Bilonda Tshimanga.