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Honor John Lewis by Upholding the Dignity of All Children and Families

Honor John Lewis by Upholding the Dignity of All Children and Families

By Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

On January 6th, violent insurrectionists attacked and desecrated the U.S. Capitol causing untold damage, countless injuries, and at least five deaths. During the attack, the insurrectionists defaced a commemorative display honoring the late Congressman John Lewis. John Lewis was a champion of democracy and civil rights. We cannot let this act of vandalism go unanswered. […]

States must move quickly to help older youth through the pandemic

States must move quickly to help older youth through the pandemic

Last year, young leaders and child welfare advocates made their voices heard leading to $400 million in critical emergency federal aid for foster youth. Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, current and former foster youth—ages 14 to 26—are eligible for funding for cash assistance, housing, college, and other necessities. The Act also prohibits states from requiring […]

Case Closed: Litigation Worked for Milwaukee County Children

Case Closed: Litigation Worked for Milwaukee County Children

It’s hard to imagine the abuse, trauma, and neglect children in our cases have endured. Children like Jeanine who moved through six different homes in as many years while in the Milwaukee County foster care system — in one of them, their foster father abused them to the point of needing stitches. Or siblings Danny […]

Watch Live: Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Older Foster Youth

Watch Live: Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Older Foster Youth

New Funding and Support for Older Foster Youth Thanks to the tremendous work of current and former foster youth and the thousands of advocates, the $900 billion stimulus bill has been signed into law. In addition to direct stimulus payments of $600 to eligible individuals, the bill also includes the Supporting Foster Youth & Families through […]

Supporting Families Gives Children Their Best Chance

Supporting Families Gives Children Their Best Chance

As 2020 draws to a close, our nation’s children—despite strides made over the last year to keep them safe—are still being harmed in the very child welfare systems meant to protect them. We keep relearning the same lesson: the state is not a good parent, and it cannot effectively substitute a parent-child bond with a […]

CR Insider: Dissent Is My Hope

CR Insider: Dissent Is My Hope

By Anne Robinson

As 2020 draws to a close in the midst of a global pandemic, economic upheaval, social unrest and a national awakening to the pervasiveness of systemic racism, we talked with Anne Robinson, General Counsel at Vanguard, CR board member and co-chair of this year’s Children’s Rights gala benefit. What are your feelings as a Black […]

For Us, This Is Personal

For Us, This Is Personal

By Older Youth Coalition Members

The child welfare system is expansive, sometimes overbearing, and uniquely complex in the outcomes it can deliver. Equally as complex are the young people that enter and exit and the lives they choose to lead. Many of us take on roles working to improve the lives of other vulnerable populations whether they are in the […]