California judge rules inadequate foster care payments violate federal law

This week the federal judge in a lawsuit that cited Children’s Rights’ groundbreaking report on inadequate foster care support payments nationwide ruled that California’s low payments violate federal law — and ordered the state to implement a system for determining the real cost of supporting children in foster care. The lawsuit was filed by advocates […]

Third Annual Benefit celebrates victories, honors Richard Emery

On Tuesday, October 14, more than 400 Children’s Rights supporters packed New York City’s Gotham Hall to celebrate our victories on behalf of America’s abused and neglected children and to honor civil rights attorney Richard D. Emery, partner in Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, with the Children’s Rights Champion Award. It was a stirring and […]

Getting tough to get child welfare reform efforts back on track

We don’t relish the prospect of taking the defendants in our child welfare reform cases back to court. We would much prefer that they implement the court-ordered reforms we secure for abused and neglected children without the need for further legal pressure. But sometimes, when progress stalls and kids get put back in harm’s way […]

Congress poised to act on landmark child welfare legislation

Children’s Rights has joined more than 300 child welfare advocacy organizations across the United States in signing a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging them to act now to pass what many are calling the most significant child welfare legislation in a decade. In June, the House of […]

Gearing up for the Third Annual Children’s Rights Benefit

Yesterday, we finished shooting the video presentation we’ll be showing at this year’s Children’s Rights benefit. It was an emotional occasion — a visit with three of the former foster care children in New Jersey whose case madenational headlines after they were found starving at their adoptive parents’ home near Camden, New Jersey, in 2003. […]

A whole new look for Children’s Rights online

If you haven’t visited the Children’s Rights website in a while — or even if you were here just a few days ago — landing here now probably came as a bit of a surprise. As you can see, we’ve made some changes. The new look of the site is just the tip of the […]

Welcome to the CR Blog

We have always posted press releases about the latest developments in our campaigns to reform America’s failing child welfare systems. And when we have big news to share, we send it out via e-mail to our network of supporters. But these updates aren’t quite a complete picture of what goes on at Children’s Rights. For […]

Ricky Holland Reports Underscore Need to Reform Michigan’s Child Welfare System

Two separate reports released today on the death of 7-year-old Ricky Holland reveal alarming failures at the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS), which allowed warnings about the boy’s abuse to go ignored. The reports, issued by Children’s Ombudsman Verlie Ruffin and DHS, show DHS workers did not follow the appropriate procedures to ensure Holland’s […]