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Publications

Newsletter 14 April 2021
Notes From the Field, Spring 2021

So much has happened in the last few months in our work to keep vulnerable children safe and we do not want you to miss any of it. Take a look at the tremendous progress made for children— including securing key reforms to give children a better chance at a stable home, improving access to […]

Notes From the Field, Spring 2021
Families Over Facilities: Ending the Harmful Use of Institutions and Other Group Facilities in Child Welfare Systems​

At any given time, there are approximately 42,823 children housed in institutions and other group facilities. Institutionalizing children denies them loving homes and robs them of their childhood. Families over Facilities is a call to action to end the unnecessary institutionalization of children in child welfare. The report details the physical, mental and emotional harm done […]

Families Over Facilities: Ending the Harmful Use of Institutions and Other Group Facilities in Child Welfare Systems​
Annual Report 2 December 2020
2019 Annual Report

2019 seems like a lifetime ago. In that year, our voice was loud in decrying practices that inflict harm on immigrant children. • We won a precedent-setting case in Missouri that will stop the dangerous practice of giving children powerful psychotropic drugs without proper oversight and monitoring. • In South Carolina our legal victory ends […]

2019 Annual Report
Amicus Brief 20 August 2020
Children’s Rights Files Amicus Brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia to Argue Against Government-Sanctioned Discrimination in Child Welfare System

Children’s Rights filed an amicus brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case to be argued in front of the US Supreme Court this fall. The case centers on Catholic Social Services (CSS), a child welfare agency that has sued the City of Philadelphia to receive taxpayer dollars for its child welfare services, despite […]

Children’s Rights Files Amicus Brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia to Argue Against Government-Sanctioned Discrimination in Child Welfare System
Fostering Inequity: How COVID-19 Amplifies Dangers for LGBTQ+ Youth in Care

This report was developed with extensive input from LGBTQ+ young people currently or formerly in foster care, LGBTQ+ young people currently or formerly experiencing homelessness, and direct service workers. We identify how the pandemic is amplifying some of the risks for LGBTQ+ youth in child welfare systems and propose practices to mitigate them. Now, more than ever, LGBTQ+ young people must be protected.

Fostering Inequity: How COVID-19 Amplifies Dangers for LGBTQ+ Youth in Care
Newsletter 3 March 2020
Notes From the Field, Spring 2020

You are interested in Children’s Rights because you care about kids. To share more about how Children’s Rights transforms kids’ lives, our team gathered up the most impactful and meaningful stories from across the organization to share with you. The need to protect children from abuse and neglect is urgent. And Children’s Rights is stepping […]

Notes From the Field, Spring 2020
Newsletter 26 June 2019
Notes From the Field: Southern Edition, Summer 2019

On any given day there are nearly 150,000 children in foster care systems across the South. These children yearn for healing, but are often denied access to critical physical and mental health services. They seek stability, but are often shuffled through a labyrinth of shelters, foster homes, group homes and detention facilities. And with every […]

Notes From the Field: Southern Edition, Summer 2019
Newsletter 1 February 2019
Notes From the Field, Winter 2019

It is a tough time for America’s children. The opioid crisis is driving up the number of children entering foster care, thousands of immigrant children remain in detention facilities, and government cuts to basic nutrition, health and anti-poverty programs put hundreds of thousands of kids at risk. And our political system has for decades been […]

Notes From the Field, Winter 2019
Policy Report 13 December 2018
Report: Children in Pennsylvania Residential Facilities Are in Danger

A new report released by Children’s Rights and the Education Law Center-PA raises serious concerns about the safety of Pennsylvania’s residential placements for youth in foster care and the quality of education provided there. The report, Unsafe and Uneducated: Indifference to Dangers in Pennsylvania’s Residential Child Welfare Facilities, is available here.

Report: Children in Pennsylvania Residential Facilities Are in Danger