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Publications

Impact Report 12 November 2021
2021 Impact Report: Children Need Us Now More Than Ever

We don’t protect children one child at a time. Our job is to protect thousands of children over time and over generations — by exposing and eliminating the deep roots of dysfunction and racism inside the very government systems responsible for taking care of children.

Children’s Rights is committed to fighting for children harmed by America’s child welfare, juvenile legal, education, and healthcare systems in the courtroom and outside of it. We are winning 90% of the lawsuits we file to advance the rights of children in state foster care. We are winning hearts and minds through advocacy campaigns that educate and engage people about how they can help make things better for kids when systems fail them. And we use our deep knowledge about those systems to turn that engagement into laws and policies that codify and make permanent rules and practices we know lead to the fair and equitable treatment of all children in government care.

2021 Impact Report: Children Need Us Now More Than Ever
Annual Report 1 October 2021
2020 Annual Report

2020 was traumatic for all of us, but especially for children. The pandemic took an enormous toll as families were forced to navigate what the crisis means for their psychological and emotional health, educations and futures. The impact was even more severe among children in government systems, and amplified the struggles they already faced. But […]

2020 Annual Report
Policy Report 26 May 2021
Fighting Institutional Racism at the Front End of Child Welfare

Government is perpetuating the oppression of Black children and families through traumatic surveillance, investigation, and family separation practices carried out under the auspices of the child welfare system. Institutional racism is a force at work in the American child welfare system and contributes to the disproportionate involvement of Black children and families with the system. […]

Fighting Institutional Racism at the Front End of Child Welfare
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
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