Every day, unjust child welfare laws and policies subject Black families to surveillance, policing, and discrimination that causes devastating harm, breaking apart families and violating their human rights. At every stage of the child welfare system, Black children and families face racism and unequal outcomes compared to their white counterparts. This failure to dismantle systems […]
Families in need of services should not be subjected to surveillance and investigations by the family regulation system, yet the inclusion of neglect in mandated reporting laws ensures that they are. Our Advocacy & Policy team co-authored an article with Shanta Trivedi, Center for Families, Children and the Courts Faculty Director and Assistant Professor of Law at The University of Baltimore School of Law and Shakira Paige, Peer Trainer, Peer Model Project at Rise, examining the law’s origination, the resulting harm to Black families, and an approach for change.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.