On any given day, thousands of children in U.S. foster care are given psychotropic medications to address mental health and behavioral issues. Studies show that children in state care are administered these drugs at far higher rates than the general child population.
What does it mean to reform foster care? What does our advocacy accomplish? Click here to see how Children’s Rights has affected concrete and critical change in child welfare systems across the United States.
Most children who are adopted from foster care join loving families that last, but all too often kids are placed in “forever homes,” only to have their stability shatter. As we see in the cover story of Notes From the Field, the effects of broken adoptions are tragic – children can end up on the streets, back in state care or “rehomed.”
Bloggers from across the country give deeply poignant accounts of their experience with the U.S. foster care system. Foreword by Kim Hansel, editor at Fostering Families Today.
Across the country, children are suffering because of a severe shortage of foster homes. They’re being placed in shelters, mental hospitals, and spending the night in child welfare offices, simply because states have nowhere else for them to go.
Public comment submitted by Children’s Rights for the New York City Board of Correction.
Countless young people across the United States are being swept into the pipeline between foster care and sex trafficking every year, and their stories are heartbreaking. In the fall edition of the Children’s Rights newsletter, Notes From the Field, we feature the story of Crystal, who grew up in state care and was coerced into the sex trade at 18.
A review of Children’s Rights’ work in 2013-2014, including significant developments in our foster care reform campaigns, financial information and a list of the individuals and organizations that generously supported Children’s Rights during the period.
“Thirty-one bloggers share firsthand experience with the U.S. foster care system in the 2014 print edition of Children’s Rights’ Fostering the Future project. Foreword by Marvin Bing of Amnesty International USA.”
Nearly 640,000 young people depend on caseworkers to keep them safe in U.S. foster care each year. But with little training, unmanageable caseloads and long hours on small salaries, adequately protecting kids can be difficult. And, as we see in the cover story of Notes From the Field, the effects can be devastating.