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Lessons on Reimagining State Systems

Lessons on Reimagining State Systems

By Kristina Chenault, Digital Marketing & Communications Manager

I had the opportunity to join my colleagues at this year’s National Association of Counsel for Children’s (NACC) conference, From Crisis to Innovation: Toward a Family-Centered Justice System, in Denver, Colorado on August 13. Traveling to Denver during the pandemic was a new experience. But being surrounded by experts in the child welfare, juvenile justice, […]

CR Insider: When Children’s Rights Came Knocking

CR Insider: When Children’s Rights Came Knocking

By Ryan Barker, Missouri Foundation for Health

Sometimes things just click. Call it Kismet, call it karma, call it dumb luck. For me it happened in 2017, when I first met Children’s Rights. At the time, I had been working in Health Policy at Missouri Foundation for Health for 15 years. Our mission is to eliminate the underlying causes of health inequities, transform systems, […]

The time is now, stop institutionalizing children

The time is now, stop institutionalizing children

At any given time, there are approximately 42,823 children housed in institutions and other group facilities. The trends of abuse, lack of mental health support, and racial inequality within child welfare institutions have harmed children and families for too long – and our history clearly shows that you cannot fix a fundamentally bad practice. It […]

We cannot wait for another child to die

We cannot wait for another child to die

“Nothing could be worse than a return to normality,” writes political activist and award-winning author Arundhati Roy in her latest essay, ‘The Pandemic Is a Portal.’ “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew.” As we continue grappling with the effects of COVID-19 and examining the systems embedded […]

Taking action now so no young person is left behind in this pandemic

Taking action now so no young person is left behind in this pandemic

By Shereen Arthur White, staff attorney

Young people in and aging out of foster care have been hit hard by COVID-19. Under normal circumstances, these youth already face incredible odds, but under a pandemic, their chances of becoming unemployed, struggle to access food or other basics, or to become homeless increase exponentially. Due to the difficulties and trauma foster youth often […]

Calls to child abuse hotlines are way down and that’s not good news.

Calls to child abuse hotlines are way down and that’s not good news.

Sheltering-in-place is a privilege. It’s for those with steady homes. Those who are living in a safe space, away from violence, and discrimination. Turn to our juvenile justice system where youth in detention centers, adult prisons, and juvenile justice facilities are either confined in unsanitary, unsafe conditions or forced into trauma-inducing 23-hour solitary confinement. Children in foster care too often don’t […]

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