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A Victory for South Carolina Kids During COVID-19

A Victory for South Carolina Kids During COVID-19

Yesterday, a federal judge in South Carolina issued an opinion and order that is strongly in line with the policy changes that Children’s Rights has been urging to address the immediate health risks to children in group living situations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: it is impossible for children who share eating, sleeping, bathroom, educational and […]

Youth must be included in the next COVID-19 relief bill

Youth must be included in the next COVID-19 relief bill

Young people in and leaving foster care are still struggling during the pandemic with many unable to make ends meet. With the economy disrupted, many have lost their jobs and fear being forced to move. 33% of youth polled by Foster Club reported that they had less than a week’s worth of cash on hand. […]

He has a name: Cornelius Frederick

He has a name: Cornelius Frederick

Around the country, youth in foster group homes, juvenile detention centers, and prisons are testing positive for the coronavirus. Some places have seen riots, with kids running away from facilities because they are afraid of being infected – in one instance they were tear-gassed. These children are being placed in 20-hour-plus solitary confinement for their […]

Children’s Rights Urges Congress to Help Older Foster Youth

Children’s Rights Urges Congress to Help Older Foster Youth

*Update, May 12, 2020 We are proud to have joined over 110 organizations and 650 foster youth, foster parents, and advocates calling for Congress to provide crucial supports to older youth facing the stress and disruptions resulting from COVID-19. We urge Congress to consider the series of legislative recommendations provided below for inclusion in the […]

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 […]