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Too Much, Too Many, Too Young

Too Much, Too Many, Too Young

By Elizabeth Pitman Gretter

Youth Assent to Psychotropic Medication in Foster Care is a Basic Human Right Originally posted on The American Bar Association, Human Rights Magazine, on October 12, 2021 “I was a zombie,” Jimmy said. “I was on seven psychotropic medications when I was 14 years old. I couldn’t eat. I had chest pain.” Jimmy knew even at […]

Advocate for a Fair Future for Kids at All Costs

Advocate for a Fair Future for Kids at All Costs

By Rabbi Philip "Flip" Rice, Congregation Micah

My wife Laurie and I are the rabbis of Congregation Micah in Brentwood, Tennessee – a spiritual community that adopted the words of Micah (6:8), the Biblical prophet and civil rights advocate, as our congregation’s message of equality and welcome for all:  “Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God.” The prophet’s words call […]

Hello America. It’s time to look in the mirror.

Hello America. It’s time to look in the mirror.

By Kayla Muzquiz, Children's Champion Member

When I see the never-ending news reports about the inhumane conditions children in migrant detention centers are being forced to live in, I am reminded of my own experiences growing up in foster care facilities. This article got it exactly right. What’s happening to children at the border is a travesty. But it’s also happening […]

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, […]

For Us, This Is Personal

For Us, This Is Personal

By Older Youth Coalition Members

The child welfare system is expansive, sometimes overbearing, and uniquely complex in the outcomes it can deliver. Equally as complex are the young people that enter and exit and the lives they choose to lead. Many of us take on roles working to improve the lives of other vulnerable populations whether they are in the […]