Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Children's Rights should be a national concern

Detailed look at Children's Rights' work to reform failing child welfare systems across the United States.

Explores the plight of abused and neglected children in the custody of America's failing child welfare systems -- and how Children's Rights fights to reform those systems and improve the lives of children across the nation.

Seven years after Children's Rights, a national nonprofit child advocacy group, took legal action to reform Tennessee's failing child welfare system on behalf of the more than 9,000 abused and neglected children who depend on it for protection and care, "Tennessee Pearl" takes a behind-the-scenes look at the results of the reforms that Children's Rights set in motion -- and how they affected one of the families involved in the case.

Since 1995, Children’s Rights has been fighting for our nation’s abused and neglected children.

We are a national advocacy group working to reform failing child welfare systems on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children who depend on them for protection and care.

For more than a decade, we have been fighting to enshrine in the law of the land every child’s right to be protected from abuse and neglect and to grow up in a safe, stable, permanent home.

Through tough legal action complemented by substantive policy expertise, we have won landmark victories and brought about sweeping improvements in the lives of abused and neglected children in more than a dozen states across the nation.

Founded by Marcia Robinson Lowry, a leading voice on civil rights and child welfare issues nationally for more than 35 years, Children’s Rights began as a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and, later, the American Civil Liberties Union. It became an independent nonprofit organization in 1995.

In recent years, Children’s Rights has won landmark legal victories improving child welfare systems in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

We have issued national policy reports and engaged in advocacy efforts that are changing the way child welfare is practiced in the United States.

Across the country, we are proving that failing child welfare systems not only can be fixed, but can be made to run well — and provide a brighter future for the children in their care.
Learn More:

* Learn about our legal campaigns to reform failing child welfare systems.
* Read about our policy advocacy on child welfare issues at the local, state, and national level.
* Explore our news archive and blog, or watch a short video about Children’s Rights.
* Find out how you can help by making a gift to Children’s Rights or joining our network of supporters.

Visit their web site: http://www.childrensrights.org/

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