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Children's Rights
01/13/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Offering a rare glimpse inside the courtroom, 21-year-old Noel Anaya, who spent nearly all of his life in California foster care, told NPR's Youth Radio how the system failed him and his siblings.

“I constantly had new social workers, lawyers, and case managers, which left me vulnerable. It wasn't until I got older that I realized one of the main causes for the turnover was because of low...
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After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms

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Children's Rights
01/12/2017 at 21:44. Facebook
Over 4 million children stand to lose health coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Act now! Join CR and organizations across the country urging Congress not to repeal the ACA without a replacement that protects our kids. Call your Senators & Representatives today at 866-426-2631. (Enter your zip code and you will be connected to your representative.) #SaveACA...
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Children's Rights
01/10/2017 at 15:39. Facebook
Child abuse victims are far more likely to fall prey to human trafficking. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health, which examined the childhood histories of over 900 girls and boys detained by the Florida juvenile justice system, shows that boys who had experienced childhood sexual abuse were 8.2 times more likely to be exploited in human trafficking than boys without a history...
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Their View: Abused children often become victims of human trafficking

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California is phasing out the use of group homes, and streamlining the approval process for parents who can provide foster homes and paths to adoption.

“Foster children should be in family care. The outcomes are better and the data has caught up with that,” says Kathy Marsh, interim director of Children & Family Services for Contra Costa County, noting the estimated 1,100 foster youth who are...
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Face of foster care changing

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Illinois ranks fifth in the nation for cases of human trafficking. The state’s Department of Children and Family Services says it investigated 143 reports of trafficking last year, many of which involved child victims.

Illinois Near Top In Nation For Human Trafficking Cases

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A new law effective this year will now allow youth in North Carolina to stay in the foster care system until 21, with the opportunity to be placed in a home with a foster family or live independently in approved housing as they pursue a degree, vocational training or begin a career.

N.C. law extends foster care services until age 21

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Amazing accomplishment, Sixto -- congrats from all of us at CR on making the #Forbes30under30 social entrepreneurs list!

30 Under 30 2017: Social Entrepreneurs

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New York is one of only two states that prosecutes all youth as adults when they turn 16. Children don’t belong in adult prisons. We support the push to #RaiseTheAge of criminal liability from 16 to 18.

State Lawmakers Make New Push to Raise the Age of Criminal Liability from 16 to 18

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Federal Judge Janis Graham Jack, who put the spotlight on Texas foster care when she ruled Texas’ children “almost uniformly leave State custody more damaged than when they entered,” has been named Texan of the Year by the Dallas Morning News Editorial Board.

“It takes an extraordinary person to hold up a mirror that shows us the stark reality of our indifference,” wrote the Board. “She...
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Judge Janis Graham Jack is our 2016 Texan of the Year

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Such a heartwarming story -- Three-year-old Michael Brown, who bounced between three different foster homes since the age of 18 months, has finally found a forever family.

“He wakes in the morning and says, ‘Mom, I so happy,’” his adoptive mother told the Huffington Post. “As a single parent, I was not looking to adopt, just to help kids during transition. But that changed with Michael. It...
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Boy Has The BEST Reaction To Being Adopted After 832 Days In Foster Care

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North Carolina's failure to pass #HB2 is unacceptable – we can and must do more to defend and protect against #LGBTQ discrimination.

North Carolina legislature fails to repeal 'bathroom bill'

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From our family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season!
Children with disabilities stand to suffer because of a massive Medicaid cut in Texas. The cut, which went into effect last week, reduces payments for many speech, physical and occupational therapists--which means some 60,000 children might not get the therapy they need, reports the Associated Press.

Texas Medicaid Cuts Could Affect Disabled Children Most

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In a great step forward for LGBTQ equality, the North Carolina legislature has made a firm commitment to repeal HB2, also known as the “bathroom bill,” this week. The bill barred cities, towns and counties from enacting anti-discrimination policies that protect people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and also prevented schools from allowing transgender students to use...
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North Carolina Legislature Set To Repeal HB2

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In light of an uncertain future for the Affordable Care Act, child advocates are urging lawmakers to extend the soon-to-expire Children's Health Insurance Program. If the program ends, it is estimated that as many as 1.1 million children would become uninsured.

Congress urged to extend CHIP in light of cloudy ACA future

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Holidays are a time for family. At Children’s Rights, we believe all children deserve to feel safe, loved and protected every day. Please consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation to CR this holiday season, and help us continue our fight to defend abused and neglected kids.

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Texas Monthly describes the state’s child welfare crisis as one that “will test whether our state leadership can function effectively” to protect children falling through the cracks—children like S.A., a plaintiff in CR’s class action lawsuit, who endured sexual abuse and moved through 45 homes and 16 schools in 13 years.

Capitol Crisis

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Low pay and excessive caseloads are causing social workers to flee the foster care system at an alarming rate in the state of Washington, reports InvestigateWest, a Seattle-based nonprofit newsroom. Their investigation revealed a 20 percent turnover among social workers, with caseloads often being two or three times the recommended level, causing a “potentially devastating impact on kids’...
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Social workers fleeing troubled foster care system

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