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Children's Rights
12/01/2016 at 18:13. Facebook
Indiana’s drug epidemic has reached “crisis level” according to officials, causing a dramatic increase in the number of children in foster care, which has grown from 12,382 in 2013 to 17,023 in 2015.

The uptick has created a desperate need for foster parents like Jim and Joan Schoon, who have fostered 96 children over 26 years, including those with severe disabilities as a result of parental...
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Drug epidemic leads to heightened need for foster parents in Indiana

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Children's Rights
11/29/2016 at 20:22. Facebook
A compelling piece in the Atlantic examines the lives of three brothers who, after entering foster care at a young age, endured a series of failed adoptions, foster homes, juvenile detention centers, prisons and homelessness. One brother, Shelton, describes life in foster care as “a fractured existence,” saying it “perpetuates and helps to contribute to the prison-industrial complex … in a...
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From Foster Homes to the Big House

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Children's Rights
11/29/2016 at 17:48. Facebook
This #GivingTuesday, please support Children’s Rights and take a stand for kids in foster care. Gifts big and small make a difference. Together, we can work to turn failing child welfare systems into safe havens.

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Great editorial from The Houston Chronicle in favor of foster care reform. The paper reviews a set of recommendations recently provided by two special court masters, noting that the experts' report describes "management failures large and small that add up to a system that fails to achieve its primary purpose: protecting children."

Fixing CPS

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Thank you to our friends at goop--Children's Rights is proud to be part of your Under-18 Gift Guide!

As you start thinking about the holidays, please remember: giving children in foster care the support and protection they deserve can be the best gift of all. Please donate today. [ Bit.ly Link ]

The Under-18 Gift Guide

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In honor of National Adoption Month, we’re sharing the heartwarming story of Autumn and Matthew Scudder, who this week gave 3 yr and 1 yr siblings a forever family. Kylie, the couple’s oldest biological daughter, told the Huffington Post, “Adopting them has helped our family learn and understand a whole new level of love.”

These Photos Of Siblings Adopted From Foster Care Are Warming All The Hearts

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Georgie Smith, an advocate for youth aging out of foster care, is one of ten nominated to be the 2016 "CNN Hero of the Year," with the chance to receive $100,000 in support of her cause. Smith provides housing for former foster youth in LA County. "By setting up their first home, it gives them the foundation from which they can succeed," Smith told CNN.

Meet the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2016

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As the country readies for a new president, child advocates are calling on the Trump administration and lawmakers to prioritize child welfare and policies for vulnerable youth and their families. “It will take a major effort to help people connect the needs of children to the success of our country's future,” said Christine James-Brown, president and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America.

Trump Presidency Could Reshape Policies for Children and Youth

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On the heels of some substantial improvements in metro Atlanta, child advocates and state officials have agreed to a streamlined foster care reform plan that could put the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) on the path to exit court oversight.

Child Advocates, State Officials Agree to Streamlined Foster Care Reform Plan, Putting Fulton and Dekalb Counties on Path to Exit Court Oversight - Children's Rights

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Independent experts assigned to help overhaul Texas’s failing child welfare system have released long-awaited recommendations for reform, including increased transparency and training, and phasing out problematic foster group homes, among many others. Paul Yetter of Houston law firm Yetter Coleman LLP, and lead attorney on the case M.D. v. Perry, called the recommendations "A huge step toward...
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Proposed Foster Care Reforms a Good Step, Even As Texas Drags Its Heels

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Our annual benefit was a remarkable success! We raised more than $920,000 to defend and protect abused and neglected children in foster care. Check out our full photo spread.

Benefit - Children's Rights

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Nearly 100 current and former foster youth gathered in Washington D.C. to present the results of a national poll of issues facing foster youth, and to urge the incoming administration to increase their attention to youth-determined priorities. The event, organized by Foster Youth in Action, stressed the importance of maintaining sibling connections, preventing homelessness, ensuring college...
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Foster Youth Bring Their Priorities to Capitol Hill

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Invisible People, a video blog featuring those who have been affected by homelessness, shared the story of Brion - a homeless youth in Pittsburgh who, after being placed in his first foster home at the age of nine, was shuffled through 13 placements by the time he turned 18.

Brion is a homeless youth in Pittsburgh.

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Thank you to the awesome folks at Access Hollywood for the shoutout - we love you Natalie!
CR Champion Award honoree Paul Yetter and his team at Yetter Coleman LLP were crucial players in securing a landmark ruling in favor of 12,000 Texas kids. Tuesday night at CR’s benefit, Yetter spoke passionately on the case: “Two decades ago, a report referred to young people in Texas foster care as “the children that even God has forgotten,” but not even this dire descriptor was enough to...
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Move over Matt Lauer - After a late night at the CR benefit, our friend Adam made an appearance on the Today Show! :) Thank you to Advisory Council Chair Christy Irons and family for all of your support.

Kathie Lee and Hoda on Twitter

“.@hodakotb met this ADORABLE little boy today. His name is Adam and he wants to be the next @MLauer! https://t.co/iWHOP1wyFb”

CR’s benefit was a tremendous success! Huge thank you to our honorees, NBC’s Natalie Morales, Yetter Coleman LLP and Paul Yetter. Stay tuned for full coverage and pictures coming soon.
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Grateful for the support of @NMoralesNBC & her work shining a light on foster care. Watch here: [ Bit.ly Link ] #HopeInAction
“We’re all here tonight because we believe passionately in the power of advocacy, and the very real need to ensure that not one of our children feels voiceless, invisible or forgotten." - CR Executive Director Sandy Santana #HopeInAction