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Children's Rights is challenging unjust laws & policies harming children & families, and advocating for solutions that give them agency, access to resources, & build stronger communities. Donate before midnight to double your impact. #KeepFamiliesTogether. rebrand.ly/FamiliesTogeth…
Want to learn more? Watch our latest panel discussion with @AbigailKramer11 from @THECITYNY & @propublica; Marco Barrios, Criminal Justice Advocate; Carly Baetz, Clinical Assistant Professor at @nyuschoolofmed; & CR Executive Director @SantanaSandy. childrensrights.org/why-are-we-cri…
📢TAKE ACTION: Policymakers at every level have long made decisions that harm children and leave them without the support they need. Call on your policymakers to stop prison pipelines and fund community services.childrensrights.org/Decriminalize7#ChildMentalHealthMatterss
The mother of a plaintiff in the case was quoted in a @TheCity & @propublica article, saying “If I left it up to the system, my son would be gone already." propublica.org/article/new-yo…
Earlier this year, we filed a lawsuit against the state of New York for denying Medicaid-eligible children their legal right to community mental health services—putting children's health and their lives at risk.
Because of the lack of funding, a shortage of child psychiatrists, and our fragmented health care systems, more families desperate to meet their children's #MentalHealth care needs are resorting to relinquishing their parental rights. #ChildMentalHealthCrisis
For kids with #MentalHealth conditions, instead of receiving the support they need, they are often met by law enforcement and criminalized for their behavior due to unaddressed trauma. #DecriminalizeYouth
You may remember 15-year-old Grace who was incarcerated after not doing her online schoolwork at the start of the pandemic. propublica.org/article/a-teen… @jodicohen, @propublica
Did you know that children and young adults become entangled with the juvenile and criminal legal system for normal teenage behavior? For things called “status offenses” like running away from home or missing curfew or skipping school or not doing homework.
With unrelenting attacks against #LGBTQ+ children and their families, protecting their mental health is essential. Read our latest blog at childrensrights.org/LGBTQMentalHea… for ways to take action to demand change and to learn more. #PrideMonth
"It is critical to acknowledge that structural inequities lead to the overrepresentation of Black, Brown, and LGBTQ children in these systems, compared to the overall youth population."—Meredith Giovanelli, Policy Analyst childrensrights.org/LGBTQMentalHea…
Every child has the #RightToFamily. And together, we can fight to ensure kids stay home and prevent them from being unnecessarily placed in government systems. Double your impact today advocating for the support & resources families need to stay together. rebrand.ly/FamiliesTogeth…
Now is a moment where many people will be erasing the vast experiences that trans people have while seeking abortion care. The deliberate decision to remove trans people results in a incomplete story about what this SCOTUS decision criminalizing abortion means. #DobbsvJackson
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This is a must read. “Critics say presence of police in schools is likely to have a disproportionate impact on Black children, referred to law enforcement and arrested at higher rates than White children for school-related incidents, national data shows.” cnn.com/2022/06/07/us/… twitter.com/NTerryEllis/st…
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We must work to close the foster care-to-prison & school-to-prison pipelines, end the criminalization of children, & invest in community services that help children heal & #KeepFamiliesTogether. Learn more this afternoon! It's not too late to RSVP: rebrand.ly/JustKids-t
LGBTQ youth who live in a community that is accepting of LGBTQ people reported significantly lower rates of attempting suicide compared to those who do not according to the 2022 National Survey from thetrevorproject.org/survey-2022/#a… via @TrevorProject
“America’s suicide rate is at its highest since World War II. A simple three-digit code for a suicide hotline can reduce the mental stigma surrounding mental health and ultimately save lives."—former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai #PreventMentalHealthCrisis broadbandbreakfast.com/2022/06/states…
Today we honor all father relationships. To those who have raised, mentored, fostered, loved, and nurtured a child. And to those whose hearts may be a little heavier today. #HappyFathersDay Artwork on Instagram: @_littlemissfoodie
No one should face discrimination because of who they are or whom they love. We must continue to demand #EqualityNow. #Pride2022
Register to join us for a discussion on solutions to decriminalize and deinstitutionalize children on June 22 at 4 PM ET/ 1 PM PT: rebrand.ly/JustKids-t
The criminalization of #MentalHealth conditions has devastating consequences—especially for Black and Brown children and youth in #FosterCare. They often end up pushed into institutions and through the school-to-prison and foster care-to-prison pipelines. #DecriminalizeYouth
We must work to close these pipelines, end the criminalization of children—particularly of Black and Brown children—and invest in community services that help children heal and keep families together.
The time to decriminalize mental illness is now. #ChildMentalHealthMatters
With your support, we can continue our work to dismantle America’s unjust systems & bring about real systemic change that helps preserve families and prevents irreparable harm to children. Donate today and double your impact to #KeepFamiliesTogether. rebrand.ly/FamiliesTogeth… [5/]
In 2020, 18.2% of removals of Black children from their homes were due to alleged physical or sexual abuse, while 64.72% of removals of Black children were due to neglect—which is often conflated with conditions of poverty. [4/] #SupportedNotReported
Despite decades of literature and data highlighting how racism plagues the #ChildWelfare system Black & Brown children continue to be disproportionately surveilled, policed, reported, and removed from their families and communities. [3/]
Less than half of the 400,000+ children in #FosterCare return home to their families, despite the fact that the vast majority of children are unnecessarily placed in the system for reasons of poverty, not neglect. [2/]
Did you know the federal government spends TEN TIMES more on foster care and adoption than on services to preserve and reunite families? #KeepFamiliesTogether 🧵[1/]
Biden's new Executive Order on #LGBTQRights includes plans to address the needs of LGBTQ+ youth in #FosterCare & fight against the attacks targeting LGBTQ+ youth. "Just be you. You are loved. You are heard. You are understood. You do belong." #Pride2022 thehill.com/homenews/35245…
Congress must take action to disrupt systemic racism and all forms of oppression in our mental health & child welfare systems. @SenateFinance & @SenFinance can take the first steps towards antiracist, healing solutions for youth in #FosterCare. rebrand.ly/ImproveMentalH…
We can & must reform the foster care system to address the needs of children & transition-aged youth. @SenateFinance we strongly encourage these meaningful & culturally responsive reforms in order to best support children involved w/the child welfare system. #ChildrensWeek2022
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Children separated from their families and pushed into #FosterCare experience unimaginable trauma. They need behavioral health systems that are humanizing and healing. This #ChildrensWeek, we urge @SenateFinance & @SenFinance to create solutions for them. rebrand.ly/ImproveMentalH…
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Thank you @RonWyden & @MikeCrapo for centering young people's solutions to the #MentalHealthCrisis. This #ChildrensWeek, we urge you to develop solutions for youth in & leaving #FosterCare. rebrand.ly/ImproveMentalH…
We urge @SenateFinance & @SenFinance to continue their focus on improving access to #mentalhealth services & support for children & youth to grow & thrive. We cannot allow youth in & leaving #FosterCare to slip through the cracks. #ChildrensWeek2022 rebrand.ly/ImproveMentalH…
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With youth leading and partners like @ChildrensRights @JBA4Youth @fosterclub @ThinkOf_Us @JuvLaw1975 @YouthLawCenter and @youthvillages supporting this movement, we know we can enact meaningful change for children in #FosterCare. #ChildrensWeek2022
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Youth in #FosterCare are calling for youth-driven, gender-affirming, and culturally responsive mental & behavioral health services. #ChildrensMentalHealthMatters and we’re asking @SenateFinance & @SenFinance to listen to them. #ItsAKidIssue rebrand.ly/ImproveMentalH…
Reforms to #ImproveMentalHealth are urgent & necessary for kids in foster care, but we cannot have a conversation about improving mental health w/o also mentioning the need to enact changes that help lower childhood trauma by ending family separation. #ChildrensWeek2022
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This #ChildrensWeek, we must center our nation’s youth. We’re calling on @SenateFinance & @SenFinance to listen to youth—especially those in and exiting #FosterCare. They need community mental health services to help them heal. rebrand.ly/ImproveMentalH…
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This #ChildrensWeek & every week, we must center our nation’s youth. We’re calling on @SenateFinance & @SenFinance to listen to children and youth—especially those in and exiting #FosterCare. Youth want community mental health services to help them heal. rebrand.ly/ImproveMentalH…
Thank you @SenateFinance & @SenFinance for your focus on meaningful reforms of our behavioral health systems to improve the well-being of young people. This #ChildrensWeek, we urge you to develop solutions for young people in & leaving #FosterCare. rebrand.ly/ImproveMentalH…
In order to close the cradle-to-prison pipeline, we must address: ✔️Over-surveillance, over-policing, & institutional racism ✔️Institutionalization of youth ✔️Inaccessible & inappropriate community supports & mental health services.
The child welfare & criminal legal systems work hand-in-hand in the destruction of families, rather than providing the conditions for communities to thrive and to #KeepFamiliesTogether. #InvestInCommunities
The #ChildWelfare system undoubtedly feeds the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline. A recent survey found that as many as a quarter of people in prisons spent time in foster care. #ItsAKidIssue
Next Wednesday, CR's Shereen A. White is presenting at the 2ND International Conference on Decreasing Recidivism—Over-Surveilled and Institutionalized: How Community Services Can Replace Punitive Systems—with Bobbi Taylor, @JoshRovner, & Steven Olender. iarcpa.org/events/ 🧵twitter.com/IarcOrg/status…J
"Adults need to make sure that we're hearing from kids so that their stories are our guiding light. Ultimately, we will know when we've reached the finish line when they're doing well & they tell us they're doing well and when data tells us that as well." abcnews.go.com/Health/amid-na…
#ChildrensWeek2022 is dedicated to lifting up the urgency of issues that impact children and urging Congress to make sure the needs of children and youth are included in our policies. Learn More: firstfocus.org/blog/childrens… twitter.com/First_Focus/st…
Throughout #ChildrensWeek2022, @Campaign4Kids & other partner advocates will brief members of Congress on Capitol Hill, host webinars and Twitter chats, and engage Hill staff on the key challenges facing our children & grandchildren. Learn more at: firstfocus.org/news/childrens…
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"This is the largest youth generation in human history. This is a generation that is dealing w/ complex issues & conflicts like no other generation has faced...so, listen to young people & just look at the demographic opportunity before us."-@menaayazi #ChildrensWeek2022
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Did you know it’s #ChildrensWeek? Shereen A. White, our Director of Advocacy & Policy, & Maleeka Jihad (MJ), MJ Consulting Firm, come together nearly a year after @NACCchildlaw's Conference to share their thoughts on #ChildrensWeek2022 & why it’s more urgent today. #ItsAKidIssue
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