Children in foster care can't wait for reform.
Together we can create the spark for change.
The rights of abused and neglected children are routinely ignored and violated.
More than 35 years ago, the United States helped draft the leading document on children's rights with other nations from the United Nations. However, we are the only UN member which has failed to ratify this document. This is a disgrace for our country and our children. Click below to learn more about the rights of children in the world, and how you can help.
A child shouldn't have to be resilient.
Children in foster care are stuck on an endless merry-go-round of bureaucratic failures.
Children in out-of-home care deal with an unfortunate myriad of circumstances. From sudden home removal to consistent change and instability, these children are rarely given a chance to settle and grow in stable environments.
With caseworker turnover skyrocketing, caseloads are more than double the recommended number in several states. This leaves vulnerable children unattended and often forgotten.
Children in care are also lacking in mental health diagnoses, treatment, and care. Although children in foster care are diagnosed with PTSD at twice the rate of combat veterans, mental health services for children in foster care are regularly denied, have long waiting lists, and are often provided by underqualified paraprofessionals.
In too many states, when family reunification has failed, severance hearings are being scheduled months or even more than a year out due to overloaded court dockets, leaving children lingering in foster care when they are ready for adoption.
Children and families sometimes arrive in court for a hearing, only to be told that the hearing is being postponed simply because the Attorney General's Office did not file required motions or notifications.
Children are sleeping in government offices, and languishing in shelters and group homes, because of a crisis-level shortage of foster families nationwide.
Experienced families are closing their foster licenses as quickly as new families are recruited, primarily because of frustrations with the brokenness of the system.
No child should be going barefoot in America in this century. Yet, just a couple of years ago, Mackenzie went to school barefoot for 2 months while in foster care.
After Mackenzie was adopted, she continued to want to help those she left behind. She set a goal to collect 17,000 pairs of shoes—one pair for every child in Arizona foster care at the time - and produce an awareness video.
Mackenzie, with the Foster Children's Rights Coalition and many local and national partners, collected 18,500 pairs of shoes - 1,500 more than her original goal!
Thank you to our community and national partners who have exceeded Mackenzie's collection goal and are helping her dream come true. We are currently working on editing our video to help raise awareness and will let you know the moment it is ready for screening!