The Foster Children's Rights Coalition's mission is to address, educate, and provide training and advocacy tools for cooperating organizations and interest groups regarding the legal and humanitarian rights of children in out-of-home care in the United States of America.
We work together to create real solutions that work in the real world.
Rules and regulations
When Arizona DCS proposed new rules and regulations that could have closed down hundreds of foster homes and smaller family-style group homes, the Foster Children's Rights Coalition was the first to spring into action.
We rallied advocates to speak at public hearings about the proposed regulations. At the same time, we edited and proposed significant changes to more than 500 pages of regulations.
One of our founding members served the Arizona FIRST Advisory Commission. FIRST works directly with Arizona DCS Director Greg McKay to develop solutions to improve the foster care experience for foster parents.
FIRST also worked on revising proposed new DCS regulations, and developed the Arizona Family Resources website to make critical information available to foster parents.
Foster Children’s Rights Coalition gathered professionals who work with foster children every day: mental health providers, lawyers, foster parents, social workers, CASAs, and other child advocates to develop a comprehensive plan for transforming foster care in Arizona.
Our full 2015 report includes more than 365 specific recommendations to make foster care safer, more nurturing, and less costly.
We advocate for those "the system" most often leaves behind.
Teen & Alumni Committee
Our teen committee is run by teens in foster care, siblings of youth in foster care, and recent alumni who advocate to improve the foster care system. They develop policy, build awareness, and recruit advocates.
Mental health committee
Our organization was founded by advocates who work with youth in foster care with mental health challenges. We believe this is one of the key areas of reform that must be prioritized.
We help you
No matter what your skills are, we help you build on your strengths to become a more effective advocate for children in foster care.
We provide training to help "fill the gaps". We have trainings to help you learn to support LGBTQ youth, deal with trauma situations, and work most effectively in the classroom. We encourage suggestions for curriculum development and invite you to join a seminar or webinar today!
We develop leaders for foster care reform. We strengthen your efforts.
Your story and your voice is powerful. We help amplify your voice by sharing your stories on our blog and on social media. We build public awareness and understanding to support real changes for children in foster care in their communities.
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