“Kids could have no better guardian angel.”
- National Review
Abandoned at birth, we fought for Molly. She now has a loving, adopted family.
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WORKING TOGETHER. SAVING LIVES.
Gen Justice works with local leaders and national partners to create state and federal policies impacting hundreds of thousands of abandoned and abused children.
HOW IT HAPPENS
True change is neither simple nor swift – that’s why we’re here.
Too many American children suffer brutality and death as a result of weak laws or poor compliance with good laws. We believe children should be safely and quickly reunified with family when possible, foster care should be temporary, and adoption, when necessary, should proceed without delay.
Gen Justice works to mend the child protection system and bring a permanent end to innocent children enduring violence.
CEO Darcy Olsen has two decades of success in shaping laws including The Right To Try. But she considers the ten infants she fostered her most important work. After seeing the injustices facing abused kids, Olsen decided she needed to act. She founded Gen Justice in honor of these children including her foster “Baby A” who lived just 56 days.
WHAT WE DO
THE MEANS TO A MUCH BETTER END.
Our work is broad and far-reaching, resulting in life-changing impact. We work on a micro, macro and super-macro level. These three threads, bound and woven together, are the lifeline that will pull this generation up and end the violence.
Changing public laws and policies to protect abandoned and abused kids. We work in our home state of Arizona to implement nonpartisan reforms, then share our work nationwide, helping local communities tailor reform to their needs.
Helping individual children in their court cases day in and day out in our Children’s Law Clinic, providing emergency legal assistance and counsel to expedite their safety and passage to family.
Enforcing constitutional rights. Abused kids face an uphill battle for safety because they have second-class rights. Abusers have a right to counsel and public hearings; children have neither. We believe children are entitled to equal protection. Our public interest legal work seeks to vindicate the constitutional interests of children to be free of severe abuse and, when abandoned to the state, their interests in timely adoption.
“We have newborns sleeping in offices,” the social worker told me. “If you could open a crib, we’d be thankful.” I couldn’t shake the image of newborns struggling under the glare of fluorescent lights. So, instead of fostering a teen as I’d planned, I left the hospital cradling an abandoned infant, meth-exposed. In a few short years, I’d taken home ten.
Senior Vice President and Legal Director
"As a father, I would have given anything to protect our foster daughter from what she endured,” said Tim. Through Gen Justice's public interest legal work, Tim seeks to vindicate the constitutional interests of children to be free from severe abuse, and he fights for their right to be safe, secure, and promptly placed with permanent parents.
REBECCA SMITH MASTERSON
My foster son sifted through the possessions he had accumulated in his 13 years of state care. Next to the clothes that didn’t fit was a rainbow tower of backpacks. It took me a minute to understand. “Whenever you got moved to a new place, you got a new backpack?” “Yeah,” he shrugged, “Sometimes with a stuffed animal or school supplies.” I realized that at every stage of this child’s life, instead of meaningful help, instead of exiting foster care for the permanent family he needed, he got a backpack. I promised to change this.
Ann joined Gen Justice as a founding team member, offering her expertise in management, operations, and fundraising. Ann’s work honors the memory of her stillborn son, William. Ann believes all children should have the chance to grow up safe and loved.