Born addicted to drugs, abandoned at bus stations, sexually abused and assaulted.
500,000 infants and children suffer these crimes every year and enter foster care for refuge…but our child protection system is broken. The next generation deserves better. Generation Justice works in legislatures and courtrooms to mend the broken system and bring a permanent end to innocent children enduring violence.
Gen Justice launches publicly
Awarded Best of the Capitol Up & Comer Leader of the Year by the Arizona Capitol Times
The Children's Law Clinic opens
Georgia models a Gen Justice reform that passes in a unanimous vote
Gen Justice reforms reach 35,000 foster children
The Law Clinic advocates for the legal rights of its 75th foster child
The cost to families and children we help in court
The number of children reached by Gen Justice initiatives
The number of states working with Gen Justice to adopt model reforms
Children can’t fight abuse, but we can.
Child protection agencies are returning infants and children to homes with known meth and drug users. With the protection of "safety plans" that are anything but safe, children are dying in increasing numbers. Read about Zaiden.
Gifts that Give
Help children with what they need, when they need it. Your donation could help cover the cost of a meal or desperately needed representation in the courtroom when these children face their abusers, separation from siblings, and distance from friends and loved ones. Here are just a few examples of how your gift could be used to support abused children:
- $30 - A meal or toy for a child during court.
Small items can comfort a child during court proceedings.
- $57 - Gas for a lawyer to reach a rural courtroom.
Your gift can fill a gas tank to get our volunteers to and from distant parts of the state.
- $100 - One criminal background check to ensure a child's safe placement.
Too often child protection agencies place children in dangerous homes. Your gift can help prevent a child from being revictimized.
- $250 - A new name and social security number to keep a child safe.
Many abandoned and abused children need to change their identities for their own protection. Your gift can facilitate a fresh start.
- $500 - One national search to find a child’s relatives.
When a child enters the protective custody of the state, a national search should be conducted to find extended family members. These searches are often conducted years into proceedings or not at all, leaving children without family.
- $1,000 - Travel cost for one expert witness to appear in court to testify for a child.
National experts on regularly donate their time to testify in our cases. Your support can offset the travel costs incurred to travel and stay, sometimes over several days, during hearings and trials.
- $2,500 - One grassroots training on the rights of children in state care.
Our grassroots trainings give relatives and caretakers, social workers, teachers or caring adults caretakers knowledge of the laws and can sometimes eliminate the need for an attorney.
Our Child Safety Bill added laws that allow children to be adopted by the families that have cared for and loved them since birth.
Gen Justice attorneys ensure that children’s rights are front and center before the courts and that government actors follow the laws.
Gen Justice provides free legal trainings for families, CASAs, social workers and agencies about the rights of children in state care.