To date, we've helped stop violence against more than 35,000 child victims.
Aiden suffered permanent brain damage due to abuse. Today, he is happy and safe with the family who nursed him back to health.
We put the law on their side.
This is not merely a social issue, it’s a legal one. Founded in 2017, Gen Justice has developed and driven the adoption of seven child safety reforms, all with strong bipartisan support. Our reforms are based on the principles that children should be reunified with family as soon as possible, foster care should be temporary, and when adoption is necessary, it should proceed without delay.
These new laws work in powerful ways:
Expediting the search for relatives
Reducing the time to adoption for infants, toddlers and older teens
Requiring immediate judicial review of serious cases, helping to prevent fatalities
Providing special education services to children in foster care
Increasing transparency of the state’s actions
Bring our missing children home.
One of Gen Justice’s priorities is helping the more than 18,000 children who disappear from foster care each year. The FBI reports that many of those children fuel America’s sex traffic trade. Often, states close the cases of these children after six months, and searches are inadequate to non-existent. Our work addresses this crisis.
Fatality rates are rising.
The majority of children who die from abuse are known to child protection authorities who failed to keep them safe. We must do better.
Taking our mission nationwide.
The fight has just begun. Gen Justice works with local organizations coast to coast, helping communities tailor reform to local needs.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2019 Gregor G. Peterson Prize in Venture Philanthropy
Gen Justice Wins National Philanthropy Prize
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2019 Arizona Capitol Times Women Achievers of Arizona Award
"Honored for her pioneering legal work on behalf of abused kids."
Rebecca Masterson, VP and Chief Counsel of Gen Justice
2018 Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year Award
Darcy Olsen, Founder of Gen Justice
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The Problem with Foster Care.
Why Does Arizona Send Children Back to Homes with Drug-Addicted Parents?
Child Deaths Preventable with Greater Transparency of Agencies
Generation Justice Wins Inaugural Peterson Prize at ALEC States & Nation Policy Summit
$250,000 Grant Will Protect the Rights of Foster and Adopted Children
Georgia's Foster Care Reform Bill: Blood Relatives Shouldn't Always Have Legal Preference
Georgia's foster care bill models the new Arizona law and puts the best interests of children first.
The Parents Passed a Drug Test. Should They Get Their Children Back?
8 Heartwarming Stories of Older Children Who Finally Found Their Forever Home
America's Flood of Opioid Orphans
The core problem is that children lack some of the basic constitutional rights that we cherish as Americans.
Hearings: With Mom Absent, An Education Plan Stalls
Arizona's foster children get a common-sense solution that removes the barrier to special education.