Pulliam Grant to Strengthen Legal Advocacy for Foster Kids
Contact Laura Major (602) 710-1135 x702; Laura@genjustice.org
Teri Walker (480) 887-0083; firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOENIX, Arizona, August 5, 2020 – Generation Justice will create a one-stop education and legal information center for those charged with protecting Arizona’s foster children, thanks to a $150,000, two-year grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
“We are so appreciative of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust’s investment in the foster care community,” said Gen Justice CEO Darcy Olsen. “This grant will help thousands of abandoned and abused children in the dependency court system.”
“Gen Justice developed a strong pilot program that helps caregivers and child welfare professionals better advocate for children in the foster system,” said Gene D’Adamo, president and CEO, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. “We’re pleased to invest in expanding the program to increase the number of strong, educated advocates leading Arizona’s foster children toward greater stability.”
An independent review conducted by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago found that the state is taking too long to find permanent homes for children, so Gen Justice launched a pilot project to empower relatives, foster families, and child welfare professionals to improve the process. The pilot was so successful the organization turned to the Pulliam Trust to expand it.
The grant will enable Gen Justice to hire an attorney to further develop the program and materials to meet demand. The program will be free to the public and provide online courses on a wide range of topics including the court process, the rights of children, and how to access special education and other help. A geometrically greater number of children will be served.
Olsen said, “Questions range from the seemingly trivial like, ‘Can I allow my foster child to dye his hair purple?’ (the answer is, it depends…) to the critically important like, ‘This child hasn’t had a court hearing in nine months. What can we do?’”
“The bottom line,” said Olsen, “is children with strong advocates exit the system 1.5 times faster than those without. The more quickly children find themselves in a stable, loving home, the better their lives will be. That stability will come from greater legal advocacy by the people closest to the children.”
ABOUT THE PULLIAM TRUST
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was established upon the death of Nina Mason Pulliam in 1997 to support the causes she loved in her home states of Arizona and Indiana for 50 years. The Trust seeks to help people in need, protect animals and nature, and enrich community life in metropolitan Indianapolis and Phoenix. Visit ninapulliamtrust.org.
ABOUT GENERATION JUSTICE
Gen Justice is an award-winning charitable organization working to mend the broken child protection system through non-partisan policy changes and a unique pro bono Children’s Law Clinic. Gen Justice is a 501c(3) organization under federal law and a Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization under Arizona law. Arizona taxpayers may receive an income tax credit for donations to Generation Justice up to $1,000.