Our Philosophy

We believe:

  • Every child has the right to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Child abuse should be treated as a crime.
  • Children must receive fearless, uncompromising, unflinching advocacy for their safety when the system places a higher priority on other values.
  • Bureaucracy is often an obstacle to child protection, and the system fails children more often than necessary.
  • Family preservation should never take precedence over the the protection of a child.
  • Children must receive fearless, uncompromising, unflinching advocacy for their safety in a system often fraught with inappropriate goals for the child or complete disinterest in their welfare.
  • In focusing on the child; only indirectly on the protective parent.
  • That bureaucracy is an enemy to child protection and that the system fails children systematically.
  • Family Preservation is antithetical to the protection of a child.
  • In funding from sources independent from the system.
  • In independence from the system in order to avoid the co-opting effect of dependence.
  • You shouldn’t have to appease judges or public officials to achieve the protection of the child.
  • Society has a moral obligation to protect our children from abuse and neglect.
  • The safety and rights of the child are paramount to the rights of any caretaker.


Our goals:

  • To open up the process of adjudication of children’s rights to the light of day.
  • To advocate children having the right to competent legal representation in all child abuse cases. To provide or facilitate such representation whenever possible.
  • To advocate children having the basic constitutional protections that are afforded adults.
  • To encourage public agencies that serve children to be efficient, accountable, and to place the “best interests of the child” above all else.