We advocate for kids in and out of the courtroom.
We believe in the principle that kids have indivisible and interdependent rights. To protect those rights we are committed to:
- providing civil child-centered, rights-based legal representation and individual advocacy to children;
- creating and sustaining a healthy and community for kids to grow and develop; and
- empowering youth voice.
Our rights-respecting framework relies on four main pillars:
- Nondiscrimination – Children deserve to be treated fairly and with respect;
- Right to life, survival, and development – Children have a right to basic things to live, survive, and develop;
- Best interests of children – Decisions that affect children, whether in the courtroom, community, or systems should always be asking “is this decision good for kids?”; and
- Respect for the views of children – Children need to participate and have their views and voices considered when decisions affecting them are being made.
Interested in learning more about a rights respecting framework and why it matters? Learn more from Jacksonville’s Children’s Ombudsperson and CCR Associate, Garry Bevel.