Kids' Rights Are Human Rights

Support Senate Bill 18 (SB 18) the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California. By Beverly Kumar
Kids' Rights Are Human Rights

As a parent, I know the great dreams and aspirations I have for my children. I want them to be safe and healthy and learn the skills they'll need to succeed for a lifetime.

I also know that far too many children and families need more support. While California has the sixth-largest economy in the word, our children rank 47th in terms of their economic well-being. One in four of our children doesn't have enough to eat every day. Three-quarters of our children don't receive important health screenings.

That's just not acceptable. We have to do better by our kids.

Common Sense Kids Action has been working to make kids our state and nation's top priority. We need a vision to accomplish this goal, one that defines what every child in California has the right to expect, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, or ability. And then we will need to hold our elected officials -- and ourselves -- accountable for making it happen.

That's why I'm excited to share with you that a new Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California (SB 18) has recently been introduced in the California State Legislature. With Senate Bill 18 (SB 18), Senator Dr. Richard Pan has started the process of laying out a vision of the kinds of comprehensive and research-based supports every one of our state's children should have a right to access.

On Thursday, I stood with Senator Pan for the formal announcement of SB 18 and officially launch our campaign to build support for this bill that will once and for all make kids our state's top priority.

SB 18 declares that all children have the inalienable right to live in a just, safe, healthy, and supportive society. It's a strong message that we need to send if we're going to reverse the horrible trends I mentioned above.

That's why as a parent and a children's advocate, I'm asking you to join me by signing on as a supporter of the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth today.

The Bill of Rights for Children and Youth outlines the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and family supports we believe are necessary for all children to succeed and thrive. SB 18 will serve as a rallying point for a statewide conversation about what we must do to help our kids.

Over the next year, Common Sense Kids Action is collaborating with Senator Pan to host conversations statewide with parents and children's advocates like you. Input from those conversations will be used to add important details to the framework of SB 18 that help shape this important vision. As dates are released, I invite you to participate and share your thoughts and experiences.

Isn't it time to make sure all California children have access to high-quality early child care and preschool? For every child to have the ability to get an appointment with a doctor or dentist? For parents to have the tools they need to nurture their children's brain development?

Our kids need more.

Please join me in defining a Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California, and support SB 18. Help us make sure every child in our state has access to the child care, health care, and education they need to succeed. Help us empower parents and ensure that every California child can access the tools and supports they need to thrive.

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Comments (5)

Adult written by Rebecca B.

I'm scouring the site for the specific issues being addressed by SB18 and cannot find anything specific. I find only vague statements such as "make sure all California children have access to high-quality early childcare and preschool? For every child to have the ability to get an appointment with a doctor or dentist? For parents to have the tools they need to nurture their children's brain development?" Is this plan failing after less than 3 years: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ce/documents/compearlylearningplan2013.pdf Are Medi-cal and Denti-cal failing? How specifically are parents currently unable to nurture their children's brain development? I need to understand the specific to know whether I can support this bill or not. In it's current state, I cannot support it due to its implied restrictions on parental and family rights. Please help by providing specific issues that are not solved by current programs and are currently affecting families.
Adult written by M P

I love Common Sense Media. I do not love SB18- an open ended bill with no explanation of how the state will measure who is the best "care giver" for our children and how SB18 will be enforced. The state is not equipped to enforce this bill. Unless a child is being physically endangered in their parent's custody, the foster care system is a terrible alternative. Thousands of children are not adopted and kicked out when they turn 18, 1 in 5 foster children will be homeless by age 18. Less than 3% will graduate from college. 71% girls will be pregnant by age 21. Children have died, been abused and runaway while in state custody. If the state of California wants to improve quality of medical care and education for children SB 18 is NOT the answer.
Adult written by Melinda S.

This is wrong wrong wrong. This bill will not protect the rights of children, it will strip the rights of parents. We have laws and many for them on the books to protect children. We do not need more especially when the are thinly vailed attempts to further remove parental rights. Also, this stat is just plain alternative fact at its finest. "Three quarters of our children don't get health care screenings"?. That's impossible if there is a 92%+ vaccination rate. Also what about all those children playing sports, they are required to have an screening every year. Don't fall for Sen. Pan's propaganda machine.
Adult written by Cindi S.

I respectfully disagree with this bill. Your write up makes it sound so innocent but it is a slippery slope to losing the rights to raise children as parents see fit. The social service program in CA is already a mess. What is going to happen to kids the government decides are not being raised by their standards? Thrown into an already disfunctional foster system. This is a dangerous bill and I hope people wake up before it's too late. I don't want my grandchildren to live in this state because of this and other bills Senator Pan thinks is important as he gets his pockets lined. Disgusted with this idea.

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