The Children's Rights Council (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for children’s rights to have two actively engaged and fully-participating parents in their lives, regardless of the marital status of their parents. At CRC we believe that “The Best Parent is Both Parents®,” and thus act like a catalyst to increase the use of joint-custody and thus to boost the involvement of non-custodial parents. Since CRC’s inception 24 years ago, we have had the mission of minimizing the emotional, physical and economic abuse, neglect and distress of children, and the development of anti-social and high-risk behaviors following relationship breakups and marital disputes between parents.
A Global Leader
Incorporated in 1985, CRC has become a global leader in the advocacy, development and delivery of services and information addressing rights and responsibilities with regards to the “best interest” of children. An established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CRC is headquartered in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with 60 chapters in 39 states (including the District of Columbia) and international affiliates in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, France, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, and Sierra Leone. Additionally, CRC operates access centers at which parents can peacefully change custody or non-custodial parents can visit with their children during supervised visitation.
We Work To Strengthen Families
CRC works to ensure that children enjoy frequent and continuing contact with both parents, as well as contact with extended family that the child would normally have in any successful, loving parental relationship. We work to strengthen families through skills and behaviors that support family formation and preservation. CRC is genderless; we are neither a women's nor a men's group. Rather, we advocate what we believe to be in the best interests of children, including the Children's Bill of Rights.
Extensive Experience and Up-To-Date Research
With extensive experience working in concert with courts, government agencies, private foundations, community/faith based organizations and grassroots initiatives, the Children’s Rights Council has remained in the forefront of visitation and child support issues, served as a catalyst for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, and continues to provide up-to-date research on custody laws and child support rules affecting parents across the country. The core of CRC’s many accomplishments and strategic advantages to successfully advocate for children is a comprehensive history of governmental relationships and grassroots networking that form the basis of a national system of information and referral dedicated to helping relieve emotional suffering, abuse, neglect and economic distress for children of parents involved in disputes.