Salt Lake City Children's Network

Working to improve the future of our children

Children's Rights Resources

Children's rights are the backbone of our organization. Protecting the rights of those who cannot yet fight for those rights is our responsibility and privilege as advocates, and we take that responsibility incredibly seriously. It is an all-encompassing mission of fairness and justice, health and well-being. It can also be very daunting, and for this reason we also strive to offer our community resources and additional information in order to keep them informed and up-to-date on the latest in children's rights.

As you seek out information on children's rights, please keep in mind that, as with all things politics, the purveyor of the information may be shading that which they provide with an agenda. Our agenda is simple: give SLC families the information they need to best advocate and fight for the rights and future of their children. Please keep in mind any bias and give thought to the source of the information you find.

To help our community members and families learn more about various issues impacting children's rights, we've collected the following resources:

  • Determining the Best Interests of the Child: Gain a better understanding of the state and national stance on children's rights in regards to the court system, welfare, and factors that are weighed in the best interests of the child.
  • International Laws Related to Children's Rights: This introduction to international laws related to children's rights offers information on impactful legislation that directly affect all children.
  • Utah County Children's Justice Center: Re-focus on the well-being of the child and taking a hard look at cases of abuse in our state is the focus of the Utah County Justice Center.
  • National Children's Alliance (NCA): The NCA provides assistance and support for Children's advocacy Centers nationwide. For more than twenty-five years, they have fought for the rights and well-being of our nation's youth.
  • Women, Infants, & Children (WIC): WIC offers assistance to families and children that may have trouble accessing nutritious food, education, and counseling.
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): This parent's guide provides vital information related to children's educational records and their right to privacy.
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Get familiar with the big issues being championed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This organization extends beyond missing children and fights to keep children safe and online and offline.
  • Utah Department of Human Services: Strengthening and protecting Utah's families, the Utah division of child and family services strives to shield children from neglect and abuse by empowering their families and the larger community.
  • Prevent Child Abuse in Utah: This organization operates with the belief that education, engagement, and empowerment of the community can help prevent child abuse.
  • Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children's Hospital: Diagnosing and treating cases of child abuse and neglect in Utah, this is one of the state's most comprehensive programs fighting for children's rights and getting families access to important resources they need to thrive.