Is America Holding Out on Protecting Children’s Rights?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is one of the world’s most ratify treaty. It recognizes families as the fundamental unit of society, and says that families should be provided necessary protection and assistance to fulfill responsibilities to their children.

 United States delegates played an active role in drafting the convention in the late 1980s. Since then, all United Nations member states have ratified it, with one exception: the United States.

The United States is one of the richest nations in the world, yet it has one of the highest rates of child poverty among developed nations.

Advocates say that some kind of agreement about what children need to thrive is essential to addressing child poverty.

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