Wednesday, November 20 marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the world’s most ratified international human rights treaty.

The CRC’s recommendation are incorporated into practice through CWLA’s National Blueprint Standards of Excellence, which plays a role in improving the lives of children and their families. The Convention on the Rights of the Child protects children, preserves and strengthens families, and is unquestionably improving the lives of children. The United States and Somalia are the only two UN members that have not ratified the CRC. It is time for the United States to join the global community and ratify this crucially important treaty— for the sake of our own children and children worldwide.