What is the CRC?

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a multilateral human rights treaty that promotes the rights of all children worldwide.

The CRC recognizes all children's rights to develop physically, mentally, and socially to their fullest potential, to express their opinions freely, and to participate in decisions affecting their future.

The CRC is the first legally binding international instrument that incorporates the full range of human rights — civil, cultural, economic, political, and social — into a single text.

The CRC provides a vision of children as individuals and as members of a family and community, with rights and responsibilities appropriate to their age and stage of development.

The United States of America played a pivotal role in the long process of drafting the CRC and thus in the world for children. It incorporates many of the standards first found in our own Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)