A child has the right to safety, education, and shelter. If the child is in danger at home, they can be removed. If the child is not being educated, they can be put into a learning program. If the child is homeless, they can be placed into foster care or a shelter. A child does not have the right to love, encouragement, and nutrition, although they should. A child does not have the right to free speech, but they can remain silent. They don't have the right to bear arms, but they do have a right to a fair trial. They don't have the right to vote, but they do have a right to practice religion. Education opens up the future aspirations for the child, while safety ensures they will live long enough to learn more. Shelter ensures they will be safe from the elements, and dangers that exposed living invites. As teachers, you can watch for signs of problems at home that would put their safety or security at risk. You can also help to create an environment that inspires them in the classroom, and possibly creates a place for them to feel safe to say what is on their mind and fosters honest dialogue. Although you cannot control what happens at home, you can be the constant rock the child needs to cling to in their life, should their personal situation suffer.