Child Safety First.

In Loving Memory of Kyra Franchetti

In 2016, two-year old Kyra Franchetti was shot to death in her sleep by her biological father during an unsupervised, court-approved visit, despite testimony about prior threatening and abusive behavior. Her death was entirely preventable. The Kyra Franchetti Foundation's goal is to reform the family court system to place child safety above other concerns.

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The Kyra Franchetti Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity raising awareness about the risk of family violence, especially to children, inside and outside our divorce/family court system. We seek to change the way issues of violence and abuse are addressed in family courts so that child safety is put above all else.

The Kyra Franchetti Foundation was founded by Jacqueline Franchetti in memory of her sweet, vibrant, loving 2-year old daughter Kyra, who was shot to death while sleeping by her biological father, who then set his house on fire and killed himself during an unsupervised, court-approved visit.

Tragically, Kyra’s story is not unique. Each year, 58,000 children are court-ordered into the custody of a dangerous parent. More than a half million children are to be with a parent who emotionally, physically, or sexually abuses them by family courts.

We honor Kyra’s memory by working to ensure no other child should have the same fate as Kyra and no other family should be impacted by a similar tragedy.

Kyra’s Champions

Kyra’s Champions is a non-profit association [501(c)4] advocating for policy changes that promote and protect children and families at risk of family violence. We need your help and support to ensure our voices are heard and that laws are passed to protect at-risk children.

Children's Bill of Rights

The Kyra Franchetti Foundation recognizes that the struggling family court system is a blunt instrument that too often endangers children, instead of protecting them. To ensure our children always come first, we have created a proposed Children’s Bill of Rights (coming soon).

Kyra’s Law

We advocate for policy changes that promote and protect children and families at risk of family violence. New York Family Court failed Kyra. We want to see changes made in her home state. Our hope is that this becomes model legislation for all 49 states, and even other countries.

Kyra’s case has already inspired four new laws in New York State. One of these laws will bear her name, and will be called “Kyra’s Law.” Our website will be updated as bills are introduced in the coming weeks. Thank you for your support! It means the world to us!

1
at-risk children

are regularly ordered into unsupervised visitation with an abusive parent by state family courts each year

1 %
failure rate

in which family courts are convinced by an abuser that the victimized parent should be denied sole custody

1 %
of child deaths

in the United States are at the hands of a parent

1
children killed

each year, in their own homes, by a family member

Our Work

Protection

Calling attention to this growing problem so we can protect children from being placed in family violence situations

Communication

Changing the conversation, in person and in the media, about family violence to ensure families can have the respect, privacy, and comfort they need and deserve

Education

About how current practices in the divorce and family court system place children in grave danger, and how codifying better policies can keep them safe

Advocacy

Through our 501(c)4 Kyra’s Champions, we advocate for policy changes that promote and protect children and families at risk of family violence

Advocacy

We advocate for policy changes that promote and protect children and families at risk of family violence