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Ted Cruz is Right

March 27, 2014
By Ed Walz

I don’t often agree with Senator Ted Cruz, which is why I didn’t rush to watch his CPAC address. But when I heard he’d led off by challenging the audience to stand on principle, I decided to watch the video. I’m glad I did, because from the perspective of children’s advocacy communications, Ted Cruz is right.

Some housekeeping details first. No, I don’t agree that the President is siphoning hope out of America. And no, I don’t think Senator Bob Dole and Senator John McCain are empty suits.

In a Divided Congress, Bipartisan Vote Shows Senators Working together for Children

March 18, 2014
By Kevin Lindsey

Last week, the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S.1086), sponsored by Senators Burr (R-NC), Mikulski (D-MD), Alexander (R-TN) and Harkin (D-IA), with an overwhelmingly positive 96-2 vote. This act of bipartisanship, which has become rare in the 113th Congress, reveals what is possible when policymakers work together in the best interest of children.

The Washington State Legislature Should Mandate Counsel for Children

February 3, 2014
By Cara Baldari

Currently pending in the Washington State Legislature is legislation that would made a significant stride towards improving the rights of Washington’s most vulnerable children.

SHB 1285/SB 6126 would mandate legal representation for all children involved in the child welfare system that can no longer be reunited with their families.

First Focus Campaign for Children’s Top 20 Resources: Fighting for Children in 2013

January 6, 2014
By Bruce Lesley

Looking back over our work in 2013, First Focus Campaign for Children created a number of resources for child advocates, policymakers, the media, and the public highlighting both the challenges and opportunities that confronted children throughout the year.

The following is a list of our top downloaded 2013 resources relating in children’s policy at the federal level: