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Advocates Support House Children’s Health Insurance Program Bill

July 31, 2014

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, reacted to today’s introduction by Congressman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to extend funding for the bipartisan federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The bill would extend federal CHIP funding for four years. Unless Congress acts first, CHIP funding will end on October 1, 2015.

Don’t Rush Kids Back to Danger, Advocates Urge

July 31, 2014

Washington – The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on legislation (H.R. 5230) rolling back protections against child trafficking, shortcutting procedural protections intended to ensure that child refugees have an opportunity to assert claims for protection, expanding and extending the detention of children in facilities that cannot ensure their health, safety, and development, and denying them legal representation.

Homeless Children Could Get Help Under Bipartisan Bill

July 24, 2014

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2014
Contacts:
Ed Walz, First Focus Campaign for Children, 202-657-0685
Darla Bardine, National Network for Youth, 202-783-7949
Barbara Duffield, NAEHCY, 202-364-7392
Ruth White, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, 202-270-7336
Diane Milan, Covenant House, 212-613-0300

Washington – Advocates for children today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles that deny federal assistance to nearly one million homeless children.

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Children Are Watching

April 11, 2014

Children Are WatchingCapitol Hill was blanketed this Spring with ads urging Congress to protect Medicare HMOs. Our web ad uses humor to remind Congress that children's health faces real threats too. It ran on The Hill's Healthwatch blog in mid-April 2014.

Champions for Children 2013

December 11, 2013

Champions for Children 2013The First Focus Campaign for Children recognized the 2013 Champions for Children and Defenders of Children on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 in The Hill newspaper.

Little DREAMers Have Big Dreams

June 5, 2013

Little DREAMers Have Big DreamsThis ad appeared in the special children's issues insert of The Hill's June 5, 2013, edition. On the eve of Senate floor consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, it urges support for an amendment to give all children access to a five-year citizenship path.

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First Focus Campaign for Children Champions Efforts to Diminish Family Homelessness

July 31, 2013

By Radiah Shabazz

The severity of America’s homeless epidemic is one that is often misunderstood and overlooked. Across the country, homelessness continues to plague communities, with an unprecedented increase in the number of children and families finding themselves without stable living conditions. Though there has been increasing attention to this issue much has been done in efforts to combat the rise of homelessness as an epidemic in America, there is still room to increase awareness, gather support, and offer solutions on how to end child and family homelessness.

Homeless But Not Hopeless: Students Redefine What It Means To Be Homeless

June 19, 2013
By Brianna Gross

Thirteen students sat in a circle around a conference table. They all looked like typical, mature college students. Well dressed, well-spoken, and confident, you would never have guessed that they all had experienced homelessness, and some of them are still facing it today.

Bill Attempts to Ban Seclusion and Restraint

June 18, 2013
By Brianna Gross

What would you do if your child came home covered in bruises and cuts, maybe even a tooth knocked out? Oh, that’s a normal day for my child, you think, roughhousing on the playground, kids will be kids, that sort of thing. But what if you found out that those injuries were inflicted by a teacher?

How about if you found out that your child missed history, math, and English class because she was locked in a room alone for three hours, with no bathroom breaks, no surveillance, and no supervision?