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250+ Advocates to Congress: Help Homeless Kids

September 18, 2014

Washington – More than 250 advocates for children and the homeless today sent a letter to Capitol Hill, endorsing bipartisan legislation to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles that deny federal assistance to nearly one million homeless children. The letter, sent to the congressional sponsors of the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HR 5186 in the United States House of Representatives and S 2653 in the U.S.

250+ Advocates to Congress: Help Homeless Kids

September 15, 2014

Washington — More than 250 advocates for children and the homeless today sent a letter to Capitol Hill, endorsing bipartisan legislation to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles that deny federal assistance to nearly one million homeless children. The letter, sent to the congressional sponsors of the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HR 5186 in the United States House of Representatives and S 2653 in the U.S.

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.

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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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Strengthening our Mental Health System: The Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act

June 4, 2013
By Shadi Houshyar

140455507.jpgEvents including the recent tragedy in Newtown have brought a sense of urgency and visibility to the need to improve and strengthen the mental health care
system for our nation’s children and youth. In response to Newtown, the Administration took on the charge of developing a comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence in America – including improving services for the mentally

“Half in Ten Act” Makes Poverty Reduction a Priority

May 24, 2013
By Fish Stark, First Focus Intern Associate

Today, more than one in five children in the United States live in poverty—one of the highest child poverty levels in twenty years. Not only that, but one in ten children are in families that live on less than half of the national poverty level, on just $11,000 per year for a family of four.

How Did Children Fare in the SJC Immigration Reform Markup?

May 23, 2013
By Wendy Cervantes

This past Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) voted to advance the immigration reform bill (S.744) onto the Senate floor, representing a historic step forward for immigrant children and families. The committee considered numerous amendments over a period of five days, and the First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) determined that many amendments had the potential to positively or negatively affect children and families.