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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.

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.

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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Crediting Children and Families

December 3, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are tax credits designed to support low income working families and help them meet their children’s basic needs. At the end of 2012, these tax credits require Congressional action to continue in their current forms and face changes that could have devastating effects on the millions of children who currently receive them.

Tweeting the Debates

November 14, 2012
By Melissa Dishart, Ed Walz

Boy Holding a MegaphoneWe had a good experience this fall with a social media engagement tactic, and we thought it might be helpful to share some observations for those interested in similar efforts.

America’s Report Card 2012 Series: Conclusion

November 2, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

Five issue areas that affect the well-being of children are graded in America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.: Economic Security, Early Childhood, K-12 Education, Permanency & Stability, and Health & Safety. To conclude this blog series we need to think about what we can do to raise these grades.