Rehoming Comments for Senate HELP Hearing

July 25, 2014
By Rricha Mathur

Rehoming Comments for Senate HELP HearingOn July 25th, the First Focus Campaign for Children submitted this statement to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee commenting on a hearing entitled “Falling Through the Cracks: The Challenges of Prevention and Identification in Child Trafficking and Private Re-Homing.”

The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014

The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014The Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 5186/S. 2653) will help over one million homeless children and youth lead safer, healthier lives and have a better chance for a brighter future. And it will make government work better, by ensuring that the federal government’s response to homelessness is based on an honest and accurate understanding of the problem, and by empowering those closest to the problem to design and implement the best local response. This fact sheet details the problems facing homeless children and their solutions.

Threat to the Child Tax Credit

By Wendy Cervantes

Threat to the Child Tax CreditThis fact sheet explains the harmful impacts of HR 4935, a bill that would modify Child Tax Credit eligibility, including a requirement that parents file with a Social Security number. This change would restrict eligibility for millions of children living in low-income immigrant families.

Letter Opposing Child Tax Credit Restriction

July 24, 2014
By Kevin Lindsey, Wendy Cervantes

Letter Opposing Child Tax Credit RestrictionFirst Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on July 24, 2014 urging a no vote on H.R.4935, the Child Tax Credit (CTC) Improvement Act. This bill would take the CTC away from 5.5 million children, including 4.5 million citizen children, who have immigrant parents that file their taxes with an IRS-issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. With child poverty at a 20-year high, the letter urges Congress to take proactive steps to reduce child poverty instead of taking this proven poverty reduction method away from millions of children.