Letter in Support of Summer Meals Act

June 25, 2014

Letter in Support of Summer Meals ActFirst Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Senators Gillibrand and Murkowski in support of their new bipartisan legislation, the Summer Meals Act. While many children are able to access the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program there are many barriers that prevent some children from accessing a site in their area. The Summer Meals Act would be an important tool to help reduce child hunger during school breaks and allow more eligible children to access summer sites.

Issa DACA Proposal Letter

June 25, 2014
By Wendy Cervantes

Issa DACA Proposal LetterOn Wednesday, June 25th First Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter to all members of the House of Representatives regarding the misguided, irresponsible, and mean-spirited Dear Colleague letter circulated by Congressman Darrel Issa. The Congressman’s letter proposes to address the issue of an increase of child refugees fleeing terrible and unspeakably violent circumstances and arriving at the Southern Border by eliminating the highly successful and popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.

Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act Endorsement Letter

June 23, 2014
By Wendy Cervantes

Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act Endorsement LetterOn June 23, the First Focus Campaign for Children submitted this letter to Congressman Hakeem Jeffries in support of The Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014 (HR 4936), a bill to ensure that unaccompanied migrant children are appointed legal representation during their immigration hearings.

Child and Youth Homelessness: A Problem of Epic Proportions

By Cara Baldari

Child and Youth Homelessness: A Problem of Epic ProportionsThe dynamic of homelessness has changed in this country. According to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 30 years ago the face of homelessness comprised mostly of single adults. However, due to the recent economic downtown, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of homeless children and youth.

This fact sheet examines how many children are affected by homelessness, causes of child and youth homelessness, its effects, and policy recommendations.