Letter to Senate HELP Committee Supporting the Strong Start for America's Children Act

May 13, 2014
By Kevin Lindsey

Letter to Senate HELP Committee Supporting the Strong Start for America's Children ActThis letter, sent to members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on May 13, 2014, urges them to vote to pass the Strong Start for America’s Children Act (S. 1697) out of committee with no significant changes. The letter outlines the numerous ways the bill would benefit children, why the federal government should invest in early education now, and important provisions of the legislation that should remain unchanged.

At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act Letter

May 8, 2014
By Rricha Mathur

At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act LetterThe At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act would ensure that that program eligibility for youth enrolled in a Medicaid program prior to incarceration is not terminated upon entering a residential facility. This bill proposes “suspending” coverage so that upon release, eligibility benefits can be restored to youth. 70% of youth in the juvenile system suffer from a mental disorder and have a higher than average rate of substance abuse. It is vital that they have access to healthcare upon release to reduce their chance of recidivism.

Letter to Congress on the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act

May 8, 2014

Letter to Congress on the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools ActFirst Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter to all offices in the House of Representatives on May 8th, 2014, in advance of floor consideration of the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R.10). While we are encouraged to see the bipartisan work in the House of Representatives on behalf of children, this bill can be greatly improved to improve educational outcomes for children.

Foster Care Sex Trafficking Legislation Support Letter

May 2, 2014
By Rricha Mathur

Foster Care Sex Trafficking Legislation Support LetterThis letter was sent to Congressman Dave Reichert’s office in support of his Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act (H.R. 4058). The bill offers provisions for identification and screening of youth who come into contact with child welfare programs, collecting better data on foster youth, bolstering supports for foster families, and providing documents for youth leaving the child welfare system.