Rricha Mathur Senior Policy Advisor, Child Welfare and Child Rights; Assistant Director, SPARC

Rricha Mathur is the Senior Policy Advisor, Child Welfare and Child Rights. Prior to joining First Focus Campaign for Children, Rricha interned at the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty working specifically on alleviating youth homelessness, enforcing provisions of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and organizing information on constructive alternatives to criminalizing homeless. She also interned as a Law Clerk for Legal Services Corporation working on regulatory analysis and other general counsel duties. In addition, Rricha provided direct legal representation to low-income individuals in child custody cases and unemployment compensation hearings, and continues to volunteer in legal clinics in the D.C. Area.

Rricha holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California-Davis, and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Resources by Rricha Mathur


Letter: The National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act

| April 21, 2017 |

On April 20, 2017, the First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to U.S. Representative Jared Huffman thanking him for his support of


Letter: The Timely Mental Health Act

| April 21, 2017 |

On April 20, 2017, the First Focus Campaign for Children submitted a letter to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt thanking him for his support of The


240+ Advocates to Congress: Preserve the Medicaid to 26 Provision

| February 17, 2017 |

In a letter sent to Congress this week, more than 240 organizations expressed their support to ensure that youth who age out of foster care


Fact Sheet: Family First Prevention Services Act

| June 27, 2016 |

The Family First Prevention Services Act is a bipartisan bill that reforms many of the federal child welfare financing mechanisms to help better support


Legislation to prevent kids from entering foster care moves in the House

| June 17, 2016 |

Wednesday the House Ways and Means Committee marked up and passed the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016. The bill marks a major


Children’s Bill of Rights

| October 6, 2015 |

Currently, the United States does not have a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of the child. As a result, the essential needs of


Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Protecting Victims of Trafficking

| February 25, 2015 |

“When I was arrested by law enforcement for prostitution, I was made to feel like a criminal, like a juvenile delinquent. I felt stupid,


Commission on Native Children Act Endorsement

| September 22, 2014 |

On September 22, 2014, the First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter of support for The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission


Tribal Adoption Parity Act Endorsement

| August 14, 2014 |

On August 13, 2014, First Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter to Representative Kilmer in support of the Tribal Adoption Parity Act. This legislation ensures that adoptive parents receives the same tax credit for adopting Native American children with special needs that other adoptive parents receive when they adopt children from state foster care programs.


Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act Endorsement

| August 14, 2014 |

On August 13, 2014, First Focus Campaign for Children sent letters to Representative Braley and Senator Casey in support of the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (HR 2144). This bill allows families who adopt to receive a tax refund instead of a tax credit so that more low income and middle class families can receive benefits when they adopt children.