Child Rights

Every child should have quality healthcare, a good education, and a safe home and community. But the United States lags behind other nations in protecting these basic rights. America has one of the highest infant mortality rates among developed nations, and the United States leads the world in violence against children and child poverty. Child farmworkers in the U.S. also continue to work in dangerous conditions at very young ages, and the United States is also one of the only nations that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. First Focus is working to educate policymakers about the need for reforms that protect the basic rights of every child in America.

Resources


Foster Youth Going Places

| June 19, 2017 |

By Kristen Torres Learning to drive is a rite of passage to young adulthood for millions of youth. It brings new levels of independence


Campaign for Children Applauds Rep. Danny Davis for Introducing Foster Youth Driving Act (HR 2512)

| June 1, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Rep. Danny Davis (IL-7) in support of his introduction of the Foster Youth Driving Act


New House Healthcare Bill Would Harm Medicaid, and Thereby, Child Health Coverage

| March 7, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the American Health Care Act by Republican leadership in


Recommendations for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

| February 8, 2017 |

Over the course of the next four years, 16 million children will be born in this country and they deserve to be met with


Child Advocates Release Recommendations for Trump’s First 100 Days

| February 8, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 8, 2017 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Amid sweeping changes by the incoming Trump Administration, First Focus Campaign for Children has issued its


Youth Advocates Share Hopes for First 100 Days

| January 9, 2017 |

YouthToday 1/9/17 By Molly McCluskey WASHINGTON — Candidate Donald Trump offered little insight into his prospective policies surrounding youth and families, and President-Elect Trump


Advocates Call on New Administration to Set a Child Poverty Target in 2017

| December 22, 2016 |

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 22, 2016 Contact: Meg Biallas, (202) 657-0664 megb@firstfocus.org Washington – A coalition of child advocates is calling on the


Who are the Real Champions for Children?

| December 22, 2016 |

The Hill 12/21/16 By Bruce Lesley In “Senators owe vulnerable kids real debate, floor votes” by John Kelly and Daniel Heimpel (Dec. 14), they correctly highlight


Legislation with Mental Health Reforms, Opioid Prevention Funding Heads to Senate

| December 1, 2016 |

YouthToday 12/1/2016 A major medical innovation bill that could help children and families with mental health reforms and funding to fight opioid addiction is


New Housing Data Misses the Mark on Family Homelessness

| October 26, 2016 |

Washington – Advocates for homeless children and youth say the annual estimate of homelessness in the United States released yesterday by the Department of