Juvenile Justice

Involvement with the criminal justice system puts youth’s futures at risk, with adverse impacts on young people’s mental and physical well-being, education, and employment opportunities. Federal government can help young people before and after their first brush with the law to avoid deepening involvement with the justice system. First Focus advocates for investments in meeting the health, education, employment opportunity, and other needs essential to turning young people’s lives around.

Resources


Champions for Children 2017

| July 19, 2018 |

Our nation’s children face an array of problems, including poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, hunger, poor nutrition, education inequity, homelessness, lack of health coverage, infant and


Members of Congress Who Advanced Children’s Issues Recognized by First Focus Campaign for Children

| July 19, 2018 |

Contact: Simona Combi, 202-657-0679, simonac@firstfocus.org July 19, 2018, Washington, D.C.—In a year marked by partisanship, several Members of Congress stood out as Champions and


Social Media Kit: 2017 Champions for Children Scorecard

| July 19, 2018 |

First Focus Campaign for Children released its 2017 Champions Scorecard. In an attempt to recognize the lawmakers in the First Session of the 115th Congress


Letter to Senate in Support of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2017

| November 6, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the Chairperson and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the


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


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


Campaign for Children Praises House Passage of Family First Act

| June 22, 2016 |

Washington – By voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass the Family First Prevention Services Act (HR.5456), a bipartisan bill


Esty named ‘Defender of Children’ by advocacy group

| October 30, 2015 |

Danbury News-Times By Rob Ryster U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is among 50 lawmakers recognized by an advocacy group as a “Defender of Children.” The group First Focus