Take Action on the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017

Child poverty in the U.S. remains high, with 17.5 percent of children living below the poverty line in 2017. Children continue to disproportionately experience poverty in our society and are 62 percent more likely to experience poverty than adults.  While children make up 22.7 percent of our population, they account for 32.3 percent of the population living in poverty.

Experiencing poverty, even for a short time, can negative effect children for the rest of their lives.

Beyond consequences for individual children, child poverty negatively affects the entire nation through increased expenditures on criminal justice and healthcare and through lost revenue and economic output. Yet there remains a lack of awareness and government accountability to address the significant problem of child poverty, and proposed solutions are too often politicized and fall along partisan lines.


About the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017

The Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017 (S.1630 / H.R.3381) introduced by Sens. Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown, and Tammy Baldwin and Reps. Barbara Lee, Danny Davis, Gerald Connolly, and Lucille Roybal-Allard, would establish a national target to reduce the number of children living in poverty in America by half in ten years and eliminating child poverty in twenty years, as well as institute a process to identify the most effective interventions to meet this target.


Take Action

Please join the First Focus Campaign for Children and our partners (see full list below) in urging your Member of Congress to support and cosponsor the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017 so that children can experience the best start in life.

Click here to add your organization’s support.

If you are an individual, click here to send a letter to your elected official.


Additional Resources:


National Endorsers:

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

First Focus Campaign for Children

Children’s Advocacy Institute

Children’s HealthWatch

Children’s Home Society of America

Child Welfare League of America

Family Focused Treatment Association

Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research

Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice

Global Justice Institute Metropolitan Community Churches


Leadership Conference of Women Religious

National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health

National Association for Counsel for Children

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association of Counties

National Center on Adoption and Permanency

National Diaper Bank Network

National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

National WIC Association

Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians)


Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Treatment Communities of America


State Endorsers:


Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

United Way of the Ouachitas, Hot Springs



Clinica Sierra Vista


Western Center on Law and Poverty



Colorado African American Drug Policy Coalition

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights



Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families


District of Columbia




United Way of LaPorte County



Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa



Covering Kentucky and Families



Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Pastoral Center



Families and Children Together



Public Justice Center (Maryland)



Community Action Agency of Somerville



Michigan League of Public Policy



Voices for Children in Nebraska


New Jersey

New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies


New Mexico

New Mexico Pediatric Society


New York

The Children’s Agenda

Monroe Plan



Rose Community Development



Family Service Association of Bucks County

PathWays PA

Pennsylvania Council of Churches



Voices for Children of San Antonio



Voices for Vermont’s Children



Partners for our Children



Kids Forward

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice