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.
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.
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If you are an individual, click here to send a letter to your elected official.
First Focus Campaign for Children
Children’s Advocacy Institute
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
HEAR US, Inc.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
National Association for Counsel for Children
National Center on Adoption and Permanency
National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives
Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians)
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Treatment Communities of America
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 Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies
New Mexico Pediatric Society
The Children’s Agenda
Rose Community Development
Family Service Association of Bucks County
Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Voices for Children of San Antonio
Voices for Vermont’s Children
Partners for our Children
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice