Take Action on the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017

Child poverty in the U.S. remains high, with nearly 1 in 5 children living below the poverty line in 2015. Children continue to disproportionately experience poverty in our society and are 69 percent more likely to experience poverty than adults. Furthermore, poverty is a particularly serious problem for children, who suffer negative effects for the rest of their lives after living in poverty for even a short time.

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:

First Focus Campaign for Children

Children’s Advocacy Institute

Children’s HealthWatch

Children’s Home Society 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)

RESULTS

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Treatment Communities of America

 

State Endorsers:

Arkansas

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

United Way of the Ouachitas, Hot Springs

 

California

Clinica Sierra Vista

GRACE

Western Center on Law and Poverty

 

Colorado

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights

 

Delaware

Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families

 

District of Columbia

RESULTS DC

 

Indiana

United Way of LaPorte County

 

Iowa

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

 

Kentucky

Covering Kentucky and Families

 

Louisiana

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Pastoral Center

 

Maine

Families and Children Together

 

Maryland

Public Justice Center (Maryland)

 

Massachusetts

Community Action Agency of Somerville

 

Michigan

Michigan League of Public Policy

 

Nebraska

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

 

Oregon

Rose Community Development

 

Pennsylvania

Family Service Association of Bucks County

PathWays PA

Pennsylvania Council of Churches

 

Texas

Voices for Children of San Antonio

 

Washington

Partners for our Children

 

Wisconsin

Kids Forward

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice