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First Focus is a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. First Focus leads a comprehensive advocacy strategy, with its hands-on experience with federal policy making and a commitment to seeking policy solutions. First Focus is an organizational member of Child’s World America.

More Must Be Done to Address the Crisis of Maternal and Infant Mortality

The United States continues to be plagued by the tragic effects of maternal and infant mortality, particularly among African-American women and children. According to recent data however, one state has shown that there are...

Food Insecurity Data Underscores Importance of Farm Bill for Children

New data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that the nation’s children continue to experience food insecurity at higher rates than the general population. 12.5 million children—or 17 percent—lived in food insecure...
America Needs Children's Commisioner

Reading the News is a Constant Reminder of Why We Need a National Children’s...

I felt uneasy as I was doing my usual scroll through the daily news last week and read about child sexual abuse, child abuse in government facilities, and the failure of government agencies to...

How a New Rule on Short-Term Health Care Plans Jeopardizes the Health of Children...

Remember the relief and happiness so many Americans felt when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed because finally their health insurance would cover their pre-existing conditions, like asthma and cerebral palsy and cancer? Covering...

Deadline Looms for Reuniting Separated Families

While family reunification efforts due to the Trump administration’s family separation policy are underway, more than one thousand families still face significant hurdles to being reunited with their children. In June, U.S. District Judge Dana...

#FixTheGlitch for Foster Youth

Without Medicaid, a visit to a University Physician may cost me hundreds of dollars because of a legislative glitch. When Congress voted to allow all youth to remain on their parent’s health insurance until...

4 Reasons Why The FAMILY Act Is The Right Paid Leave Option For The...

The United States lags behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to paid family leave. We are the only OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) country that does not provide paid...

Migrant Children in Government Custody Deserve Healthy Meals and Adequate Nutrition

In the wake of the administration’s catastrophic and cruel zero tolerance policy at the southern border, advocates, policymakers and the public are demanding renewed oversight of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities caring for...

Fight for Our Families Protest Showcased Reach of Recent Efforts to End Family Separation

Last Wednesday, before the marches that took place during the weekend of more 750 events with Families Belong Together,  a group of young children, likely no older than 12, led a march in the...

House Bill Tackling Opioid Epidemic Emphasizes Needs of Affected Children

On Friday, June 22, the House of Representatives passed H. R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, by a vote of 396 – 14. This language says that states  “… shall not terminate...

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