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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.

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...

House TANF Bill Does Not Go Far Enough in Reducing Child Poverty

Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee passed the Joining Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act (H.R. 5861), which reauthorizes the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for five...

The Greatest Investment in Our Pediatric Workforce Needs Support

The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the Children’s Hospital Graduate Education Program (CHGME) this week. This vital program trains physicians who are on the front lines of treating our nation’s...

This Foster Care Month, Pass Laws to Improve the Lives of Foster Children

May is National Foster Care Month. Last week President Trump issued a statement in support of this recognition and expressed gratitude for the thousands of families who generously open their homes to children and...
Boost Oral Health

A New Effort to Boost Children’s Oral Health and Family Success

While you might not think about your oral health until you suffer from dental pain, tooth decay remains the most chronic condition among children nationwide. It can hurt a child’s ability to eat, sleep,...

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