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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.

Separating Children From Their Families Is Cruel and Un-American

An 18-month-old toddler is currently being held in San Antonio while the mother is 120 miles away in an immigration detention center. A mother seeking asylum from the Republic of Congo was sent to...

Why Medicaid Matters: Adopting a Child With Special Health Care Needs

In a continuing series on the personal impact that recent legislative and administrative proposals to restructure or severely reduce Medicaid health care will have upon vulnerable children and families, this segment focuses on Medicaid...

It’s Time to End Child Poverty —Here’s How

A new report out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that the cost of child poverty to the U.S. economy was a whopping $1.3 trillion in 2015, which amounts to 5.4 percent...

The Serious Danger of Administrative Attacks Upon Medicaid

While 2017 saw multiple legislative assaults upon the Affordable Care Act, and long-standing health care for highly vulnerable people through the Medicaid Program, these efforts were stopped by Congressional Democrats and a handful of...

The House Farm Bill Draft Would Make It Harder for Families to Put Food...

Yesterday, the House Agriculture committee introduced its draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. This major legislation authorizes the nation’s largest federal food assistance program—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is the first line...

The March for Our Lives: From Sea to Shining Sea

This is part two of First Focus’ March for Our Lives series. Check out part one. History was made this past Saturday as millions marched in cities around the world, standing in solidarity to prevent more...

How the Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census Would Harm Children

The U.S. Constitution requires an accurate count of the nation’s population every 10 years, which is critical to establishing equal government representation and identifying where to allocate federal spending and resources for millions of...

The March for Our Lives: Not a Moment, A Movement

This is part one of our series on the March for Our Lives. Stay tuned for part two (Now Available here). This weekend, more than 500,000 people mobilized in Washington, D.C., to attend the March...

The New Children’s Crusade

It was May 1963. The Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, nicknamed “Bombingham,” Alabama for its violent explosions against protesters, began to wane after the arrest of Martin Luther King failed to attract new adult...
Seen and Heard

Children Must Be Seen and Heard

Children have a right to be protected from harm. This includes the right to be protected from being physically abused, sexually abused, neglected, or killed. And yet, as a nation, we are failing to do...

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