Child Abuse & Neglect

Preventing child abuse and neglect starts with investing in stronger families. And, when abuse or neglect happens, children need swift but thoughtful action that gives them the best possible chance to grow up in a safe, nurturing home and build successful, adult lives. The choices made by federal policymakers shape state decisions. We work with them to inform and advance the right choices.

Resources


Letter to HHS on Changes to the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s (UAC) Program

| November 30, 2018 |

First Focus sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to express our deep concern with recent policy changes to


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Increase Child Poverty in the United States

| October 23, 2018 |

The strength of our economic future is dependent on the well-being of our nation’s children. Yet child poverty remains high in the United States,


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule is a Disingenuous Attack on Children

| October 18, 2018 |

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a proposed rule on the Federal Register that would drastically change the guidelines for applying to enter


Statement: New Family-Separation Efforts Will Lead to Imprisonment of Children

| October 18, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., October 17, 2018—When it comes to how we treat children, our public policy should be governed by a simple, overriding “best interest


Press Release: Share of Federal Spending on Children Has Decreased 1.7 Percent Since FY 2014

| September 20, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., September 20, 2018—Children received 1.7 percent less of the federal budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 than they did in FY 2014,


Children’s Budget Book 2018 – Messaging and Social Media Kit

| September 19, 2018 |

First Focus is proud to announce the release of Children’s Budget 2018, which captures and analyzes historical funding data and spending trends across a wide


Children’s Budget Summit 2018

| September 19, 2018 |

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Program: 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Capitol Visitor Center : SVC 212-10 Washington, D.C. When it comes


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

| July 2, 2018 |

Last Wednesday, before the marches that took place during the weekend of more 750 events with Families Belong Together, a group of young children,


Statement: Family Separation is Child Abuse

| June 19, 2018 |

In May, the Trump administration issued a zero-tolerance policy for families crossing the U.S. border. According to a recent report, 1,887 new children are


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be