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


Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass Additional Relief for Struggling Children and Families

| August 10, 2020 |

Given recent spikes in COVID-19 caseloads, an economic crisis that continues to deepen, and an upcoming school year faced with daunting challenges, it is


Kids & COVID Conversation Series: Understanding Child Abuse During a Pandemic

| July 2, 2020 |

In our first Kids & COVID Conversation, First Focus President Bruce Lesley spoke with a panel of experts on understanding child abuse during the


Statement: Foster care order misses the mark

| July 2, 2020 |

The Administration’s recent Executive Order regarding the child welfare system acknowledges several important shortfalls, but sadly misses the opportunity to make real progress toward


Racism is hurting Black children in schools, hospitals — even child care — and it’s up to adults to protect them

| June 29, 2020 |

This article was originally posted on MarketWatch.com. Racism forces non-white children in the U.S. to pay compounding costs with their well-being. It starts early


Why kids need drug money

| June 16, 2020 |

Kids are at risk of being short-changed, again. Over the next two years, courts are expected to award billions of dollars in drug company


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic


Building a Better America and World for Our Children

| April 21, 2020 |

We are living in a life-changing moment where it is clear that the future will look quite different than we had imagined. We are


The COVID-19 Crisis Is Catastrophic for Children Too

| April 4, 2020 |

This is likely a once-in-a-generation disaster, and it will affect every domain of human life. It will be traumatic. And trauma always falls hardest


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

| April 2, 2020 |

As the spread of the coronavirus has grown, the vulnerabilities within our system have become clear. Children and families living in poverty already lack


Children’s Budget 2019

| September 10, 2019 |

First Focus on Children is proud to introduce the 13th annual release of its signature Children’s Budget publication, a comprehensive analysis of how kids