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Opioid Epidemic Leads to Foster Care Crisis in Many States

| December 28, 2016 |

RT 12/28/16 Across the United States, the opioid epidemic isn’t just affecting addicts. It’s hurting their children, who are going into an increasingly beleaguered


Left Behind: Trump’s Immigration Plans Could Spur Uptick in Foster Care Numbers

| December 19, 2016 |

Chronicle of Social Change 12/19/16 By Beth Cortez-Neavel President-elect Donald Trump made clear in a recent interview that he plans to deport between two and three million


Children Need Us Now, More Than Ever

| November 21, 2016 |

Child’s World America 11/10/16 By Bruce Lesley In focus groups in Des Moines, Iowa, and Las Vegas, Nevada, a few years ago, voters were


Trump Presidency Could Reshape Policies for Children and Youth

| November 9, 2016 |

Youth Today 11/9/16 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s presidential victory could significantly reshape policies for youth and families during the next four years. During the


Kids in the Presidential Campaigns: How the Front-runners Stack Up on Children’s Issues

| October 7, 2016 |

YouthToday By Allen Fennewald 9/7/16 James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, sent a letter Wednesday to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC


Lawmakers: Make TANF Work for Children

| September 26, 2016 |

Youth Today 9/21/16 The verdict is out: 20 years later, the only federal cash assistance program for low-income families desperately needs an overhaul. In


Interest on National Debt Projected to Outpace Funding for Kids, New Report Shows

| September 20, 2016 |

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2016 Contact: Meg Biallas, (202) 657-0664 Washington – A report released today by the nonprofit research organization Urban Institute


Medicaid Per Capita Caps: A Terrible Twist on a Bad Idea

| September 18, 2016 |

Huffington Post By Bruce Lesley 9/18/16 For 35 years now, Medicaid has had to fend off repeated efforts to slash its funding by converting


Lack of Progress on Child Poverty Reduction Prompts the Formation of New National Coalition

| September 13, 2016 |

Washington – Amid alarming new Census data showing that nearly one in five children live below the federal poverty line, a coalition of national


Urban Institute, First Focus, unveil Kids’ Share 2016 findings Sept. 20

| September 8, 2016 |

Washington – The social and economic policy think tank Urban Institute and non-partisan children’s advocacy group First Focus will unveil the results of Kids’