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


Better Care for Victims of Child Trafficking

| July 14, 2017 |

Victims of human trafficking tend to be the most vulnerable members of society. Sadly, kids in the child welfare system are especially targeted by


Eliminating Child Labor at Home and Abroad

| June 17, 2017 |

  More than 150 million children around the world are forced into labor. Even in the US, it is legal for children as young


In the News: Texas Tries (Again) to Reboot Its Troubled Child Welfare System

| June 14, 2017 |

First Focus Senior Policy Advisor of Child Welfare and Child Rights Rricha Mathur was quoted on June 13, 2017 in Governing, speaking about a new group


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It


Mother’s Day: Five Things You Can Tell Congress To Do For Kids

| May 11, 2017 |

What better way to honor Mother’s Day than voicing your support for legislation that will strengthen American families and improve children’s health and wellbeing?


Fostering Advocates Arizona Day

| March 31, 2017 |

This was originally published at YouthGoingPlaces.org. During our Fostering Advocates Arizona Day at the Legislature, I spoke on a panel to an audience of lawmakers.


Twitter Chat: Triple Threat to Children’s Health

Event March 15, 2017 |

Mar 15 2017 Ended Twitter Chat: Triple Threat to Children's Health Join First Focus, MomsRising, The Children’s Partnership and the Georgetown Center for Children


Federal Spending on Child Poverty Meager, But Root Causes Must Be Found: Experts Agree

| March 2, 2017 |

YouthToday 3/2/17 By John Holland WASHINGTON — The war on poverty and an array of social welfare measures that followed over the last half-century


The Real Way to ‘Make America Great Again’

| January 23, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. President Donald Trump rarely mentioned children’s issues through much


Congress Should Commit to ‘Do No Harm’ to Children

| January 15, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. The U.S. Senate voted on two amendments by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and