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.


More than ever, we need Champions for Children — these are policymakers meeting the moment

| February 4, 2021 |

Our nation’s children face multiple challenges to their well-being stemming from years of a declining share of federal investments in their future, the COVID-19

Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| November 19, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it is compounding them, and so

2020 State Ratings Report on Human Rights Protections for Children in the U.S. Justice System

| November 5, 2020 |

The advocacy organization Human Rights for Kids released its 2020 National State Ratings Report this week. The first-of-its-kind report evaluates how all 50 states

New Research Supports Investing in the Needs of Young People in Foster Care During the Pandemic

| October 21, 2020 |

Adulting is hard, but for the 20,000 youth who “age out” of foster care each year, suddenly required to be self-sufficient, it is downright

2020 Children’s Budget Summit: Lawmakers and educators discuss continued decline in children’s share of federal spending

| September 30, 2020 |

This year has delivered an unprecedented public health emergency and an economic crisis that has disrupted every facet of the lives of children and

Children’s Budget 2020

| September 29, 2020 |

About Children’s Budget 20202: First Focus on Children is proud to introduce the 14th annual release of its signature Children’s Budget publication. While the

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 |

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