Child Rights

Every child should have quality healthcare, a good education, and a safe home and community. But the United States lags behind other nations in protecting these basic rights. America has one of the highest infant mortality rates among developed nations, and the United States leads the world in violence against children and child poverty. Child farmworkers in the U.S. also continue to work in dangerous conditions at very young ages, and the United States is also one of the only nations that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. First Focus is working to educate policymakers about the need for reforms that protect the basic rights of every child in America.

Resources


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


Statement: Final Rule on Children in U.S. Custody Means More Kids in Cages for Indefinite Periods of Time

| August 28, 2019 |

The Trump administration published a final rule on August 23, 2019 to gut national standards for the detention, release and treatment of immigrant children


Press Release: First Focus on Children calls public charge rule “morally reprehensible, economically foolish”

| August 12, 2019 |

Urges Congress to block funding The Trump Administration’s new public charge rule, finalized today despite historic public opposition, imposes sweeping changes on long-standing, bipartisan


Stories of “Lunch-Shaming” Highlight Need for Free School Meals

| May 24, 2019 |

A slew of recent news stories are calling attention to the widespread problem of “lunch-shaming,” the practice of calling attention to, punishing, and stigmatizing


Statement: 5th Child Dies in the Custody of the Federal Government 

| May 20, 2019 |

Today’s tragic news of the death of another child while in the custody of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must deliver


Religion Is No Legitimate Excuse for Denying a Child a Loving Family

| March 1, 2019 |

Every child deserves the opportunity to be raised in a stable and supportive household. For foster children and youth, the evidence is clear that


For Youth in Foster Care, the Road to Driving is a Bumpy Ride

| March 1, 2019 |

The following guest blog was originally published on the Annie E. Casey Foundation site, and has been republished with permission here. Learning to drive


Without Congressional Action for DACA and TPS, Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children will Experience Family Separation

| December 18, 2018 |

Because Congress has neglected to act, the future for more than 800,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program still remains uncertain. In 2016, the Trump


Our Comments on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

| December 7, 2018 |

On December 7, 2018, First Focus submitted comments on the proposed public charge rule. In short, the administration’s public charge rule would lead to


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