International Children's Policy

While First Focus on Children has historically focused on domestic funding — we now recognize that Congress sends a significant amount of funding abroad every year to engage in diplomacy and advance American interests, including the well-being of children. Known as “foreign assistance,” this aid is given by the United States to other countries “…to support global peace, security, and development efforts, and provide humanitarian relief during times of crisis.” Our budget reflects our values, and it should do so both inside and outside of our borders by prioritizing children in federal budgeting decisions.

Resources


Vital Programs Protecting and Saving Children from HIV/AIDS Will Expire September 30th Absent Immediate Congressional Action

| September 25, 2023 |

Mary (not her real name) was just a girl of eight when her mother fell ill. So ill that her mom no longer had


Kids and Covid: A Conversation on Global Impacts

Event April 21, 2022 |

Apr 21 2022 Ended Kids and Covid: A Conversation on Global Impacts


Joint Letter: Presidential Proclamation Request for World Children’s Day

| October 21, 2022 |

First Focus on Children — and over 30 other organizations working to improve the lives of children — sent the following letter to President


Tracking Investments for Children Internationally: A tutorial on navigating ForeignAssistance.gov

Event October 12, 2022 |

Oct 12 2022 Ended Tracking Investments for Children Internationally: A tutorial on navigating ForeignAssistance.gov


Watch: Experts say children struggled with orphanhood, other impacts internationally

| May 2, 2022 |

Nearly 52 million children around the world have been documented with childhood COVID and more than 7 million have lost a caregiver to the pandemic.  In our KCC


Fact Sheet: COVID’s impact on children globally

| April 21, 2022 |

Nearly 52 million children around the world have been documented with childhood COVID and more than 7 million have lost a caregiver to the


WATCH: Infectious disease expert says new malaria vaccine could save 25,000 kids’ lives

| October 13, 2021 |

On October 6, 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) announced the endorsement of the first malaria vaccine for children. In response to the announcement, First


Administration’s approach to gender-based violence needs to consider children

| July 9, 2021 |

President Biden recently announced the United States’ commitments to the Generation Equality Forum, a global initiative to achieve equality and opportunity for women and


State Department must do more to make foreign assistance for children transparent

| May 26, 2021 |

In Children’s Budget 2020, First Focus on Children sought to identify and categorize — for the first time — how much of the U.S.


Biden Administration to send much-needed Disaster Response Team to Central America

| April 8, 2021 |

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that it will activate a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs