Juvenile Justice

Involvement with the criminal justice system puts youth’s futures at risk, with adverse impacts on young people’s mental and physical well-being, education, and employment opportunities. Federal government can help young people before and after their first brush with the law to avoid deepening involvement with the justice system. First Focus advocates for investments in meeting the health, education, employment opportunity, and other needs essential to turning young people’s lives around.

Resources


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


Report Release: Kids’ Share 2016

Event September 20, 2016 |

Is Spending on Children Part of the Public Conversation? A Discussion of Kids’ Share 2016 Results Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch will be


Briefing: Children’s Right to Counsel

Event September 12, 2016 |

Please join the American Bar Association, Children’s Advocacy Institute, First Focus, National Association of Counsel for Children, and the National Juvenile Defender Center for


Skilled Digital Media Strategist Meg Biallas Joins First Focus

| July 14, 2016 |

Washington – Bringing more than eight years of experience in digital media strategy and development, former RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) Online


Children’s Budget 2016

| July 7, 2016 |

Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s programs has


As Children Face Uncertain Future, Federal Budget Book Analyzes Expenditures on Kids

| July 7, 2016 |

Washington – Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s


New York Times Columnist Charles Blow to Discuss Child Poverty at 2016 Children’s Budget Summit

| June 28, 2016 |

Washington – New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Charles Blow will talk about the intersection of child poverty and race at the 2016


Children’s Budget Summit 2016: Place, Race, and Economy – Closing the Gap for Kids

Event July 07, 2016 |

Join national and state children’s advocates, Congressional staff, members of the public, and keynote speaker and award-winning journalist Charles Blow for the 2016 Children’s


More coordination needed between child welfare and juvenile justice systems

| May 19, 2016 |

By Mattilyn H. Karst Of the 415,000 youth in foster care in America, half have been arrested at least once and a third have


Black girls matter, and we’re failing them

| March 29, 2016 |

“How can Black girls learn the kind of assertiveness that will make them future leaders, when they aren’t even allowed space to be human,