Racial Equity

Since 2012, the majority of babies born in America have been of color, and today, the majority of children living in the United States are of color, yet racial disparities persist in outcomes for children, particularly in health, education, and poverty. First Focus on Children is committed to ensuring that every child in America has the same opportunity to grow and thrive, regardless of race or ethnicity. Through our focus on racial equity, we seek to develop and advocate for policies that address structural racism and promote equitable outcomes for all of our nation’s children.


The Child Welfare and Racial Equity (CWARE) Collaborative

| December 1, 2022 |

The Child Welfare and Racial Equity (CWARE) Collaborative brings together more than a dozen organizations dedicated to transforming the child welfare system. Under the

SCOTUS could scuttle “gold standard” in child welfare

| November 9, 2022 |

Indian Child Welfare Act prioritizes family reunification   The case before the U.S. Supreme Court today challenging a 1978 law governing the welfare of Native

Undoing the Racist Legacy of Cash Assistance in the South: Reimagining TANF Using the “Black Women Best” Framework

| August 31, 2022 |

This paper is part of First Focus on Children’s upcoming series Big Ideas 2022: The American South Forward This report was written before the

What’s at stake for kids if Congress doesn’t pass Build Back Better

| December 22, 2021 |

As negotiations have stalled and the fate of the Build Back Better Act hangs in the balance, children stand to lose access to monthly

What’s next for the largest unvaxxed population (kids)?

| August 25, 2021 |

Like many of you, we have been watching in dismay as children’s health is politicized by adults. Just as kids begin to head back

Letter: Create a plan for getting children of all ages vaccinated against COVID-19

| August 19, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joseph Biden, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, and the White House

Letter: The first — and next — 100 days

| May 4, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on the achievements of their

This is Our Moment — an announcement.

| April 15, 2021 |

I firmly believe that this is our moment. I don’t need to explain to any of you how bad things have been — this past

Statement: Democracy, Voting Rights, and Our Youngest Citizens

| April 13, 2021 |

In response to laws passed by several U.S. states, Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, issued the following statement: “In any democracy,

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