Safety

Keeping our children safe from harm is one our most fundamental responsibilities. But in the United States, preventable injuries are the leading cause of death among children. First Focus advocates for strong policies to protect our kids from injuries, accidents, and poisonings because every child deserves to be safe at home and in their community.

Resources


Getting the Lead Out: Keeping Kids Safe from Lead Pipes

| February 16, 2024 |

Images of Flint Michigan’s water are hard to forget. For months in 2016, residents drank from taps running gasoline-colored liquid and water bottles filled


Issue Brief: Heavy Metals in Baby Food

| November 15, 2023 |

The presence of heavy metals in baby foods is harmful to infant development and can impact a child’s health into adulthood. Recently, the publication


The Danger of Heavy Metals in Baby Foods 

| November 13, 2023 |

What a child eats in infancy — or doesn’t — strongly influences their future health.  Good nutrition promotes proper development and reduces negative health outcomes.


How Congress can reduce economic hardship & stabilize families now

| October 19, 2022 |

We learned recently that improvements to the Child Tax Credit enacted in 2021 through the American Rescue Plan Act nearly cut our child poverty


Statement: Our nation’s children deserve a commitment to change

| May 26, 2022 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, released the following statement in response to the horrific deaths of 19 children and two adults


Watch: Pandemic opportunities — and missteps — in child welfare and youth justice

| March 31, 2022 |

The COVID-19 pandemic offered golden opportunities — and inflicted new missteps — on the country’s child welfare and youth justice systems, experts and advocates


A Healthy Digital Environment for Children Means More than Protection

| August 4, 2021 |

For young people, the digital environment is a modern-day playground or park. It is where they hang out, socialize, and learn. But ask any


Statement: “Best interests of children” must govern policy

| June 3, 2021 |

In response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order to revoke the licenses of facilities serving unaccompanied minors, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley


As vaccine rollout ramps up, kids ask, “what about us?”

| April 22, 2021 |

Last week as I excitedly told my 6- and 3-year-old daughters that my husband and I had been able to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments


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