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Recent News

Statement: End to settlement talks betrays migrant children

| December 17, 2021 |

In response to the news that the Biden Administration has ceased negotiations to financially compensate families separated at the border, First Focus on Children President

Statement: CDC vaccine approval opens doors to our school-age children

| November 2, 2021 |

In response to tonight’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, First

Statement: White House plan key to getting shots in little arms

| October 26, 2021 |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccines advisory committee today recommended the authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11. In

White House move prioritizes children’s health and well-being with plan for vaccine

| October 21, 2021 |

First Focus on Children has long advocated for a plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible children. We are pleased that the Biden Administration has

Statement: Malaria vaccine will save thousands of children’s lives

| October 6, 2021 |

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the endorsement of the first malaria vaccine for children. In response to the announcement, First Focus on

Statement: We condemn the mistreatment of Haitian children and families

| September 22, 2021 |

In response to the treatment of Haitian migrants gathered on the U.S. southern border, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley issued the following statement: 

Health insurance for children drops for fourth year in a row

| September 14, 2021 |

Data released today show the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose in 2020 for the fourth year in a row as the coronavirus

Child poverty soars during pandemic, but aid to families blunted the impact

| September 14, 2021 |

The child poverty rate climbed above 16% in 2020 — a more than 10% increase over 2019 — according to figures released today, but stimulus

70 organizations protest Texas order that endangers immigrant children

| August 30, 2021 |

Gov. Abbott’s order takes effect tomorrow WASHINGTON, August 30, 2021 — Seventy organizations from Texas and around the country have urged Governor Greg Abbott to withdraw

Statement: SNAP increase will strengthen food security for 15.8 million children

| August 16, 2021 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, made the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s revision of the USDA’s Thrifty Food