Fact Sheet

The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014

The Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 5186/S. 2653) will help over one million homeless children and youth lead safer, healthier lives and have a better chance for a brighter future. And it will make government work better, by ensuring that the federal government’s response to homelessness is based on an honest and accurate understanding of the problem, and by empowering those closest to the problem to design and implement the best local response. This fact sheet details the problems facing homeless children...

Threat to the Child Tax Credit

This fact sheet explains the harmful impacts of HR 4935, a bill that would modify Child Tax Credit eligibility, including a requirement that parents file with a Social Security number. This change would restrict eligibility for millions of children living in low-income immigrant families.

Harms of Rolling Back TVPRA Protections for Unaccompanied Children

This fact sheet outlines the harmful implications of rolling back protections for vulnerable migrant children from non-contiguous countries under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Read about the harms of rolling back protections for vulnerable migrant children under #TVPRA | http://bit.ly/1Rm6nee | @Campaign4Kids Tweet this now.

CHIP is Critical for the Future of Children's Health

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has played a critical role in reducing the numbers of uninsured children in America. But unless Congress acts, CHIP funding will drop by 70 percent in 2015.This paper and discusses how CHIP fits into today's health care system, focusing on why CHIP continues to be an essential source of coverage for kids. It also underscores the consequences for children's health of the coming CHIP funding crisis and why protecting the future of children's health means continued funding for CHIP.

Protect the Child Tax Credit

A recent proposal by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) would deny the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit, known as the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), to children who lack a Social Security number, the majority of whom live in low-income immigrant families. This change could harm little DREAMers who are growing up in the U.S., being educated in American schools, and comprise a critical segment of the futureU.S. workforce.

Census Releases Latest 2012 Data on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage

Every September the U.S. Census Bureau releases new data on the latest poverty and health insurance coverage rates. In recent years these releases have come with few surprises when it comes to America's children. Consistent with last year's Census report, child poverty remains high while more children have health insurance thanks to Medicaid and CHIP. This fact sheet highlights important data from the report.

The Foster Children Opportunity Act: Guaranteeing a Bright Future for Foster Youth

The Foster Children Opportunity Act (H.R. 2036) seeks to ensure that abused and neglected immigrant children have an opportunity to obtain the legal immigrant status to which they are entitled prior to aging out of the foster care system. Introduced by Congressman Beto O’Rourke, the bill amends Title IV of the Social Security Act in order to require states to screen all undocumented immigrant children currently in the child welfare system for eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). SIJS allows undocumented children who are under 21 years old and...

Working Families Tax Relief Act

Introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) and Senator Dick Durbin (IL), the Working Families Tax Relief Act (S. 836), would make permanent critical improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that are currently due to expire in 2017. This bill would preserve access to these key credits for 13 million families and 26 million children nationwide.

Little DREAMers Amendment

Senate immigration reform legislation (S. 744) provides a five-year path to citizenship for youth who entered the U.S. prior to age 16, graduated from high school or earned a GED, and earned a college diploma, attended two years of college, or spent four years in the military. The bill’s educational requirements effectively deny children access to the DREAM path to citizenship, if they are too young to graduate from high school. Instead, those children must follow the path to citizenship established by the bill for adults, which could mean...

Senate Immigration Floor Amendments At-a-Glance

The First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) is committed to advocating for passage of immigration reform that addresses the specific needs and interests of children. As the Senate continues deliberation of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), FFCC will be working to defend the provisions in the bill that keep families together and promote children’s well-being, defend against attacks on children and families, and support amendments that will improve outcomes for children. The following is a list of amendments that FFCC has determined could benefit...