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The Children’s Defense Fund has always believed that “children do not come in pieces” and that children need comprehensive, integrated supports and services from birth through adulthood.
How does America achieve this goal with the existing fragmented education and health and human services systems? A new Harvard Education Press book, Improving the Odds for America’s Children: Future Directions in Policy and Practice, diagnoses current obstacles to progress and promotes key recommendations for child and family policy going forward.
Hillary Rodham Clinton says of the new book: “This important collection of ideas about how to improve the odds for America’s children should be required reading for policy makers across the country.” Order the book today.
Watch Marian Wright Edelman’s response to unarmed Black men and boys being killed by police officers with impunity.
Sequoia Canada remembers her mother making an offer to exchange her for drugs. She listened to her instincts, ran and ended up in the foster care system for six years. Watch her Beat the Odds story.
Marian Wright Edelman, President of Children’s Defense Fund, Statement and Video Remarks in the Wake of Grand Jury Decisions in Ferguson and New York
December 9, 2014, Children's Defense Fund
Statement from Marian Wright Edelman, President of Children’s Defense Fund Responding to Grand Jury Decision in the Eric Garner Case in New York
December 4, 2014, Children's Defense Fund
National Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Administration to Release Strong Gainful Employment Rule
October 29, 2014, Children's Defense Fund