- 05/07/08 - Photo
Marian Wright Edelman and grandparents and grandchildren from all over the country came to the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2008 National GrandRally. The GrandRally is an historic gathering of grandparents and other relative caregivers from across the country that brings attention to the needs of children and kinship care families.
- 04/09/08 - Photo
Photos from CDF American Idol's Idol Give Back watch parties in April 2008. CDF is thrilled to be an official Idol Gives Back 2008 beneficiary. During the special broadcast of American Idol, on April 9, that raised awareness and benefited select U.S. and international charities, CDF Board Member Reese Witherspoon highlighted CDF's work for children.
- 10/25/07 - Photo
Five high school students from the Washington, D.C. metro area received college scholarships at a reception in their honor as a part of CDF's Beat the Odds program. The Beat the Odds scholarship program was started by CDF in 1990 to affirm the success of young people who are overcoming tremendous obstacles in their lives while working hard, demonstrating academic excellence, and giving back to their communities.
- 10/23/07 - Photo
Photos from CDF's national Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Summit at Howard University, September 25-26, 2007 to address the nationwide crisis and its devastating impact on children, youth and their families, particularly within the Black and Latino communities. CDF’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign is a national call to action to stop the funneling of tens of thousands of youth, predominantly minorities, down life paths that often lead to arrest, conviction, incarceration and, in some cases, death.
- 09/27/07 - Video
Highlights from the CDF Freedom Schools program. CDF Freedom Schools program provides critical summer and after-school enrichment through a model curriculum that supports children and familiesaround five essential components: high quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutrition, health and mental health.
- 07/18/07 - Photo
On July 18, 2007, CDF Freedom Schools sites across the country participated in the CDF Freedom Schools National Day of Social Action. The social action and civic engagement component of the CDF Freedom Schools model teaches youth to engage in community service and social justice advocacy.
- 06/17/07 - Video
"Valencia and her three children, 12-year-old Kevin, 16-year-old Monica and 18-year-old Pedro are still adjusting to life in Texas after relocating because of Hurricane Katrina. As if getting used to a new life in a new city wasn’t enough to deal with, after emergency Medicaid ended for evacuee families, Valencia found it difficult to access health care for the children, and they lost their coverage. It took more than a year for the coverage issues to be resolved. During the year that the children were uninsured, they were in desperate need of help. Valencia thought that the children were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but without insurance she was unable to get them evaluated for counseling or treatment. Her oldest child, Pedro, suffered episodes of depression and dropped out of school because the stress was too much. Sixteen-year-old Monica also went without treatment for her sickle cell anemia. The situation was traumatic for Valencia, who is disabled and provides for her family on a fixed income. Finally, their coverage has been restored, and Valencia is able to get her children much needed health care. "
- 06/17/07 - Video
Devante was a 13-year-old boy with advanced cancer of the kidneys who went without any health coverage for four months while his mother attempted to renew his Medicaid coverage. After struggling courageously against his cancer, on March 1, 2007, Devante died at the age of 14 from complications of the disease.
- 06/17/07 - Video
"The Bostic Family had been on and off Ohio’s Medicaid program for more than six years, ever since the father was in a serious car accident. After breaking his back and permanently damaging his sciatic nerve, Marc Bostic lost his job, and because of his injuries and limited mobility, his employment record has been erratic. Taking care of their four children on a limited income has been difficult for Marc and Patti Bostic, especially when it comes to health care. They were covered by Medicaid, but each time they had to reapply, some bureaucratic snag would interrupt their coverage. And even when the children were covered, the parents often had tremendous difficulty in getting prescriptions for them. Elizabeth, who requires medication for her allergies; Michael, who needs medicine for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Tourette Syndrome; and Steffie, who requires medication to regulate her periods, all have had to go without the prescriptions that could significantly help or alleviate their conditions. After using up all of their savings, the family was recently forced to sell their home and move in with Patti’s sister. No one in the family has had health insurance since July 2006, so the children haven’t seen a pediatrician for a year. Marc and Patti have had to seek out clinics where the two youngest children can get immunization shots, and without his medication, Michael is acting out in school and having difficulty keeping up with his studies. Marc must pay $150 out-of-pocket each month for his pain medication. Patti recently started a new job but her company has a six-month probation period, so she won’t be eligible to enroll herself and her children in their insurance plan for another three months. Until then, they will have to remain uninsured and hope that no one gets seriously sick or hurt, because her salary is too high for them to qualify for Medicaid."
- 06/17/07 - Video
Marc Bostic, a father of four, tells his story of how difficult it is to get and keep health insurance for his children.