Policy Priorities

Policy Priorities image of kids


Creating a level playing field for all children is a mission that CDF cannot accomplish alone. We often work with or refer people to many other organizations nationwide who are working to improve the lives of children. A list of some of them is below.

  • Bridge to Benefits (Minnesota)
    Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.
  • Children and Family Research Center (CFRC)
    CFRC is an independent research organization dedicated to supporting and conducting research that contributes to keeping children safe, assuring permanent homes for children, and supporting child and family well-being. Partnered with the School of Social Work by the University of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the university-agency partnership advances the safety, family permanence, and well-being of Illinois children.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Reclaiming Futures
    Reclaiming Futures helps young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. In 2001, with a $21 million investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10 founding communities located throughout the United States began reinventing the way police, courts, detention facilities, treatment providers, and the community work together to meet this urgent need.