Policy Priorities

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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.

  • Access for Infants and Mothers
    The AIM Program is low-cost health coverage for pregnant women. It has been designed for middle-income families who don’t have health insurance and whose income is too high to qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal. AIM is also available to those who have health insurance if their deductible or co-payment for maternity services is more than $500. If you qualify for AIM, your baby is automatically eligible for enrollment in the Healthy Families Program unless your infant is enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance or no-cost full scope Medi-Cal.
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles
    AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to: improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Advocacy Network (AYAN)
    The purpose of AYAN is to create a "single voice" for the unmet needs of the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) youth in San Francisco. Partnering with 17 local community organizations and community leaders, AYAN is finding solutions to the Education, Juvenile Justice and Behavorial Health issues facing API youth and their families.
  • Bridge to Benefits (Montana)
    Montana Bridge to Benefits is the product of a partnership between Rural Dynamics Incorporated and the Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota. Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota focused on improving the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.
  • California Juvenile Life Without Parole Act
    California Juvenile Life Without Parole Act is a movement to eliminate the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole in California. The Juvenile Life without Parole Reform Act recognizes that all young people, even those serving life sentences, have the capacity to change for the better and should have access to the rehabilitative tools to do so.
  • California Kids
    CaliforniaKids is a non-profit organization that is supported by contributions from businesses, foundations, and individuals. Through these partnerships, the cost of the program is subsidized.
  • California State Juvenile Officers' Association
    California State Juvenile Officers' Association is dedicated to safeguarding our youth for the future. Our Association is composed of practitioners from all areas of the juvenile justice system: Law Enforcement, Probation, Parole, Corrections, Judiciary, Social Services and Schools, as well as members from the community at large. CSJOA is devoted to promoting high standards, modern methods and advanced procedures within the field of juvenile justice
  • California Suicide and Hotline Crisis
    Suide Prevention resources and related help (24 hours a day)
  • Californians for Justice
    Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of communities that have been pushed to the margins of the political process. They organize youth, immigrants, low-income people and communities of color in order to improve their social, economic and political conditions.
  • Coleman Center for Children and Youth
    Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth works to improve the lives of San Francisco’s children, youth, and families for over 30 years.They are a successfull a member-driven, community-based organization of working families, youth, advocates and service providers.
  • Community Health Councils, Inc.
    Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit community-based health promotion, advocacy and policy organization. CHC was established in 1992 in response to the growing healthcare crisis. Their mission is to improve health and increase access to quality healthcare for uninsured, under-resourced and underserved populations
  • Crystal Stairs
    Helping a parent find child care, training child care providers on how to nurture and educate young children, helping parents and providers bridge the affordability gap with child care subsidies
  • Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
    The Department of Fair Employment and Housing is the largest state civil rights agency in the country. It was established by the Legislature in 1959 as the Division of Fair Employment Practices and was initially part of the Department of Industrial Relations.
  • Department of Health Care Services
    The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is a department within the California Health and Human Services Agency.  DHCS’ mission is to preserve and improve the health status of all Californians.  DHCS works closely with health care professionals, county governments and health plans to provide a health care safety net for California’s low-income and persons with disabilities.
  • Ella Baker Center
    The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. Based in Oakland, California, we promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration through our four cutting-edge campaigns.
  • Healthy Families
    The Healthy Families Program is low-cost insurance that provides health, dental and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance today and do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal.
  • Institute for Health Policy Solutions California
    Working to achieve health care coverage for all California families through policy and program innovation, technical assistance, applied research and best practice dissemination.
  • Los Angeles Leadership Academy
    The Los Angeles Leadership Academy prepares urban secondary students to succeed in college or on chosen career paths, to live fulfilling, self-directed lives, and to be effective in creating a just and humane world.
  • Medical Board of California
    The mission of the Medical Board is to protect healthcare consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied healthcare professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and, to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.
  • National Alliance for Hispanic Health
    Our goal is to improve health for all by using the Hispanic experience as a way to design a better system for health prevention and care. Activities: consumer and provider education, community programs, technology resources, help lines, teen theatre, policy development, advocacy, and research.
  • Para Los Niños
    Para Los Ninos is a nonproft family resource organization designed to bring children from some of Los Angeles' most challenging communities out of poverty and on to brighter more successful futures.
  • Prison Law Office
    The Prison Law Office strives to improve the living conditions of California state prisoners by providing free legal services.
  • The Center for Young Women's Development (CYWD)
    The Center for Young Women's Development is one of the first non-profits in the United States run and led entirely by young women. From the beginning, they have organized young women who were the most marginalized in San Francisco—those in the street economies and the juvenile justice system—to design and deliver peer-to-peer education and support.
  • Youth Justice Coalition/Free L.A.
    Youth Justice Coalitions is led by people most affected by the criminalization of young people, poor people, communities of color and immigrants.