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What We Do

How we’re working to give every child what they need to thrive and become successful adults.

Advance Policies

We advocate for policies that will make a difference in our children’s future.

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Serve Children

We lead programs to serve and empower children, families and communities.

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Inspire Activism

We provide tools and information for the public to join us in advocating for a better future for today’s children.

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What We Do

We’re working to give every child what they need to thrive and reach their full potential.

Advance Policies

We advocate for policies that will make a difference in our children’s future.

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Serve Children

We lead programs to serve and empower children, families and communities.

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Inspire Activism

We provide tools and information for the public to join us in advocating for a better future for today’s children.

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News & Views

Legislation and policies may change, but our mission never does. Read our most recent press releases to learn the latest.

  • Impending Raids Are an Assault on Our Immigrant Families

    We hate that we need to say this again, but we’ll say it again: We are horrified by and condemn the Trump administration’s imminent plans to conduct mass deportation roundups of immigrant families, which will do real and lasting harm to countless children.

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  • Ending discrimination in the child welfare system

    In January of this year, against the backdrop of a dramatic shortage of foster and adoptive homes, the Department of Health and Human Services granted a waiver to South Carolina allowing agencies there to discriminate against people applying to be foster and adoptive parents on the basis of religion.

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  • America, We Need to Talk. It’s About Poverty.

    Too often, when a politician takes center stage, poverty doesn’t. During the 2016 election, none of the 26 presidential debates focused on poverty. In fact, it’s been more than 30 years since presidential candidates were asked how they would address child poverty on a debate stage. An entire generation of children has grown up in poverty while our leaders have remained silent.

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News & Views

Legislation and policies may change, but our mission never does. Read our most recent press releases to learn the latest.

  • Impending Raids Are an Assault on Our Immigrant Families

    We hate that we need to say this again, but we’ll say it again: We are horrified by and condemn the Trump administration’s imminent plans to conduct mass deportation roundups of immigrant families, which will do real and lasting harm to countless children.

    Read More...
  • Ending discrimination in the child welfare system

    In January of this year, against the backdrop of a dramatic shortage of foster and adoptive homes, the Department of Health and Human Services granted a waiver to South Carolina allowing agencies there to discriminate against people applying to be foster and adoptive parents on the basis of religion.

    Read More...
  • America, We Need to Talk. It’s About Poverty.

    Too often, when a politician takes center stage, poverty doesn’t. During the 2016 election, none of the 26 presidential debates focused on poverty. In fact, it’s been more than 30 years since presidential candidates were asked how they would address child poverty on a debate stage. An entire generation of children has grown up in poverty while our leaders have remained silent.

    Read More...
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CDF Freedom Schools ®

More than 150,000 children have experienced our transformative literacy and cultural enrichment program. Join the CDF Freedom Schools® movement.

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Share Your Story

We want to hear about your personal challenges, how you’ve made an impact or about your CDF experience.

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Proctor Institute 2019

Learn about our annual event for child advocates to build skills and share success stories.

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Small Boats & Wide Seas

Ever wonder about the story behind CDF’s iconic logo? Learn about the famous prayer and illustration including its discovery, implementation, and evolution.

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