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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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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.

  • New Analysis from CDF: Increase Chafee Funds to Protect and Support Foster Care Youth

    To date, Congress has failed to provide older youth from foster care with relief amid the pandemic. Surveys show that the majority of these youth who have lost jobs have not received the increased unemployment insurance provided in the CARES Act and most have not received stimulus payments. Still, there have been no federal funds dedicated to meet their pressing needs. CDF, and our other child welfare partners, urge Congress to provide $500 million in emergency funding to the John H. Chafee Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood to help stabilize these youth.

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  • The Urgent Need for the Senate to Take Action: Children and Families Need Cash Now

    Our children and families cannot afford to wait. Children’s lives have been upended by this pandemic – from their education, to their health, to growing hunger and homelessness. The Senate must take up an additional round of pandemic relief legislation immediately and include robust direct cash assistance to ensure that every family, especially families of color, can make ends meet during this crisis and beyond.

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  • The Urgent Need to Extend Unemployment Insurance & Fight for Racial Justice

    It’s now up to the Senate to strengthen and enhance UI in additional COVID-19 legislation, yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he wants to hit “pause” on any negotiations. Children and families don’t have time to wait. As unemployment soars in communities of color and UI claims climb, we see how persistent racial disparities in employment, wages, income, and poverty all make Black and Latinx families particularly vulnerable. There can be no “pause” on lifesaving assistance for our most vulnerable.

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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.

  • New Analysis from CDF: Increase Chafee Funds to Protect and Support Foster Care Youth

    To date, Congress has failed to provide older youth from foster care with relief amid the pandemic. Surveys show that the majority of these youth who have lost jobs have not received the increased unemployment insurance provided in the CARES Act and most have not received stimulus payments. Still, there have been no federal funds dedicated to meet their pressing needs. CDF, and our other child welfare partners, urge Congress to provide $500 million in emergency funding to the John H. Chafee Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood to help stabilize these youth.

    Read More...
  • The Urgent Need for the Senate to Take Action: Children and Families Need Cash Now

    Our children and families cannot afford to wait. Children’s lives have been upended by this pandemic – from their education, to their health, to growing hunger and homelessness. The Senate must take up an additional round of pandemic relief legislation immediately and include robust direct cash assistance to ensure that every family, especially families of color, can make ends meet during this crisis and beyond.

    Read More...
  • The Urgent Need to Extend Unemployment Insurance & Fight for Racial Justice

    It’s now up to the Senate to strengthen and enhance UI in additional COVID-19 legislation, yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he wants to hit “pause” on any negotiations. Children and families don’t have time to wait. As unemployment soars in communities of color and UI claims climb, we see how persistent racial disparities in employment, wages, income, and poverty all make Black and Latinx families particularly vulnerable. There can be no “pause” on lifesaving assistance for our most vulnerable.

    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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