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Viewpoints and analysis from the CDF Policy team on issues impacting children. CDF’s policy advocacy focuses on the whole child because children don’t come in pieces. We seek to end child poverty and give every child a healthy start, a quality early childhood experience, a level education playing field, safe families and communities free from violence—with special attention to children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.


Block Grant Funding Threatens Medicaid

On July 30th Medicaid turns 54! For more than fifty years, the guarantee of Medicaid has been a lifeline for tens of millions of children, people with disabilities and low-income seniors. Today, it is the largest health insurer for our nation’s children, providing comprehensive, affordable health coverage for more than 1 in 3 children, including nearly half of children with special health care needs.

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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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Employment Discrimination Hurts Children Too

The Children’s Defense Fund is proud to be among the advocacy organizations who today included our voice in a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that uplifts this powerful message: Employment discrimination against LGBTQ people harms children. The brief, submitted by pro bono counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, urges the Court to rule in favor of LGBTQ employees who have confronted workplace discrimination.

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