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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.


CDF Supports Legislation to End Harmful School Discipline and Promote Supportive School Climates

All children need access to high-quality and equitable educational opportunities without fear of discrimination or criminalization. CDF is proud to endorse these proposals to protect students from harmful policies and encourage schools to shift their priorities from criminalization to care for students.

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The Eviction Moratorium Expires on July 31, Here’s How to Find Rental Assistance

If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs—or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation—use the new CFPB tool to identify the state and local programs near you that are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance.

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Upcoming Webinar: Ensuring Families Receive the Child Tax Credit

Please join the Automatic Benefit for Children (ABC) Coalition, co-chaired by the Children’s Defense Fund and Center for the Study of Social Policy, on July 27th, from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. ET for a webinar titled “Ensuring Families Receive the Child Tax Credit: Innovative Outreach Strategies and Removing Barriers for Families to Sign Up.”

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The Biden Administration Must Advance Policies to Support LGBTQ+ Children and Adults in the Child Welfare System

As many as one in three children in foster care identify as LGBTQ+, and same-sex couples are seven times more likely to foster or adopt than their opposite-sex counterparts. Still, LGBTQ+ children and families, particularly LGBTQ+ children and families of color, disproportionately experience negative treatment in the child welfare system. CDF was proud submit comments detailing actions the administration could take to improve services for LGBTQ+ children and families in the child welfare system.

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Inequity Starts the Day a Child is Born

This crisis must be treated with urgency and as a matter of racial and economic justice. President Biden and Congress can and must respond by making the Child Tax Credit permanent with critical improvements so that Black, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and immigrant children — who are too often excluded from support services — can receive the benefit. If we are truly committed to racial justice and systemic equality, the choice is clear.

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