Southern Regional Office

Children’s Defense Fund envisions a nation committed to equity and justice where children and youth live with dignity, hope, and joy.

Our Focus

Since 1995, Children’s Defense Fund-Southern Regional Office (CDF-SRO) has nurtured partnerships with religious and community groups, children’s advocates, youth leaders, and public officials across the South. Together, we’ve driven legislative changes, supported accessible child care, substantially increased children’s enrollment in healthcare programs, and secured essential student funding. Our collaborative efforts have helped strengthen communities, fostering positive transformations throughout the Southern states.  

Updates from the Southern Regional Office

CDF Beat the Odds Program is Sunsetting

Since 1990, the Beat the Odds program has transformed young lives and emboldened youth on their path into adulthood. We are grateful to all who have supported this program over the years and honored to have played a part in amplifying the strength and talent of our Beat the Odds honorees. While we are retiring the CDF Beat the Odds program and brand, a new program is coming that will provide more robust support for young people and we look forward to your continued support.

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Teenage boy dances and laughs at Harambee.

Share Your Story

Your story matters. Have you or your community been impacted by our programs or advocacy work? We want to hear from you.

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Programs in the Southern Regional Office

Young girl dancing and smiling during Harambee.

Freedom Schools

At CDF Freedom Schools®, we’re not just educating; we’re nurturing lifelong learners and advocates for progress. By empowering the youngest generation, we’re sculpting a brighter tomorrow where we celebrate every young person’s potential, and affirming their impact on the world is profound.

CDF Freedom Schools

Movement Building

Through collaborative action and community-centered initiatives, we seek to reduce child poverty, achieve education equity, improve child well-being, and more. Together, we’re shaping a world where every young person’s journey is marked by dignity, hope, and joy.

Building a Movement for Youth

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Children’s Defense Fund – Southern Regional Office

2659 Livingston Road, Suite 200
Jackson, Mississippi
Phone: (601) 321-1966

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