Family Stability and Economic Mobility
We’re dedicated to ensuring every young person starts their journey from a stable and nurturing home. Whether through birth, kinship, foster, or adoptive families, we believe in providing a solid foundation. Our mission is to equip children and youth to exceed the achievements of the generations before them.
Family stability is important. Families face unprecedented challenges, highlighting the urgent need for accessible education and stable living conditions.
have more children and youth in foster care now than a decade ago
1 in 45
public school children
Our Policy Path
Our mission is to advocate for policies that empower families and uplift communities. We focus on key areas to create positive change:
Child Welfare: We advocate for policies that prevent unnecessary separation of Black and Brown families, ensuring poverty alone does not lead to child welfare system involvement.
Economic Equity: We support the transition from a $15 federal minimum wage to comprehensive living wages and advocate for gender pay equity.
Asset Building: We work towards closing the racial wealth gap by promoting initiatives that provide affordable housing options and pathways to homeownership.
Income Support: CDF emphasizes expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit at both federal and state levels while closing tax loopholes, enhancing resources for essential social safety nets.
Education: We campaign for canceling Student Loan Debt, alleviating financial burdens on families and supporting higher education accessibility.
Ten years ago this year, Ramesh Raghavan and Anna Alexandrova published research on child development in a scholarly article entitled, Toward a Theory of Child Well-Being. In the article, they document historical conceptualizations of child well-being, a policy history of the notion of child well-being, methods, and implications for measuring well-being, and–after reviewing several theories–posit one for adoption in the field. …
“We must ensure our students attend schools that are safe, supportive, and fully funded.”…
Nearly 45 days ago, Members of Congress waited until the last minute to temporarily fund the government and prevent a shutdown. …
It is a busy time for Children’s Defense Fund! Last week, we kicked off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of our founding. We rejoiced with a Celebration of Joy at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.…