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  The ABC Coalition Calls on the IRS to Continue the Use of a Simplified Filing Tool for Families to Receive the CTC and Other Critical Benefits

CDF and members of the Automatic Benefit for Children (ABC) coalition recommend that the IRS continue to allow families to file taxes using a simplified filing tool to receive the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and other critical benefits. This tool should be available at the beginning of 2022 and on an ongoing basis. A permanent, simplified filing process is a critical component of a comprehensive strategy to ensure that all eligible families access the CTC, and it reaches the families who need it the most.


  CDF Urges the House to Pass the Build Back Better Act

The Build Back Better Act will boost families’ economic stability and reduce racial inequities in income, housing, education, and health care that harm Black and brown children every day. By passing this critical legislation, we are finally meaningfully investing in our children and families.


  CDF and Other Leading Child Advocacy Organizations Provide Recommendations to Address the Ongoing Child Mental Health Crisis

The Children’s Defense Fund joined other leading child advocacy organizations to highlight the ways in which the pandemic and ongoing racial injustice have worsened child and adolescent mental health and to provide the Senate with recommendations to best meet children and adolescents’ mental health needs.


  CDF Joins Calls to Ensure Legal Counsel for Children and Families Involved in Child Welfare Court Proceedings

All parties in child welfare court proceedings deserve effective legal representation to advocate for their needs, to navigate the complex labyrinth of executive and judicial branch processes, and to amplify their voice as courts make life-altering decisions. We urge the House Committee to include guaranteed legal counsel in CAPTA Reauthorization


  CDF Urges Congress to Address the Housing Affordability Crisis and its Devastating Impact on Children

CDF urges Congress to prioritize robust investments within the Build Back Better Act for housing vouchers, public housing, and the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) because these vital housing programs most directly meet the needs of the poorest and most marginalized children and youth in our country.


  CDF Joins Call to Extend USDA’s Nationwide Waiver Authority to Ensure Child Nutrition Programs Can Continue to Operate

USDA's authority to provide a nationwide waiver, even if it increases program costs, is set to expire on September 30, 2021. We, the undersigned organizations, ask Congress to extend USDA’s nationwide waiver authority to September 30, 2022 to ensure they have the flexibility needed to respond to the pandemic and ensure that the federal child nutrition programs continue to operate and provide healthy snacks and meals to the students who need them.


  The Build Back Better Act’s Child Tax Credit: How the bill gets us one step closer to a true child allowance

In early September, the House Ways and Means Committee approved their portion of the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which includes and extension of the American Rescue Plan Act’s Child Tax Credit (CTC) through 2025. While this proposal falls short of making the program permanent, the plan includes many substantial and important improvements to the CTC. Unfortunately, these improvements are at risk of being weakened as Congress negotiates the Build Back Better package. Congress must not weaken this plan, as these critical changes are necessary to ensure families are able to rely on and benefit from this program for years to come.


  The Ensuring Medicaid Continuity for Children in Foster Care Act of 2021 (S. 2689) Would Lead to Significant Unintended Consequences for Children in the Care of the Child Welfare System

Exempting QRTPs from the IMD exclusion would undermine the goals of Family First, weakening the standards of quality and leading more children to be placed in large-scale institutions, rather than promoting placements with family, as the law intends.


  Use the New, Simplified Child Tax Credit Non-Filer Sign-Up Tool to Get Important Cash and Tax Credits

To help families meet their children’s basic needs, Congress expanded the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for 2021. Families will receive $3,600 per child up to age 5 and $3,00 per child 6 to 17, half of which is paid out in monthly checks. If you haven’t filed taxes recently, you can use the new, simplified CTC Non-Filer Sign Up Tool to sign up.