Children’s Budget 2015 brings bad news: fewer investments in kids

By Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus The federal government makes more than 200 distinct investments in children. These include traditional children’s initiatives like education and child abuse and neglect prevention. They also include other investments that improve the lives of kids, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). Every year, First Focus…

Join us: Creating an Opportunity Agenda for America

You’re in the fight every day, but on September 30, we invite you to join us and other state, local, and national level human services professionals and advocates to talk poverty and collective impact! Let’s create a vision for opportunity in America that encompasses the work we do. While over 52 million Americans are actively…

Cardboard Stories: Rethink Homelessness

How many of you walked by a ‪‎homeless person this morning? The video below challenges you to rethink your assumptions about their lives. One of the National Human Services Assembly’s members, the National Network for Youth, is committed to advocating at the federal level to educate the public and policymakers about the needs of homeless and disconnected youth. They are a…

Join the National Call In Day for Juvenile Justice Funding Today!

From SparkAction. View the original post here. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will be making federal funding decisions for critical juvenile justice programs. Please call your Senator today!  Enter your Zip Code to get the phone number and talking points. Urge your Senator to support funding for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act…

Child Welfare’s Million Dollar Problem

Reblogged from CWLA at childrensmonitor.wordpress.com. Subscribe to their blog for more updates.  There is essentially an unwritten rule for child welfare programs in Washington, D.C.: expanded funding must be “paid for” through cuts to other areas of the budget—usually child welfare itself.  This has been true even in times of budget surplus. On Tuesday, April 29…

8 States Will Shield More Than 1 Million from SNAP Cuts

As of today, 8 states have decided to protect their vulnerable families from food-stamp cuts that were passed by Congress in February, and it is drawing the ire of members of the House. Rep. John Boehner has said, “States have found way to cheat, once again, on signing people up for food stamps… And so…

A Glimmer of Hope on the Budget Horizon

Earlier this week Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced a budget deal that would, remarkably, provide a short-term era of budget stability in the nation’s capital for the first time in three years. While the deal is small and has some unattractive qualities, such as lower take-home pay for federal workers…