CURRENT ADVOCACY ISSUES

Let your legislators know you stand for healthier families and children. Here are a few ways you can make your voice heard for children and families:

Farm Bill Will Affect the Future of SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) delivers more nutrition assistance to low-income children than any other federal program, making it critical for the health and well-being of America’s children. Two distinctly different Farm Bills are headed to conference committee on September 5 and, depending on which one passes, will affect the future of SNAP in very different ways.

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Proposed Policies Could Cut Foster Care Funding

Newly proposed policies would allow faith-based foster care providers to discriminate against children and families based on their religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure or martial status. With a shortage of foster and adoptive homes, discriminating against willing and fully qualified families because of religious differences deprives vulnerable children of safe and loving homes.

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Two-Generation Strategy Fights Poverty and Opioid Abuse

States are enacting 2Gen policies that have systems and funding working together to support the whole family to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Meanwhile, Congress is working to respond to the opioid crisis. The foundational inclusion of parental voices and focus on equity has been successful, but more needs to be done.

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Family First Act Opens Opportunities for Supportive Housing

Supportive housing helps stabilize families so they can provide safe environments for their children, which improves education, employment and health. The Family First Prevention Services Act gives states the flexibility to use federal funds to expand and enhance time-limited prevention services such as home visitation, supportive housing, etc. 

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Work Requirements Will Affect Vulnerable Families

Three proposed policy changes surrounding stricter work requirements will have a negative affect on vulnerable families. If all three are passed into law, more than a million children will be affected by a loss of basic health care, inadequate food and higher rent on the poorest tenants in federally subsidized housing.

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Opioid Abuse is Sending Children Into Foster Care

Foster care caseloads have been increasing for years, which correlates with the percentage of children removed from their homes due to parental abuse of drugs. Congress recently approved $6 billion in federal resources to fight the opioid crisis; however, it is unclear how those resources will be used.

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Trauma-Informed Care Act Helps Youth Overcome Adversity

Trauma affects a child's brain development, causing emotional, educational and physical health challenges that endanger their potential as a productive adult. A new act seeks to address these issues by identifying those who have experienced trauma and providing immediate support.

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Human Trafficking Laws Need Support

Human trafficking takes many forms, oftentimes right under our noses. It is a $9.8 billion dollar industry in the United States alone, and an estimated 20 to 27 million people are trafficked worldwide for labor or sex. Growing awareness has led to support of victims, yet more is needed to protect the innocent as new bills sit in front of our legislators.

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