The Foster Children Opportunity Act: Guaranteeing a Bright Future for Foster Youth

By Shadi Houshyar

The Foster Children Opportunity Act: Guaranteeing a Bright Future for Foster YouthThe Foster Children Opportunity Act (H.R. 2036) seeks to ensure that abused and neglected immigrant children have an opportunity to obtain the legal immigrant status to which they are entitled prior to aging out of the foster care system. Introduced by Congressman Beto O’Rourke, the bill amends Title IV of the Social Security Act in order to require states to screen all undocumented immigrant children currently in the child welfare system for eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

First Focus Campaign for Children Supports the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill

July 10, 2013

First Focus Campaign for Children Supports the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations BillOn July 11, 2013, the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a bill providing for the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations. This bill contains the majority of discretionary funding for investments that matter to children. First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to Senate appropriators in support of the legislation.

Testimony - Child Well-Being and the Safety Net

July 3, 2013

Testimony - Child Well-Being and the Safety NetOn June 18, 2013, the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee held a hearing presided over by Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) titled “More Spending, Less Real Help: Reviewing How Today’s Fragmented Welfare System Fails to Lift Up Poor Families.” The hearing focused on the effectiveness of current safety net programs in serving low-income families. The FFCC submitted this statement on the importance of safety net and work support investments for child well-being.

Working Families Tax Relief Act

Working Families Tax Relief ActIntroduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) and Senator Dick Durbin (IL), the Working Families Tax Relief Act (S. 836), would make permanent critical improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that are currently due to expire in 2017. This bill would preserve access to these key credits for 13 million families and 26 million children nationwide.