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Americans Overwhelmingly Support Investments in Children, National Poll Shows

By a 6-to-1 margin, voters agree too little is being spent Americans may be more divided on politics than ever before, but there’s one thing nearly everyone agrees upon: children are our future. Now, a national poll backs up this sentiment with hard data. By a 6-to-1 margin American voters believe the federal government is spending too little on the safety, health, and overall well-being of our children, according to a recent national poll of 1,000 likely voters by Lake Research Partners. The poll showed that Americans across divisions such as race, gender, or political party all consistently support permanently funding programs such as the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Children’s ...Read More

By |July 27, 2022|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Report: Bold policy reforms needed to stop revolving door of juvenile justice

Alarming numbers of girls in Florida are experiencing sexual victimization, interpersonal violence, unaddressed mental health issues, homelessness, and involvement in the juvenile justice system. One in 10 report they have been raped, one in eight do not feel safe in their neighborhoods and one in five has experienced suicidal thoughts. A new report from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center: The Justice for Girls Blueprint: The Way Forward for Florida, offers much-needed reform solutions and scores Florida’s progress on implementing policy and practice changes called for in the 2008 Justice for Girls: Blueprint report, endorsed by 125 stakeholders with vast experience in juvenile justice. Compared to 2008, the majority (66%) of girl-specific ...Read More

By |July 21, 2022|Breaking News, Top Stories, Uncategorized|

Florida Urged to Rejoin Federal Youth Risk Behavior Survey

While Florida’s and the nation’s attention is rightfully focused on the latest school shooting in Texas, we want to also bring wide attention to the formal request for Florida to reconsider its decision to move away from administering the federal Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). In case you missed it, here are some of the latest news articles on this important issue: Orlando Sentinel Tampa Bay Times Florida Politics For the past 30 years, data from YRBS has been used broadly among numerous organizations in developing intervention and prevention strategies that better serve children and families.

By |May 25, 2022|Top Stories|

Kottkamp and Guzman Team with American Children’s Campaign to Rebuild the “Big Tent” for Everyday Children

American Children’s Campaign is bringing together a new multipartisan coalition called TEAM FUTURE, chaired by Florida’s 17th Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp with Latino Leadership Executive Director Marucci Guzmán as Vice-Chair, to generate seamless, best practice-based policies that fix root causes, rather than symptoms, of challenges faced by Florida’s everyday children. Kottkamp points to child welfare improvements such as best interest representation in dependency court, a child marriage ban, expungement of juvenile records and the recently passed Fatherhood Initiative as exceptionally good policy changes in recent years. “But more progress for more children is needed,” he said. “The welfare of our children should be our highest priority in Florida.” The collaboration consists of ...Read More

By |April 21, 2022|Breaking News, Top Stories|

American Children’s Campaign Expands Board of Directors

Central to our commitment to advance equity for all children and families, we are excited to announce three new members have joined our Board of Directors: Diego Corzo, Jilla Tombar and Shelley Katz.   Diego Corzo is a Forbes-featured millennial realtor/investor and TEDx speaker living in Austin, TX; Jilla Tombar is the strategic partnerships officer for the Greater New Orleans Foundation; and Shelley Katz is chief operating officer at Victor Community Support Services/Victor Treatment Centers in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.   “Broadening the diversity of our board is critical for American Children’s Campaign to continue staying abreast of challenges faced by everyday children and families,” stated Leon Russell, chair of ...Read More

By |March 2, 2022|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Update on Florida Child Sex Trafficking

The Good and Not-So-Good News About Florida's Anti-Trafficking Response. First, the good news: Florida leads the nation in a comprehensive approach to addressing child sex trafficking, according to the latest annual scorecard by Shared Hope International and the Institute for Justice and Advocacy. The not-so-good news? Florida only scored a C. In addition, 40 out of 50 states received an F grade and 10 states received a D. When Shared Hope International began releasing its annual state report card ten years ago, it created a legal framework to challenge states to enact comprehensive responses to address child sex trafficking. The latest report card assesses not just criminal provisions, but also the identification ...Read More

By |February 26, 2022|Breaking News, Top Stories|