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:

2019 Federal Budget Includes Wins for Children and Families

Several important provisions affecting child and family welfare were signed into law in late December 2019 as part of the federal omnibus appropriations bill.

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MO Medicaid Decline Sparks Deep Concern

More than 118,000 Missouri children and parents lost Medicaid coverage between January 2018 and June 2019, 87% of whom still met income eligibility requirements.

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What the Latest Report on the U.S. Child Population Shows

The KIDS COUNT Data Book reports how America’s child population and the American childhood experience have changed — both for the better and for the worse — and what we can do about it.

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2019 Legislative Session Results

Learn about our wins and losses during the 2019 legislative session. 

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Legislation Aims to Assist Families with Diaper Needs

Recognizing that 1 in 3 families experience diaper need, a new act calls for the creation of a $100 million program to distribute free diapers to ease the financial burden on low-income families and communities. 

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Recommendations to Improve the KS Child Welfare System

The Child Welfare System Task Force was created in 2017 to determine improvements to the Kansas Child Welfare System. Concluding its work in December 2018, the task force has 23 recommendations.

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Two-Generation Strategy Fights Poverty and Opioid Abuse

2Gen policies have systems and funding working together to support the whole family to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The inclusion of parental voices has been successful, but more needs to be done.

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Family First Act Opens Opportunities for Supportive Housing

A new act lets states use federal funds for prevention services such as home visitation and supportive housing, which helps stabilize families so they can provide safe environments for their children.  

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