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Save the Children Supports the Reintroduction of the Central American Women and Children Protection Act
Save the Children fully supports the reintroduction of the bipartisan Central American Women and Children Protection Act, which passed the House in September, and will be reintroduced in the Senate at the end of the month. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), would protect women and children in the Northern Triangle from domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and neglect. The legislation would hold perpetrators accountable for their actions, which is an important step in addressing violence against women, a significant driver of migration.
Save the Children Calls Upon Biden Administration to Immediately End Deportation Flights to Haiti and Treat Asylum-Seeking Children and Families Legally, with Dignity and Respect
Save the Children is deeply disappointed by the Biden administration’s response to the recent influx of Haitian asylum-seekers, particularly the decision to employ Title 42 to deport thousands of Haitian asylum-seekers – many of whom are families and children – despite the worsening humanitarian crisis in Haiti. Not only are Haitian asylum-seeking families and children being rapidly expelled on daily deportation flights, but there have been multiple reports of asylum-seekers being treated inhumanely upon their arrival into the U.S.
After Decades of Underinvestment, Save the Children Commends Historic Early Education and Child Nutrition Funding in Draft Version of Build Back Better Act
“We’re thrilled with the prioritization of kids and families in the current draft of the Build Back Better Act. The impact this once-in-a-generation opportunity would have on children and families cannot be overstated. Millions more children would have access to high quality early childhood education and go to bed nourished. Millions more parents – particularly women – could enter or re-enter the workforce. And, countless immigrant families wouldn’t face potential deportation and separation from their American children,” said Janti Soeripto, Save the Children President and CEO and Save the Children Action Network Board Chair. “It’s imperative that our legislators take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity and ensure the current provisions for kids and families remain in the final package that gets signed into law. Only then can we begin to build back better and stronger than ever.”
There is so much in the news today screaming out for our attention that it’s easy to overlook a program known as the Build Back Better Plan originally introduced by President Joe Biden as the “American Families Plan.” While this plan may seem less dramatic than other news stories it has important implications for the long-term health of our country and its families, parents and children.
In the U.S., many of our most vulnerable depend on WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. While WIC is essential to those who use it, only about half of those eligible for it benefit because it requires in-person visits to sign-up locations, doesn’t allow for online shopping or delivery, and ends before many children start kindergarten and become eligible for school meal programs.
In the United States, grandparents care for one in four children under the age of five. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shuttered — perhaps permanently — countless child care centers, we know this number has grown. Many parents are left with no other option than to ask their own parents for help.
A new national poll by Save the Children Action Network found 87% of voters support providing enough federal assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak to make sure child care providers can pay their bills.
Deborah Merrill DePaoli is the South Carolina State Manager for Save the Children Action Network (SCAN). This winter, she spoke with Erin Live on the Air about SCAN's work to help children in the U.S. and around the world survive and thrive.
Many families in the U.S. live in child care deserts -- areas where it is nearly impossible to access quality care for their children. We must urge Congress to fix this and #Care4ChildCare.
Child mortality rates have fallen by more than half, from 12.7 million under-5 deaths in 1990, to 5.6 million in 2016. U.S. leadership and foreign assistance played instrumental roles in this achievement, saving the lives of millions of children around the world.
SCAN crafted this prospectus to help 2018 midterm election candidates of both parties amplify an agenda for early childhood, to help kids survive and thrive.
This report higlights Save the Children Action Network's efforts as the political voice for kids in 2016.