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This year's Step Up for Kids Day will be September 23rd.

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We Can Do Better

Too many children die as a result of child abuse and neglect. Find out how the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths is working to solve this problem.

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We believe that greater investments in children’s well-being are essential to keep America competitive and to meet our moral obligation to future generations. Help us keep children a priority.

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September 17, 2014 

NWLC gender analysis of U.S. Census poverty data

Today, NWLC released a detailed gender analysis of U.S. Census poverty, income, and health insurance data. Some highlights from the analysis, as well as blog posts and social media resources, are below.

This information and more is available at

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September 15, 2014 

Make Oregon kids an election year priority

Kids don't have a powerful voice in politics, but public leaders are making decisions everyday that impact whether or not they will get a fair shot to succeed. As the November 4 election approaches, it will be up to Oregon voters to tell the candidates running for office that our kids matter.

Today we are launching the Oregon Kids' Election Center to help make our children's future a voting priority this year. The site offers a district-by-district look at how families are faring, plus tools you can use to call on candidates and elected officials to support real opportunities for Oregon's children and families. 

Our prosperity in the next twenty years rests on the children who just entered kindergarten. Whether they learn their letters and numbers this year, develop at a healthy rate, graduate from high school on time, and go on to future success depends on decisions made in this year's election and next year's Legislative Session. Our high rate of child poverty, however, means that one in every four Oregon children is already facing an uncertain future.

When our state priorities leave so many children behind, close doors to human potential, and block the pathways that strengthen our economic engine, those decisions have a lasting impact on our state. Visit the Oregon Kids' Election Center to learn how you can be a voice and a vote for kids.

August 13, 2014 

They Are Children

From a piece by Bruce Lesley for The Huffington Post.

Children are "fleeing for their lives," according to journalist Sonia Navario, who has investigated the root causes, circumstances, and plight of vulnerable migrants who have been traveling -- often by themselves at enormous risk -- to the United States and other countries throughout the Americas from the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

In the case of Cristian, an 11 year-old boy from Honduras that Navario interviewed in Honduras, his father was murdered in March by gangs, he witnessed the murder of three people who defied the narco-cartels that control much of the countryside, and a girl his age "resisted being robbed of $5. She was clubbed over the head and dragged off by two men who cut a hole in her throat, stuffed her panties in it, and left her body in a ravine across the street from Cristian's house."

In the case of Andrea, she was 13 years old when she was raped and forced into prostitution by the drug cartels in Honduras. Two years later, she managed to escape and fled to the United States for the United States two years and is now seeking humanitarian relief.

Cristian and Andrea are just two of the thousands of children in Central America who are fleeing their Central American homes and neighborhoods from such extreme violence. In fact, Honduras' homicide rate of 90.4 per 100,000 is the highest in the world - by a wide margin. The prevalence of drug cartels and gang violence and penetration in the country puts its murder rate at almost double the next most dangerous countries in the world, which include Guatemala and El Salvador.

In response, some of our political leaders have said they simply cannot imagine sending their children on an extremely dangerous journey to the United States and question the choices these families and children are making to come here.

But, that is precisely the point. Politicians cannot imagine it because these children are fleeing violence, rape, and fear that are unfathomable to us. These children are not leaving their home countries to make a perilous journey across hostile territory to the United States simply in search of a better job. They are children. And, as Sonia Navario says, many of them are "fleeing for their lives."

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August 11, 2014 

CECANF meeting in Michigan on August 28

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities to Hold Public Meeting Near Detroit, Michigan

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold an open meeting on Thursday, August 28, 2014, in Plymouth, Michigan.

Meeting time: Thursday, August 28, 2014, from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT.

Location: The Inn at St. John’s, Grande Ballroom, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, Michigan 48170.

Attendance: Individuals interested in attending the meeting in person or via teleconference must register in advance due to limited space (see link below). The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Members of the public will not have the opportunity to ask questions or otherwise participate in the meeting, either on the phone or in person.

To attend in person or listen to the teleconference, please register by Tuesday, August 26:

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