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Children's Defense Fund


CDF advocates for the best interest of children through rigorous research, public education, youth leadership development, and community-based programs every day nationally and locally in 29 states across the country

Real Life

"There were nights where we didn't have anything to put in our stomachs. Like we'd just have to drink water. And I guess there's times where we didn't know where we were going to live. But now it's just a normal thing for us."- Eva Maria Turcios, CDF Beat the Odds Scholar

More than 16.1 million children in America are poor, but they live in working families. A disproportionate number are Black and Latino. Poor children lag behind their peers in many ways beyond income: They are less healthy, trail in emotional and intellectual development, and are less likely to graduate from high school. Poor children also are likely to become the poor parents of the future. Every year that we keep children in poverty costs our nation half a trillion dollars in lost productivity, poorer health and increased crime.

Founded in 1973 CDF is committed to ensuring every child a Healthy, Head, Fair, Safe and Moral Start and passage to adulthood. CDF educates the national populace about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown.