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Children Now LogoChildren Now

Through innovative research and communications strategies, we promote pioneering solutions to improve the lives of America's children. Our programs reach parents, lawmakers, concerned citizens, business, media and community leaders, building partnerships to affect positive change. Focusing particular attention on the needs of children who are poor or at risk, our mission is to improve conditions for all children by making them the top priority across the nation.

Children Now was founded in 1988 at the urging of a wide variety of experts and organizations. Since the 1989 release of the innovative and effective Report Card on the well-being of California children, Children Now has been a leader in developing new strategies to move children higher on the nation's agenda. Seven years later, Children Now is recognized nationally for its policy expertise and up-to-date information on the status of children, as well as its leading work with the media to improve news coverage about children.

Children Now's accomplishments include: important policy victories for children, such as reforms to California's child support system and new children's health care benefits; award-winning media campaigns designed to motivate and help individuals to make a difference for children; and higher quality coverage of children's issues in the media through ongoing work with and convening of media leaders. Children Now has offices in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and New York. Children Now is financed through foundation grants, individual donations, and support from the corporate community.

Children Now Links A Great set of Links to other Children's Advocacy and related sites.

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Children's Defense Fund LogoChildren's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund exists to provide a strong and effective voice for all the children of America, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak out for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor, minority, and disabled children. Our goal is to educate the nation about the needs of children and encourage preventive investment in children before they get sick, drop out of school, suffer family breakdown, or get into trouble. CDF is a private nonprofit organization supported by foundations, corporations, and individuals. CDF never has accepted government funds.

Since 1973, CDF has been working to create a nation in which the web of family, community, private sector, and government supports for children is so tightly woven that no child can slip through. We believe that no child should be left behind, and that every child needs and deserves a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life.

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National Center for Children in Poverty

The mission of the National Center for Children in Poverty is to identify and promote strategies that reduce the number of young children living in poverty in the United States, and that improve the life chances of the millions of children under six who a re growing up poor. Center projects concentrate on early childhood care and education; child and family health; family and community support; cross-cutting, multistate policy analyses; demographic and evaluation research; and communications. Columbia University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions toward the work of the National Center for Children in Poverty are tax deductible.

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UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF remains – 50 years after its founding by the UN General Assembly – the vital expression of the international community's concern for children and others in need.

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The Children’s Partnership

The Children's Partnership is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan policy and strategy center whose mission is to inform leaders and the public about the needs of America's 70 million children, and to engage them in efforts to benefit children.

The Partnership undertakes research and policy analysis, publishes reports and materials, develops multimedia campaigns, and forges new alliances among parents, policymakers and the private sector to achieve tangible gains for children. Founded in 1993, it benefits from the expertise of a distinguished board of national advisors who are leaders in diverse fields.

The Partnership focuses special attention on identifying new trends and emerging issues that affect large numbers of America's children and on providing early analysis and strategies for action. In this way, it functions as a research and development (R&D) arm for the children's movement.

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  The Future of Children

The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children's well-being, with special emphasis on providing objective analysis and evaluation, translating existing knowledge into effective programs and polices, and promoting constructive institutional change. In attempting to achieve these objectives, we are targeting a multidisciplinary audience of national leaders, including policymakers, practitioners, legislators, executives, and professionals in the public and private sectors. This publication is intended to complement, not duplicate, the kind of technical analysis found in academic journals and the general coverage of children's issues by the popular press and special interest groups.

The Future of Children is published three times a year by The Center for the Future of Children, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA. The publication is distributed free of charge. Opinions expressed in The Future of Children by the editors or the writers are their own and are not to be considered those of The Packard Foundation. Certain figures and photographs have been omitted from the electronic edition because of copyright concerns.

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. Its primary mission is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

The Foundation was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of United Parcel Service, and his siblings, who named the philanthropy in honor of their mother. With assets of more than $1 billion, the Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy dedicated exclusively to disadvantaged children.

At a minimum, improving outcomes for poor kids will require good answers to hard questions-- for example, what are the root causes of disadvantage? what approaches work best? which do not? and why? Moreover, informed conclusions about such issues need to be clearly communicated to citizens and policymakers.

The Casey Foundation and many of our colleagues in philanthropy, academia, and government have not done well enough in this area. In some cases, important work has gone undocumented. In others, conclusions have been too cautious or too slow in arriving. And in almost all instances, complex lessons have not been translated into plain language that helps people think more clearly about at-risk children.

As part of its effort to meet this communications challenge, the Foundation has listed in Publications recent Foundation-supported and -published reports aimed at deepening understanding about program design, strategies for change, and barriers to improving outcomes. Some are formal, independent evaluations by outside agencies. Others are internal reflections and summaries of best practice. All are intended to contribute to building the knowledge necessary for better child and family outcomes.

Kids Count: An annual report on the educational, economic, social, and physical well-being of children in the United States. The annual Data Book is intended to provide the most recent government figures on critical facets of children's lives.

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Child Welfare League of America

The Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted entirely to the well-being of America's vulnerable children and their families.

Founded in 1920, CWLA is a membership association of almost 1,000 public and private nonprofit agencies, which together serve over two million children and their families across the United States annually. CWLA and its member agencies provide a wide range of services to protect abused, neglected, and otherwise vulnerable children and youths, and strengthen and support families for children.

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Coalition for America’s Children

An alliance of national, state, and local nonprofit organizations working to call attention to the serious obstacles impeding children's well-being and to boost children's concerns to the top of the public policy agenda.

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Idea Central: Welfare and Families

IN THE WAKE OF WELFARE REFORM. The impact of the new welfare reform law will be felt by tens of millions of Americans in the days to come. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 includes changes in welfare, Supplemental Security Income, child support enforcement, immigration, child care, food stamps, social services, the earned income tax credit, and Medicaid. The Urban Institute estimates that as a result of its $54 billion in program cuts, the new Act will push more than a million children into poverty.

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Children's House

Children's House is an interactive resource center - a meeting place for the exchange of information that serves the well being of children. Dedicated to supporting the generation and dissemination of knowledge about childrenīs issues, Childrenīs House facilitates the translation of the benefits of research and programming into policy and practice.

The most important criteria for placing information in the House are the needs and concerns of children. Any specific institutional interests or promotion are generally
more appropriately placed within individual web sites.

Welcome to Children's House in Cyberspace; A project aimed to be the Internet meeting place for all professionals involved in work with, for or related to the well being of children!

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National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

The NSPCC is the only national organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland devoted exclusively to the problem of child abuse. We put the needs of children first in everything we do and say.

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Children, Youth and Family Consortium Electronic Clearinghouse

Located at the University of Minnesota, the consortium provides a pathway to information related to the health, education and welfare of children, youth and families.

See their Resources for Children and Families on the Web

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National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

Major resource for information on child abuse and neglect in the United States.


Administration for Children and Families

The main Federal agency responsible for programs affecting children and their families.

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