ERIC Number: ED346980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Child Advocacy in the United States: The Work of the Children's Defense Fund. Innocenti Essays No. 2.
Weill, James D.
This essay provides an overview of the goals and activities of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), an advocacy group headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to improve the well-being of American children through systemic change and whose goal is to make it unacceptable for any child in the United States to grow up homeless, hungry, sick, uncared-for, unsafe, undereducated, or without hope for the future. The introductory section of this paper provides background information on the formation, vision, and workings of the CDF. Part I of the essay provides a statistical profile of United States children, offering data on the number of children living in poverty, access to health insurance, teen pregnancy and births, and child care and family leave. In addition, problems related to education, housing and homelessness, abuse and neglect, and violence are described. Part II presents a portrait of the CDF, including information on its wide base of financial support; staff; founder; and concern with the needs of poor, minority, and disabled children. Part III explains the ways in which the CDF advocates for children through research and analysis, the publication of results, budget advocacy, media campaigns, mobilization of the public, development of coalitions, lobbying for legislation, efforts to make sure that laws to protect children are implemented, work with state offices, and community-based projects. Throughout the report, insets are used to present data on the status of children; brief reports on issues; and CDF accomplishments. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Florence (Italy).