Child and Family Well-Being
The health of our nation depends upon the health and well-being of our children and families. All families—no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make—should have the resources they need to foster healthy development from their child’s earliest years. As a nation of abundance, we can—and must—come together to ensure that all families can raise healthy children by addressing the broader social and economic circumstances that make it difficult for too many families to fulfill their aspirations for their children.
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The U.S. relegates those of certain races, wage levels, and immigration backgrounds to secondhand status. Richard Besser, a pediatrician who provides care to many uninsured children, and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, a scholar who worked on the National Academies’ landmark A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty report, write in The Hill that our policy choices make certain populations more likely to live in poverty and suffer lifelong repercussions. "We know how to reduce poverty; the expanded Child Tax Credit has done it over the past six months. But the expanded credit has expired." Dr. Besser and Dr. Acevedo-Garcia explain why a permanent expansion of a more equitable Child Tax Credit is essential to eliminating child poverty.