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Goal: 25,000 Progress: 4,015
Sponsored by: Save the Children Action Network

More than 700 million children — or 1 in 4 kids around the world — have been robbed of their right to childhood. Millions of children have their childhoods cut short because of who they are and where they live.

Around the world, kids' childhoods cut short due to poor health, extreme violence, early marriage, teen pregnancy, or being forced to leave school in order to work. Lack of access to health care, clean water and healthy food puts the world’s most disadvantaged children at a high risk of death — many before they reach their fifth birthday.

Children in the U.S. are robbed of childhoods, too. Infant mortality, dropping out of school and teen pregnancy are among the many reasons that American kids miss out on childhood.

All kids deserve a childhood — no matter where they live or their background. Urge Congress not to cut programs that help kids everywhere get the childhood they deserve.

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Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Must Invest in Kids

I believe that all children have the right to a safe childhood — a time in their life where they can learn, play, grow and thrive.

A new Save the Children report found that one in four children around the world have been robbed of their childhood. The reasons are varied but include poor health, extreme violence, early marriage, teen pregnancy, or being forced to leave school in order to work.

As Congress works on the fiscal year 2018 budget, I urge you to support robust funding for vital programs that help kids survive and thrive so no children lose out on valuable services. Programs that help children and families in the United States like Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grants and Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting are critical to giving kids a strong start in life.

And, around the world, international assistance programs that help kids have access to health, education and food security — and that help protect them during humanitarian crises — must be protected from the deep cuts proposed in the President’s budget. At only 1% of the federal budget, America can afford to keep these effective and lifesaving programs that are making a difference in the world.

Every last child has the right to survive, learn and be protected. Our budget should reflect these values.

I look forward to your response.

Petition Signatures


Dec 11, 2017 Laurie Nicoletti
Dec 9, 2017 Irina Lamadrid
Dec 8, 2017 Adéla Režná
Dec 8, 2017 Julir Flores
Dec 7, 2017 charmaine macdonald
Dec 5, 2017 Anne-Marie Henkes
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Dec 4, 2017 Julie Robertson
Dec 4, 2017 Saliha BELKHIR
Dec 4, 2017 Conni McGraw Morris
Dec 4, 2017 Matteo Sisti
Dec 4, 2017 kathy switzer
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Dec 4, 2017 Virginia Lippert
Dec 4, 2017 Rachel Colomb
Dec 3, 2017 Jennifer McDaniel
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Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Dec 2, 2017 Kathie Ball
Dec 2, 2017 Edith Ogella
Dec 2, 2017 Sharon Zigomanis
Dec 1, 2017 Damian Barton
Dec 1, 2017 Diane Boulais
Dec 1, 2017 Gregory Brooks
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Dec 1, 2017 Sue Hall
Dec 1, 2017 Sara Bakker
Dec 1, 2017 Mara Kramer
Dec 1, 2017 Benita Smith
Dec 1, 2017 Stephanie🐱 Selby
Dec 1, 2017 Sevindj Bornak
Dec 1, 2017 Mike Bushaw
Dec 1, 2017 Angela Black
Dec 1, 2017 Ronald Hammersley
Dec 1, 2017 Pearl Raikin
Dec 1, 2017 Melissa Heithaus
Dec 1, 2017 Gail Flanders
Dec 1, 2017 Prudence Blasdell
Dec 1, 2017 todd Schelle
Nov 30, 2017 Gen Agustsson every child deserves childhood and be themselves.
Nov 30, 2017 Adarsh K Warman All children are equal
Nov 30, 2017 Dan Esposito
Nov 30, 2017 Robin Cipolla
Nov 30, 2017 Diane Rosas
Nov 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
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Nov 29, 2017 Kathy Smith
Nov 27, 2017 Anya Cehelsky
Nov 25, 2017 caro shu

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