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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


Sep 24, 2017 Deborah Bratcher
Sep 24, 2017 Tom Gourley
Sep 24, 2017 Terri Richmond
Sep 22, 2017 Wendy Norris
Sep 22, 2017 CHARLOTTE GASSER Every last child has the right to survive, learn and be protected. Our budget should reflect these values.
Sep 22, 2017 Deborah Golembiewski
Sep 20, 2017 Carrie Carlson
Sep 20, 2017 chris andersen
Sep 20, 2017 Ayana Baltrip
Sep 17, 2017 Helen Folkes
Sep 17, 2017 Mary Barker
Sep 14, 2017 Charles Lowery
Sep 14, 2017 jackie schon
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 12, 2017 OLGA COTTO
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 9, 2017 michelle melder
Sep 6, 2017 Amy Biggs
Sep 5, 2017 Cassie Huffman
Sep 4, 2017 Paula Standley
Sep 4, 2017 jeff hopkins
Sep 4, 2017 Naomi Martin
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 3, 2017 MARY EMERICH
Sep 1, 2017 Lori Hernandez
Sep 1, 2017 Sara Valade
Sep 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2017 Chantal Vagnat
Aug 31, 2017 nathalie fromont
Aug 31, 2017 Stéphanie Le Goff
Aug 30, 2017 Jean Naples As a family physician, I know that all kids deserve a childhood — no matter where they live or their background. I strongly urge Congress not to cut programs that help kids everywhere get the childhood they deserve.
Aug 30, 2017 S P
Aug 30, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Aug 30, 2017 francesca corteccioni
Aug 29, 2017 Jon Lazzeri All kids deserve a childhood — no matter where they live or their background. We urge Congress not to cut programs that help kids everywhere get the childhood they deserve!!
Aug 29, 2017 Sheryll Punneo
Aug 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2017 Sheila Ward
Aug 29, 2017 Donna Jay
Aug 29, 2017 Donna Runyon
Aug 29, 2017 Linda Kehew
Aug 29, 2017 Gillian Shults
Aug 29, 2017 Liana Petrone Just think if it was you, your sister, your brother, your niece, your nephew, or your best friend or even your own child wouldn't you want them to have a childhood.
Aug 29, 2017 Jill Armstrong
Aug 29, 2017 Sarah Thao
Aug 29, 2017 Nancy Armitstead
Aug 29, 2017 Janet Neihart
Aug 29, 2017 Jen Geyer
Aug 29, 2017 Steven Jackson

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