The Viatorian Community joined with 150 organizations that called on President Obama and Congress to create a new National Commision on Children. In a letter drafted by First Focus, a Washington-based bipartisan advocacy organization, Viatorians and other advocates called on national legistors to ensure the safety and well-being of every child in America.
“It’s clear we’re struggling as a nation to meet the need of our children, when 1 in 4 U.S. kids live in poverty and Americans believe the lives of kids will be worse than their parents,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus. “A National Commission on Children would create the next generation of groundbreaking policies our children and families need today.”
The letter listed some of the unique challenges facing America’s children:
* The United States ranks 20 out of 21 industrialized nations in measures of child well-being and relative child poverty.
* Almost 16.1 million U.S. children live in poverty, or 22 percent.
* Nearly one-third of public high school students fail to graduate on time, including nearly half of all African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans.
“The momentum is here for once-in-a-generation policy reforms,” Lesley added, “that meet the challenges of today’s children and provide all kids with the same opportunity for a happy, healthy future.”