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Monday, 27 October 2014 11:53
The direction of our federal government definitely affects children's issues. Become informed and get involved by communicating with your senator or congressman. 
A Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Would Result in Funding Cuts for Children's Programs
HJR7 is a resolution under consideration by the Utah Legislature that would call for a federal Constitutional Convention to consider a balanced budget amendment. It may sound like it's simply sending a message about Utah's support for dealing with the federal debt, but in fact it goes quite a bit further than that.  By calling for an unprecedented Article V constitutional convention, HJR7 would make Utah the 26th state of the 34 required to convene a federal constitutional convention, which...
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New Poverty Measure Shows that the Safety Net Works for Utah Children
An additional 98,000 Utah kids would live in poverty if not for government programs Salt Lake City—A new KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, finds that the rate of child poverty in Utah would double, from 11% to 22%, if it weren’t for social programs such as food stamps, WIC, school lunches, child tax credits and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The report analyzes the first three-year data...
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Voices for Utah Children Launches a Crowdsourced Contest: The Utah New Parents Challenge
Salt Lake City– Voices for Utah Children is launching a crowdsourced contest on Feb. 19, 2015, encouraging new and expecting parents to answer this question: If a baby expert visited you, what help would you want? The Utah New Parents Challenge is a contest to find out what types of support new and expecting parents in Utah want the most. It was inspired by a new mother interviewed by the Utah Department of Health who spoke of the importance of a...
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Utah Parents: win an evening out with babysitting!
In celebration of Utah's evidence-based home visiting programs, and in an effort to learn more about what new and expecting parents in Utah need, we are sponsoring a crowd-sourced contest. Enter the contest! Simply tell us what kind of help you would want if a baby expert visited you.  Invite your friends to vote for you! The winner will get dinner, a movie and cash to pay your babysitter.  Excellent Deseret News coverage of the Utah New Parents Challenge and Utah's...
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What’s Wrong with Calling for a Constitutional Convention to Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment?
What’s Wrong with HJR 7 (Rep. Powell) Calling for a Constitutional Convention to Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Calling a Constitutional Convention is risky and dangerous. If Congress called a Constitutional Convention, or attempted to do so, the country would be thrown into turmoil, with an extended period of extraordinary contention and deep anxiety, and likely find itself in lengthy legal and political battles of great consequence for the nation’s future. States cannot limit the agenda of a Constitutional...
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Contact Lawmakers to Support Evidence-based Home Visiting Programs
 Here is a simple email form to help you email lawmakers about funding evidence-based home visiting. You can also fill out the form in full-screen version here.
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Support for New Parents
In 2013, the Utah Department of Health interviewed Utah mothers who had experienced poor birth outcomes such as preterm birth, stillbirth, or infant death. Several women mentioned the importance of a support network. As one mother said, "I would love that. I would seriously love it. I don't know anybody." Evidence-based home visiting programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, are voluntary community health programs that support new and expecting parents. A registered nurse provides ongoing home visits to low-income, first time mothers...
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A Two-Generation Approach to End Poverty in Utah
Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to be poor as adults, while those who grow up in more affluent families are more likely to be affluent later in life. There is considerable evidence that children and parents do better when they both have every opportunity to succeed. Voices for Utah Children is working with policymakers to reduce poverty and bring the perspective of a two-generation strategy approach to the forefront of the discussion.    A Two-Generation Approach to Ending Poverty in...
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