Protecting Our Children


Join Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund
on Thursday, June 15, 2017
to celebrate our Children's Defense Fund-Ohio Beat the Odds® Scholars.

The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio Beat the Odds® scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. From more than 100 applications from across Ohio, five Ohio high school students will be honored. Each youth will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, a laptop computer, an invitation to join CDF’s youth leadership development programs, and our national CDF network.

Help us celebrate our future leaders and their stories of perseverance and determination and be reminded that no one should ever give up on a child.

JOIN US -  Tickets and sponsorship information are available on our Beat the Odds Event Page

ACA Replacement Bill Would Harm Ohio's Children
Congressional Republicans have released the American Health Care Act, their replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (click here to read the House Ways and Means Committee’s 2 page summary). Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio is concerned that proposed changes will reduce access to coverage and care for vulnerable children and families in Ohio. The bill will make coverage less accessible and affordable, benefits the wealthy and healthy at the expense of those who are low income and sick, and makes deep cuts to Medicaid that will harm Ohio children.

We urge you to contact your Congressional representative today and voice your concerns about the harmful impacts of this bill.

Breastfeeding Issue Brief Infographic 2017 cover

Breastfeeding – A Lifesaver for our Most Vulnerable Babies
Determined to see all babies reach their first birthday, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio released a new policy brief on February 27th: Delivering Better Outcomes for Black Babies through Breastfeeding along with the Delivering Better Outcomes Infographic. Nationwide, Ohio ranks as the 45th worst state for infant mortality, and Ohio’s Black infant mortality rate is among the worst in the country. Sadly, many  Ohio counties are experiencing infant mortality rates that are increasing. For example, Franklin County’s current infant mortality rate rose from 7.7 to 8.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. The brief uncovers the benefits of breastfeeding on infant and maternal health and provides a robust series of recommendations to support and increase the number of breastfeeding mothers including covered home visits from lactation consultants, statewide paid family leave, hospital requirements to promote breastfeeding starting in the delivery room, and leveraging the Ohio Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Nutrition (WIC) to better serve Black mothers. 

Deepening our Work for Appalachian Children
Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio continues to solidify a network of organizations and individuals to voice the needs and share solutions to the challenges experienced by families in our Appalachian region. As a follow up to the release of our report, Ohio’s Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action, CDF-Ohio held four community roundtables, bringing together more than 160 people to share information, form new collaborations and partnerships, and discuss priorities for improving the lives of children and families in Ohio’s Appalachian region. We have surveyed our participants’ priorities and found issues like early childhood education and the opiate crisis are at the top of the list. As the budget process unfolds in the Ohio Legislature, we look forward to connecting to our Appalachian team to collaborate on advocacy and develop solutions. 

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