Emergency Alert

Right now, Save the Children remains gravely concerned about the well-being of children in the custody of the U.S. government after crossing our southern border. We know from our nearly 100 years of service that family separation and detention can cause severe, long-lasting trauma, which ultimately results in the loss of childhood.

For nearly 100 years, Save the Children has put the rights of every child at the very center of our mission. We’ve now heard these children’s cries and we must raise our own voices to protect their best interests. Because every child deserves safety and a chance at a future.

Tell Congress to reunite families and ensure unnecessary family separation never happens again.

Help Save Children in America

Across the United States, one in five children grow up in poverty. Of the counties with the highest poverty rates, 90% are rural. Because of circumstances beyond their control, millions of kids never reach their full potential.

The Challenges for Children in America

In every state, children living in disadvantaged, isolated communities struggle to thrive and succeed. Without access to critical things like early childhood education, preschool, children’s books and more, millions of U.S. kids aren’t having a chance at the bright future they deserve.*

  • The U.S. ranks as only the 36th best country to be a child
  • 1 in 5 U.S. kids lives in poverty
  • 1 in 6 U.S. students drops out of school before graduating
  • Every day, 64 babies die before their first birthday in the U.S.
  • 1 in 5 U.S. children lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table
  • 1 in 45 girls ages 15 to 19 had a baby in 2015
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Our Work for Children in America

Since 1932, Save the Children has been on the ground providing support to the most isolated and underserved children in rural America. From our earliest days in Appalachia – helping children and families hardest-hit by the Great Depression – to today, our U.S. team goes where others cannot. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we help the nation’s most vulnerable children become ready for kindergarten – and excel by third grade – so they can succeed in school and in life. Plus our teams are there before, during and after emergencies – preparing children, protecting them and helping them cope in the aftermath. 

Together with Save the Children Action Network, Save the Children is a leading advocate for children, ensuring their voices are heard and their best interests are prioritized. We fill critical gaps in services and deliver scalable solutions to the challenges children face.  

Our sponsorship program gives a child growing up in poverty in America the opportunity for a brighter future. Sponsorship directly benefits a sponsored child’s community, ensuring access to a quality education and the opportunity to grow in a nurturing environment. 

How to Help Children in America

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world survive and thrive.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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