Tell Congress: Lift Children Out of Poverty, Expand the Child Tax Credit!
This week, Congress reached a bipartisan deal to expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC), a vital piece in our work to lift children out of poverty. Created in 1997, the CTC is a tax benefit that aids families in financial hardship by providing resources to help raise children. Research shows that families have used this money to cover the cost of housing, food, transportation, and child care. Children thrive when their parents and caregivers have the resources necessary to help all family members succeed.
Proverbs 3:27 teaches us, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” In a time where many are just making it through their day-to-day, we have the power to tell our elected representatives, “Do not withhold the Child Tax Credit from families and children in need.”
In one year, the new proposal to expand the Child Tax Credit would allow:
- Roughly 16 million children in families with low incomes to benefit from the expansion!
- As many as 400,000 children (about half the population of Delaware) to rise above the poverty line!
- Children of all races and ethnicities to thrive, especially groups where parents and caregivers are overrepresented in low-paid jobs due to discrimination and other barriers to opportunity.
Nearly 40% of babies are living without enough income to make ends meet and about one in ten live in deep poverty. Poverty is not just a lack of financial resources — it hurts child development during the most critical years of rapid brain growth, leading to developmental gaps that can last a lifetime.
Join us in reminding your lawmakers that they have a sacred responsibility and duty to protect the best interest and future of our children. Let's expand the Child Tax Credit today!
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