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CWLA 2009 Children's Legislative Agenda

Letter from the President

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Dear Friend of Children:

CWLA believes that together we can make children and families a national priority. The new Administration and Congress have the opportunity to realize this dream and ensure every child is nurtured, protected, provided the chance to develop to his or her full potential, and given opportunities to contribute to the common good.

In 2009, we challenge the President and Congress to affirm this responsibility and take actions to strengthen our commitment to permanency and protection of America's children. CWLA's top legislative priorities for 2009 are a call to reestablish the White House Conference on Children and Youth, and providing that a significant share of the economic recovery plan be for the benefit of vulnerable children and their families.

Five hundred thousand children are in foster care on any given day and three million cases of abuse and neglect are reported every year in this country. As the economy weakens, history and experience tell us the caseloads will increase. We can and must do better to protect and provide a safe and promising future for these children. Our legislative priorities appeal to the Administration and Congress to boldly affirm our national commitment to children and families. Calling a White House Conference in 2010 will set in motion a set of activities to engage communities throughout the nation to focus on and make recommendations regarding the concerns and needs of the most vulnerable children and youth.

The economic recovery must include new reliable, flexible, guaranteed resources needed to prevent child abuse and neglect; provide better supports for families in crisis; provide care and treatment for children in foster care; provide support to foster parents, grandparents, and other relatives caring for children; and strengthen adoptive families and the workforce that supports this system of care.

CWLA's 2009 Children's Legislative Agenda outlines what Congress can do this year to better the lives of children and families. By working together, we can live in an America where no child is abused and neglected and every child achieves his or her full potential.

Christine James-Brown
President and CEO
Child Welfare League of America

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