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Home > Advocacy > CWLA Calls on President Barack Obama to Convene a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 > Foster Youth Advocacy

 
 

FOSTER YOUTH ADVOCACY

This page is dedicated to educating and empowering current and former foster youth in the push for a White House Conference on Children and Youth focused on child welfare reform.

BACKGROUND

As youth who have gone through the foster care system we understand that there are much needed reforms. The White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 Act Directs the President to call a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 to: (1) encourage improvements in each state and local child welfare system; and (2) develop recommendations for actions to implement express policy regarding federal, state, and local programs. This act would encourage conferences in all 50 states leading to an official conference at the White House. This two-year process would allow discussions of and solutions the current challenges at the local, state, and national levels.

The White House Conference on Children was first instituted in 1909 and lead to the creation of the Children's Bureau, the establishment of new foster care standards, and the first policies to regulate foster homes. Since then conferences were held every ten years until 1970. Nearly four decades have passed without the White House bringing the focus of the nation to examine the state of our children. As youth who have experienced the foster care system, we are calling on President Obama to once again use the power of the White House to organize a national conference on the welfare of our nations most vulnerable children and families and establish national goals for improvement in the subsequent 10 years.

TAKE ACTION!
Four Easy Things You Can Do to Advocate

White House Conference on Child Welfare in 2010
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If you would like to get more involved, have any questions, or would like any help contact Lily Dorman-Colby the Foster Youth Outreach Coordinator at lcolby@cwla.org

Lily Dorman-Colby, spent six years in foster care. She was separated from her three brothers and went through more then half a dozen foster homes. Now she is a senior at Yale University where she is studying economics. As the Foster Youth Outreach Coordinator she would be more then happy to answer your questions and help you find out how you can get involved.


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