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Advocacy Day 2011!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Register Register for the conference, which runs March 27-30. Early-bird rates available through January 30.

Going to Capitol Hill Actually Makes a Difference!

The most important thing you can do while you're in Washington is visit your Member of Congress.

In recent years, CWLA members have played a vital role in enacting health care legislation and the Fostering Connections Act which are critical to achieving better outcomes for children. Join us on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 as we head to Capitol Hill to advocate for continuing to reform child welfare, building on the success of the Fostering Connections Act, maintaining adequate resources in the federal budget for child welfare programs, implementing key child-focused health care reforms, re-establishing the White House Conference on Children and Youth and other important initiatives!

Far too often, the needs of vulnerable children and youth are left behind. Your U.S. Senators and Representative must hear from you! Read more about Advocacy Day 2011 and JOIN US on Capitol Hill!

When is Advocacy Day?
CWLA's 2011 Advocacy Day falls on Tuesday of CWLA's 2011 National Conference - March 29, 2011.

What is Advoacy Day?
CWLA's Advocacy Day is the single largest child welfare advocacy day of the year. On Advocacy Day, CWLA National Conference attendees carry the message for vulnerable children, youth, and families as they visit their lawmakers on Capitol Hill and discuss the challenges and needs of the children and families they serve, as well as the needs of the States and the child welfare system and workforce. Check out 10 Reasons to Go to the Hill!

Who Can Attend Advocacy Day?
Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate in Advocacy Day and speak up on behalf of children and youth on Capitol Hill. CWLA's Government Affairs Staff and State Leaders will provide you with proper guidance, information, and assistance so that you are thoroughly prepared for your Capitol Hill appointments. Whether you are a seasoned advocate or a executive or a caseworker...join us!

Get Ready to Head for the Hill - What to do in Preparation for Advocacy Day

Contact your state leader.
Each state has a designated State Leader to lead the state delegation to Capitol Hill. In preparation for Advocacy Day, CWLA state leaders are extensively briefed on CWLA's 2010 legislative priorities and thoroughly prepared for Capitol Hill meetings. Your state leader will arrange a visit with your U.S. Senators.

Click here to learn who your state leader is.

Make an appointment with your U.S. Representative.
Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard (202/224-3121) and ask to be connected to your Representative. Tell the appointment secretary that you will be in Washington, D.C., attending CWLA's National Conference and want to meet with your Representative, Tuesday, March 29, 2011, between 2:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. You will be able to coordinate Hill visits with other CWLA conferees from your state.

Advocacy Day 2011: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Advocacy Day General Session
Join fellow advocates as you get ready for your day on Capitol Hill! Hear from leading policy decision-makers and champions for children and youth. An award will also be presented to a life-long children's advocate.

Regional/State Caucuses
Attend the special lunch discussion on the issues and final details before boarding buses to the Capitol Hill. Learn more about CWLA's 2011 Legislative Priorities and the messages to take to Capitol Hill! This is also a great opportunity to network with others from your state and region. State leaders will brief you on important issues, provide you with written materials targeted to your members of Congress, and answer any last minute questions.

Head for Capitol Hill!
Buses will take you to and from Capitol Hill. Buses board at the hotel. Buses will leave and come back on a staggered schedule.

Attend the Reception on Capitol Hill
Make your way to our Capitol Hill reception, which is a new feature of this year's conference. Key Congressional allies will speak on priorities for children in the new 112th Congress.

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