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Advocacy Day 2010!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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 the Fostering Connections Act, rejecting harmful Medicaid regulations, and enacting economic recovery legislation that supported foster care, adoption assistance, kinship care, and health services for vulnerable children and youth. Join us on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 as we head to Capitol Hill to advocate for re-establishment of the White House Conference on Children and Youth, effective implementation of the Fostering Connections Act, increased resources in the federal budget for child welfare programs, better health care, and other important initiatives!

These are just a couple of examples that show how your visits to Congress have a direct effect on the lives of children. Join us on the Hill to keep up the momentum you have created!

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 2010 and JOIN US on Capitol Hill!

When is Advocacy Day?
CWLA's 2010 Advocacy Day falls on Tuesday of CWLA's 2010 National Conference - January 26, 2010.

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.

To learn who your state leader is, visit

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, January 26, 2010, 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 2010: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Advocacy Day General Session
Join fellow advocates as you get ready for your day on Capitol Hill! Hear from new leadership at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, and from key Congressional champions for children and youth. An award will also be presented to a life-long children's advocate.

Regional/State Caucuses
Attend your region's caucus to learn more about CWLA's 2010 Legislative Priorities and the messages you will be taking to Capitol Hill! This is also a great opportunity to network with others from your state and region. Each regional caucus will start with a general briefing and then you will meet with your specific state. 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. Anyone going to Capitol Hill will receive a free, boxed lunch.

Head for Capitol Hill!
Buses will take you to and from Capitol Hill. Buses board at the hotel's 24th Street entrance. Buses will leave and come back on a staggered schedule. Make your way back to the hotel in time for the Awards Dinner!

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