Child Welfare League of America

Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues:

Our ears are perked-CWLA wants to hear what you have to say in 2007. This year's National Conference, Children 2007: Raising Our Voices for Children, will offer you-our member agencies and other child advocates-the chance to meet face-to-face, to initiate discussions and collaborations, to showcase best-practice models, and to vocalize your concerns about issues affecting children and families in oneon- one meetings with lawmakers. By raising our voices collectively, we can make the world a better place for our nation's most vulnerable children.

What better place to amplify our voices than in the Nation's Capital? The Hill visits and state caucuses that take center stage on the second day of every CWLA National Conference are one important facet of our work. They are advocacy in action. The plenary sessions, workshops, meetings of task forces and working groups, and informal networking that goes on around the conference are equally essential.

In this time of heightened competition for ever-scarcer resources, when America's struggling children and families most need us, it is more important than ever that we learn from and inspire each other. Lifting up proven practices is one of the things that CWLA does best. But even first-rate programs are ineffective without broad-based, continuing support. To sustain our efforts, we depend on good policy, good partners, and strong voices.

Sincerely,

Shay Bilchik
President and CEO, CWLA
George W. Swan III
Board Chair




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