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Child Welfare League of America to Commence Nationwide Recognition of National Children's Memorial Flag Day 2001 On April 27

For more information, contact
Joyce Johnson
Phone: 804/492-4519
Cell: 703/980-7641

April 18, 2001, Washington, D.C. -- The Child Welfare League of America is pleased to have brought together all 50 of the nation's states in recognizing Children's Memorial Flag Day 2001. Each of the state governments, as well as hundreds of other groups and elected officials, including mayors, county administrators, social service agencies, courts, schools, and community organizations are participating in promoting the flag by displaying it, issuing a proclamation, or conducting a ceremony on April 27, designated Children's Memorial Flag Day. Promotion of the flag has also taken place throughout the month of April which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

For information about whether and how your state or local community is participating by flying the flag this year please visit, where lists of participants are provided.

According to CWLA Executive Director Shay Bilchik, "The effects of child abuse and other forms of victimization of children and youth are felt by whole communities and need to be addressed by everyone. CWLA is dedicated to bringing public awareness to the needs of our most vulnerable children- children who live in fear and are at risk for violence and even death in their own homes and communities."

Nationwide participation in flying the flag amplifies awareness about the tragedy of child abuse and victimization, as well as its causes and prevention efforts. The flag's design shows paper-doll-like children in blue against a red field, with one child missing. It is a simple moving image.

Established in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CWLA strives to advance sound public policy on behalf of the more than three million abused, neglected and vulnerable children served by its more than 1,150 public and private member agencies. To further its mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the well-being of all children and families, CWLA conducts research, develops standards of best practice, hosts regional and national conferences, provides comprehensive, field-based consultation and professional development services, and is the largest publisher of child welfare materials in North America.

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