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Statement from CWLA President & CEO, Christine James-Brown Re: Obama and Clinton Sign onto Legislation Calling for a White House Conference on Children and Youth

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April 15, 2008, Arlington, VA -- CWLA is pleased that Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have joined on as cosponsors of Senate bill S.2771, legislation to re-establish a White House Conference on Children and Youth. While both Senators Clinton and Obama have been competing in a grueling and competitive Presidential campaign, we are grateful that they were able to come together in support of a White House Conference on Children and Youth.

Obama and Clinton's support sends a clear message that advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children and youth is critical, and that the needs of children should be a priority for all Americans no matter where they stand on the political spectrum.

In September of 2007, CWLA launched a campaign to gain support for legislation that would re-establish a White House Conference on Children and Youth, an important policy-making tradition focusing on children's issues. Bipartisan legislation by Representatives Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and Jon Porter (R-NV) calling for such a conference in 2010 was introduced in February, and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has taken the lead in championing the Senate companion bill.

The proposed legislation calls on the next President to hold a White House Conference to focus national attention on the issues of child abuse and neglect, and reforming our nation's child welfare system.

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