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CWLA Congratulates President Elect Barack Obama and Vice President Elect Joe Biden

Leading Child Advocacy Group Urges Next President to Convene a 2010 White House Conference on Children and Youth

For more information, contact
Tamainia Davis-Tanner
Phone: 703/412-2439

November 5, 2008, Arlington, VA -- CWLA, the nation's oldest and largest membership based child advocacy organization, is delighted to congratulate and welcome President-elect Barack Obama in his new role and position as the 44th President of the United States.

"Today's historic presidential election promises to bring change and a new beginning to the nation's children and families, particularly those in the child welfare system," said CWLA President and CEO, Christine James Brown. "President Obama exudes the type of leadership, dedication and commitment necessary to address the needs of neglected and abused children in this nation. We look forward to working with his administration and pushing forward on legislation paramount to the well-being of children, beginning with a 2010 White House Conference on Children and Youth".

CWLA recognizes that many challenges lay ahead for the new administration. With a declining economy hanging in the balance; wars in both, Iraq and Afghanistan, our newly elected President will need the support and sound advice of advocacy leaders and state legislators ready to join in and help bring about change for children and families.

"We are excited about the new hope and promise of this new president," said John Sciamanna, Co-Director of Government Affairs for CWLA. "We look forward to constructing policies and budget priorities that will make children a national priority".

President-elect Obama made 'the future we seek for our children' an important component of his presidential campaign. As Senator, President-elect Obama is one of 69 members of Congress, more than 600 national organizations and over 700 individuals that have united to urge the convening of a 2010 White House Conference on Children and Youth.

No such conference has been held since 1970, making it almost 40 years without the White House bringing the focus of the nation to examine the state of our children.

View more specifics on the 2010 White House Conference on Children and Youth.

To schedule an interview with CWLA Spokesperson Linda Spears, contact the press office at 703/412-2439 or email:

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