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CWLA Releases Statement Following Russian Adopted Child Incident

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Shawn Flaherty
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Arlington, VA (April 12, 2010) -- In light of media reports concerning the Tennessee adoptive parent who tried to return a seven year-old adopted boy to Russia by sending him on a flight back by himself, The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the nation's largest and oldest membership-based child welfare nonprofit, released the following statement from Christine James-Brown, CWLA's CEO:

"As a leading voice for vulnerable US children, we at CWLA were saddened by the unthinkable act of returning a child in this way. It furthers our resolve that adoptive parents need pre-adoptive training and post-adoption services. These are crucial elements to successful adoptions. In fact, we support making pre-adoptive training mandatory for every adoption--currently it is not. We understand that adopting and parenting can be challenging. However with the right support and training, it can be incredibly rewarding too. For the sake of all children, we need to ensure that all adoptive parents have the resources they need to be successful."

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CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Through its programs, publications, research, conferences, professional development, and consultation, CWLA speaks with authority and candor about the status and the needs of American children, young people, and families. As the nationally recognized standard-setter for child welfare services, CWLA provides direct support to agencies that serve children and families, improving the quality of the services they provide to more than nine million children every year.

Since 1920, CWLA has been the nation's preeminent membership-based organization dedicated to ensuring that disadvantaged and vulnerable children are protected from harm and have the tools and resources they need to grow into healthy and happy adults. CWLA is the trusted authority for professionals who work with children and the only national organization with public and private member agencies working across all sectors of the children's services field.

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