From the Editor's Desk
We are pleased to begin this issue with an introduction. On April 2, CWLA welcomed Christine James-Brown as its new President and CEO.
CWLA's Board of Directors appointed James-Brown as CWLA's next leader following a yearlong, nationwide search. She replaces Shay Bilchik, who stepped down from his position at the League in February to establish and direct the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and Systems Integration at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Throughout her career, James-Brown has worked to help nonprofit health and human service organizations grow their ability to serve children and families through foundation and corporate philanthropy. James-Brown comes to CWLA from United Way International, where she served for the past three years as President and CEO.
She also served 10 years as President and CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she directed a staff of 130 and managed an annual fundraising effort, raising more than $50,000,000. As President and CEO of United Way International, she was responsible for the organization's global efforts aimed at building and supporting the growth of philanthropy in more than 45 countries.
In the coming months, James-Brown will be personally introducing herself to many CWLA members, as well as refining her vision for CWLA's future. She touches on this vision here in her first Executive Directions column for Children's Voice.
Also in this issue, as is customary, we feature articles to enhance your daily work with children and families. For agency leaders, "Lessons in Leadership," by Phil Coltoff, outlines lessons he learned over 24 years leading the Children's Aid Society. For readers working directly with youth, "Job Coaching" offers helpful tips on what you can do to make sure kids transition successfully into the workforce. For those working directly with parents, "Creating Parenting-Rich Communities: A Tale of Three Cities" offers ideas on how to better support and engage parents, as demonstrated by three different communities.
And finally, "Adoption Without Boundaries" explores how child welfare workers and prospective adoptive parents alike are taking advantage of the AdoptUsKids initiative and website to find and provide homes for kids needing loving families. With May being National Foster Care Month, now is a good time to visit, or revisit, www.adoptuskids.org to view photolistings of children needing homes, and read new articles posted to the site. Or visit www.fostercaremonth.org to learn more about how this year's National Foster Care Month campaign is building brighter futures for children.
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