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CWLA Consultant Nominated as 'Angel'

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas selected Etta Lappen Davis as a 2009 Angel in Adoption for her outstanding work with adoption issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption program, was scheduled to honor Lappen Davis, along with more than 190 Angels, at an awards ceremony and gala event in Washington, DC, at the end of September.

From a beginning as a music therapist through her transition into an ethical adoption advocate, Lappen Davis has worked to better children's lives for more than 25 years. She is currently head of Etsky Consulting, which she founded in 1998; CWLA is among the public and nongovernmental organizations that contract with her for consultation on best practices in child welfare and adoption, especially intercountry adoption.

The Angels in Adoption program is CCAI's signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. In addition to the more than 190 local angels from around the country, several National Angels will also be recognized at the ceremony and gala for their dedication and commitment to child welfare.

Several CWLA member agencies were also honored as Angels in Adoption this year, including the Children's Home Society of Florida, The Villages, and the Lund Family Center. For more information, visit www.ccainstitute.org.

Get CEUs from Your Desk with CWLA Webinars



Throughout the fall and winter, CWLA will present a full slate of webinars with sessions covering executive conversations, practice excellence, and data use. Online registration is available, with an option for 1.5 Continuing Education Units per webinar-and the CEU fee is included in registration costs for members. Each webinar is $40 for member agencies and $60 for nonmembers. Upcoming dates and topics are listed below; for more information, updates, and registration, visit www.cwla.org/conferences/teleconference-webinar.htm.

CEO/COO/Board Members Strategic Conversations Series
October 23 - What Nonprofit CEOs Should Know about What State Child Welfare Commissioners Need
November 13 - Funding Challenges and Diversification
December 11 - Reengineering Services: From Caring for Children to Delivering Results
January 8 - Senior Staff and Succession Planning
January 22 - Preparing Next Generation Leaders

Practice Excellence
October 30 - Effective Ways for Choosing Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Practices
December 4 - Prevention Across the Child Welfare Continuum: What Is It and What Does It Look Like?
December 18 - When a Child Dies: Special Review as a Program Improvement Tool, Part 2

Data: More Than a Four-Letter Word
November 6 - Child and Family Services Reviews
November 20 - Data 201: Federal Child Welfare Outcome Measures

CWLA Begins New Partnership with Adoption Institute

CWLA and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute are forming a strategic partnership to enhance the efficacy of their current work to forge important new projects together and to increase the overall impact of two of the nation's leading organizations dedicated to helping children and families. CWLA and the Adoption Institute will remain independent entities, but will formally collaborate on specific research, work products, trainings, advocacy, and other programs and projects designed to improve laws, policies, and practices in the fields of adoption, foster care, and child welfare.

"This groundbreaking partnership brings together two highly effective organizations that richly complement each other's work, so it will enable us to better serve our members, make a greater contribution to the field, and most important, improve the lives of millions of people every day," said Christine James-Brown, CWLA's President and CEO. Adam Pertman, Director of the Adoption Institute, answers questions about the partnership in this issue's "One on One" Q&A, on page 38.

A few examples of the wide range of work on which the organizations will initially collaborate are: increasing the number of children, especially children of color, adopted from foster care; planning a White House Conference on Children and Youth; and developing best practices for adoption agency work with gay and lesbian parents.

Recognize Innovation with CWLA Awards

CWLA and the Walker Trieschman Center are partnering to present a new competition for two awards focusing on two aspects of workforce development. The first, the David Leiderman Award, will broadly cover leadership training and leadership development, while the Albert E. Trieschman Award will center on the development and support of frontline child welfare workers, including but not limited to family support and home-based workers, child protection caseworkers, foster parents, front-line supervisors, child care workers, youth workers, and parent partners. For this first year, eligibility will be limited to CWLA member agencies and partners; employees of the Walker Trieschman Center will be ineligible. First-place winners for both awards will win a cash prize.

Of course, the new workforce awards are just some of the many awards that CWLA will present at its national conference in January. Children and youth helping their peers in their own communities and nationwide will receive Kids to Kids awards; the Anna Quindlen awards will honor journalists who cover child welfare issues; and companies who create positive change regionally and nationally for children and families will win Corporate Friend or Corporate Advocate awards, and only CWLA members can nominate corporations for these awards. Last year, CWLA introduced the Fostering Educational Success award, which honors colleges and universities that have programs to aid foster care alumni in their pursuit of higher education.

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