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CWLA Reaches Out in Wake of Newtown Shootings

In response to the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Massachusetts, CWLA posted the following message to our social media outlets, along with links for resources to our partners at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which provides information on helping children cope with school- related violence.

CWLA would like to send our sincere condolences to the families, loved ones, and community members affected by today's shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut. We believe that children are our greatest gift so the news of today's tragedy that has already claimed the lives of over two dozen individuals, mostly children attending the school, is truly devastating. While we envision a world where every child will grow up in a safe, loving, and stable family, we recognize that events like today will unfortunately still take place. As a result, we stand willing and ready to offer resources and support to the community during this time of grief. Again, as we continue to learn more about what unfolded today in the Fairfield County Community, we send our thoughts and prayers out to all who have been touched by this heartbreaking tragedy.

In March, 2013, officials from the Town of Newtown responded with a simple note of appreciation: a postcard sent to Christine James-Brown, CWLA's president and CEO. The postcard can be viewed here: http://www.cwla.org/advocacy/postcard.jpg.

For more about CWLA's advocacy work, see http://www.cwla.org/advocacy/.

"The Fosters" Premieres on ABC Family

The original series "The Fosters"--a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family, composed of foster and biological children, being raised by two mothers--premiered on ABC Family on Monday, June 3. The series, produced by Jennifer Lopez, will explore and highlight the issues and challenges faced by children in foster care, their caregivers, and their siblings.

The premise of "The Fosters" speaks to the message of CWLA's recently released National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare, which states that, "Families, communities, and all other entities should recognize the primacy of role models and connections to the development of strong and healthy racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identity. Families raising children and youth of different races, cultures, and ethnicities must have resources available for helping them to understand those differences, and to help their children and youth to learn about, embrace, and thrive with a strong sense of who they are. They should understand the tasks involved in raising children and youth with healthy racial and ethnic identities, and should be provided with resources and tools as needed."

You can find out more about "The Fosters" at http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/shows/the-fosters, and about CWLA's National Blueprint at http://www.cwla.org/programs/standards/blueprint.htm.

CWLA National Conference - April 14-17, 2013

More than 500 child welfare professionals attended CWLA's 2013 annual conference, "Making Children and Families a Priority: Raising the Bar," held from April 14-17 in Washington, DC. The conference's theme centered on the key elements of the newly released National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare. Through workshops, lectures, panel discussions, plenary sessions, and our Annual Hill Day -- featuring visits to national offices and legislative briefings--conference attendees were given the opportunity to learn from evidence-informed, evidence-based practices and real-world projects that demonstrate successful thinking in support of children, youth, and families.

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