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Looking Back at "Leading a New Era"

In late January, just before historic snowfalls hit the nation's capital, child welfare advocates from every corner of the country came together for CWLA's national conference and 90th anniversary celebration. Children 2010: Leading a New Era included more than 70 workshops, brand new events like speed networking, our signature Advocacy Day, a celebratory gala and awards dinner, and innumerable experts from the field.

Representatives from CWLA's founding agencies played a part in many events throughout the conference, especially at the gala January 26 and the luncheon January 27, where several awards were given. CWLA and the Walker Trieschman Center presented two new workforce awards. The Liederman Award recognizes excellence in leadership training and development, and went to member agency The Children's Village. The Trieschman Award applauds extraordinary support and development of frontline workers, and was given to the Missouri Children's Division. CWLA was proud to present a posthumous Child Advocate Legacy Award to Senator Edward M. Kennedy for his lifetime of service and his legislative career devoted to helping vulnerable populations. Freelance journalist Daniel Heimpel took the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism not just for his stories about the foster care system in Los Angeles, but also for a new initiative to get more positive stories in all media across the country: Fostering Media Connections www.fosteringmediaconnections.org). After a successful partnership with the Warm a Child's Night campaign collecting sleepwear for children, CWLA awarded Sleepy's, the Mattress Professionals, with this year's Corporate Advocate of the Year Award. The Kids-to-Kids National Service Award was presented to Bilaal Rajan who, despite his youth, has already had tremendous success raising funds for vulnerable children across the globe. Recently, President & CEO Christine James-Brown invited those who attended the conference to share feedback and suggestions for future conferences. If you were unable to participate on the call, send an e-mail to CJamesBrown@cwla.org with your thoughts. Stay connected with CWLA and visit www.cwla.org for more announcements and events celebrating our 90 years of serving children.

New Children's Voice Website

CWLA recently launched a new website for Children's Voice. Visit www.cwla.org/voice for articles from the current issue and archives, in an improved and friendlier reading format. The new website also makes it easier to share articles with friends by clicking on the "share" button at the top of each article. Also, be sure to click on any sidebar or advertisement to see them pop up on the page!

Days at the Museum

At least two CWLA member agencies have been taking advantage of having children's museums in their communities recently. The Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents, Inc., sponsored a day of family fun at The Children's Museum in West Hartford on February 14. CAFAP distributed a limited number of free and reduced tickets to its licensed foster and adoptive families, as well as families involved in the pre-licensing process.

In Indiana, a program developed by the Department of Child Services and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis provides licensed foster parents and their birth and foster children with a free museum membership for one year. In the past year, this program has allowed more than 650 families from 72 Indiana counties to visit the museum--good progress toward the museum's goal of sharing its exhibits with every Indiana family. For more details about the program, visit www.childrensmuseum.org/fosterfamilies/index.htm.

The Providence Children's Museum runs a program called Families Together for families referred by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Parents and children near reunification have their visits at the museum and get an opportunity to play and learn together, as described in an article in the January/February 2009 Children's Voice.

Does your agency have a similar partnership with a local museum, zoo, aquarium, or other business? Have you been thinking about starting a program like any of the above? Share your experience with CWLA, and let others benefit from what you've learned. Send a letter to the editor to voice@cwla.org.

Changes for Child Welfare Journal

SidebarSeveral updates for CWLA's bimonthly journal have just been announced. Starting with the first issue of 2010, Child Welfare has a new cover design, with a navy blue background and a photo that will change with every issue. Subscription rates for the journal--still well below comparable titles--will increase this spring, so if you've been considering a subscription, don't delay.

Also, CWLA is proud to announce that individual journal articles are now available for purchase online as PDF downloads. Browse abstracts and purchase electronic copies of articles for $9.95 at www.cwla.org/articles/
cwjabstracts.htm
. Remember, one of the benefits of CWLA membership is access to PDF copies of the current volume of Child Welfare via the members-only website, www.cwla.org/
membersonly
. Enter the site with your member number and password, and click on "Child Welfare journal" in the section called National Information.

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