Pledge to ask my Senators and Representative to raise the bar for children and families.

I pledge to ask my Senators and Representative to raise the bar for children and families.

Hundreds of child welfare professionals are heading to Capitol Hill to advocate for policies that raise the bar for children and their families. Will you join them? 

Advocacy Day, a main event of the CWLA Annual Conference, is Tuesday, April 16th. Guided by the CWLA 2013 Legislative Agenda and Priorities for Congress, conference participants will talk with federal legislative offices from their experiences working with vulnerable children and families.

Can't make it to the conference? You can still be a part of Advocacy Day. Call your U.S. Senators and Representative and tell them you support CWLA's Priorities for Congress. Call the Capitol switchboard to be connected, dial 202-224-3121.

THE MESSAGE TO YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE: Congress should raise the bar for children and families. In this legislative session, I want you to 1. Protect funding for programs serving vulnerable children and families 2. Increase access to mental health services, and 3. Invest in a continuum of early care and education resources.

BACKGROUND: This year's CWLA Legislative Agenda was inspired by the new CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare, a new set of overarching standards for all individuals, organizations, and communities that unify the existing programmatic CWLA Standards of Excellence

The CWLA National Blueprint recognizes that responsibility for the well-being of children and youth begins with their families and extends beyond traditional child welfare organizations and services. Everyone—families, communities, providers, and organizations—has a responsibility for ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of all children and youth. The document raises the bar for everyone caring for and about children and youth. It is intended to be a foundation upon which families, communities, providers, and other organizations can create the greatest opportunities for all children and youth to succeed and flourish.

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