Join Us for Making Children a Priority: Leading Change

Are You Concerned about Addressing Children’s Needs in Federal Policy? Do you wish policy makers would talk more about children and how we can ensure they are safe and have bright opportunities? Would you like to learn about what you can do to elevate children’s issues as a national priority?

If so, we invite you to register for Making Children a Priority: Leading Change, February 26-29, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal CityThe conference will provide a unique opportunity for child welfare advocates to engage their colleagues and federal policymakers around the issues of most importance to vulnerable children and families. The conference will include a pre-conference institute on Sunday, February 26, that outlines how to successfully advocate for children and families.  The conference will also feature dynamic keynote speakers, including Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman. We have invited Representatives Geoff Davis (R-KY), Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources and Karen Bass (D-CA) to accept our Advocate of the Year Awards at our Gala.

Don’t forget that Advocacy Day, Tuesday, February 28, is the largest advocacy event of the year for child welfare, human service, and behavioral health professionals. And this year it is more important than ever to maximize our support for child welfare and policy reforms! One of the most critical activities an advocate can do is to promote your child welfare priorities on Capitol Hill.

Advocacy workshops at this year’s conference include:

  • Federal Budget Battle and Child Welfare Services
  • The New England Youth Coalition: A Model for Regional Youth-Led Advocacy
  • What’s New in the World of Child Welfare Reform
  • National Youth in Transition Database: Youth Voices Advocating for Change
  • National Kinship Summit’s Next Steps: Developing a Unified Federal Policy on Informal Kinship Care
  • Youth As Advocates

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