VIRTUAL ADVOCACY DAY: As a part of the CWLA Annual Conference, on Tuesday, April 16th 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?
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. They are telling Congress to raise the bar for children and families by, 1. protecting funding for programs serving vulnerable children and families 2. increasing access to mental health services, and 3. investing in a continuum of early care and education resources.
Add your voice by calling your U.S. Senators and Representative and tell them you support CWLA’s Priorities for Congress. Click here to pledge your participation and get details for calling.
INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT PICTURE CAMPAIGN: Also on April 16th, the Supreme Court will be hearing the case, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). For 35 years, ICWA has promoted best child welfare practice by requiring proper notice and active efforts to preserve family and community ties before placement. In this way, the law represents a CWLA Child Welfare Standard of Excellence, and CWLA supports upholding ICWA in an amicus brief for the upcoming hearing.
To raise awareness about preserving this best practice, CWLA is launching a picture campaign to show that culture matters for kids to flourish. The pictures are intended to remind us of the importance of cultural connections, despite the need to intervene on behalf of a child’s safety.
Take and post a picture of yourself with a cultural item that is meaningful to you. Join us in asserting that culture matters for kids to flourish. Click here to learn more and post your picture.