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[...] the Fostering Connections for Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 was recently signed into law - one of the most significant bills to address the needs of the 500,000 children in foster care in two decades and President-elect Barack Obama and his administration offer great hope for the future.

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									LeadershipLens                                       Christine James-Brown



“I   t was the best of times, it was the
     worst of times.” This famous first
     line from Charles Dickens’s A Tale
                                              Connections for Success and Increasing
                                              Adoptions Act. This new legislation is
                                              only the initial building block for true
                                              transformation of how services are
                                                                                         making” rather than “clock building,”
                                                                                         cutting things like marketing, resource
                                                                                         development, and membership dues.
                                                                                         To serve children and families best, we
of Two Cities is one of the most quoted
lines in literature, and I think it most      organized and delivered. CWLA has          all need to make sure that we are not
correctly describes the situation in          already begun preparing for imple-         penny-wise and pound-foolish.
which we in the child welfare world           mentation of this law by involving             CWLA will continue to do what we
find ourselves today. On one hand, we         members in the process. As members,        do best by pulling together the tremen-
are facing an economic crisis that will       you have a significant role to play in     dous knowledge and experience within
challenge our ability to continue to          crafting concrete steps in your area to    our member network with a special
serve thousands of children and fami-         maximize the opportunities the legis-      focus on helping members and the peo-
lies whose needs will increase as they        lation offers, such as collaboration       ple you serve survive and thrive in the
struggle to make ends meet. On the            between public and private agencies.       new economy. We will provide oppor-
other hand, the Fostering Connections             In response to the turnover in the     tunities for members to learn from each
for Success and Increasing Adoptions          federal leadership of this country,        other, network, and commiserate. We
Act of 2008 was recently signed into          CWLA is making sure that President-        will do even more to ensure that the
law—one of the most significant bills         elect Obama is fully informed of the       interests of the children and families
to address the needs of the 500,000           significance of this act and of all of the you serve are represented at the national
children in foster care in two decades—       key issues pertaining to our mission.      level as one voice and to demonstrate
and President-elect Barack Obama and          Immediately after his victory, we sent     that it is not just about the need for
his administration offer great hope for       a transition document* with recom-         organizations to make it through an
the future. The fact that these things        mendations to his team. We will also       economic crisis, it is about improving
are happening at the same time pro-           enlist his leader-                                       life circumstances for chil-
vides one of the greatest challenges and      ship, and that of             
								
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