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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.
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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