April 16, 2009

Opportunities for Advocacy Activism

White House Conference on Child Welfare
The Child Welfare League of America is asking for support for a White House Conference on Child Welfare in 2010. There hasn't been such a conference since 1970, and it is long overdue!

In addition to being a mechanism to raise awareness on child advocacy issues, such a conference could be the means to better interaction of child welfare agencies, information sharing and broad based problem solving on a host of issues from kinship care to proper CPS protocol. It is essential for the welfare of American children that child advocacy be brought before the President of one of the only developed nations not to sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
Oprah is calling for the reauthorization of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The Act will expire in July 2009. The Act has been criticized for its over-breadth and the effect on low level sex offenders who are also subject to registry, and it is certainly not without its civil rights challenges. However, without its reauthorization there is no strong, federal interim protection for children against sexual predators.

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