Child Welfare League of America Supports the Act to Leave No Child Behind

Child Welfare League of America
Wednesday, 23 May 2001

May 23, 2001, Washington, DC -- Shay Bilchik, Executive Director of the Child Welfare League of America, announced today its support of the Act to Leave No Child Behind. The legislation is a comprehensive proposal intended to protect children, strengthen families, and create equitable opportunities for every American child.

Mr. Bilchik said, "The ambitious scope of the Act reflects the great unmet health, social, and educational needs of millions of children and youth. Our unprecedented knowledge and national wealth have prompted this historic legislation and all its promise."

We are pleased that the Act to Leave No Child Behind, legislation introduced today by Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Representative George Miller (D-CA), sets forth a new vision for our children. This comprehensive bill challenges Congress and the Administration to provide new supports for them in a variety of ways.

We are also pleased that the legislation addresses the problem of child abuse and neglect. Nearly three million children a year, over 7,900 children a day, are reported to state and local child welfare agencies because family members, professionals, or other citizens are concerned about their safety and well-being. This bill takes an important step by providing comprehensive supports to both abused and neglected children, and families who are at risk of entering the child welfare system.

Mr. Bilchik said, "We share a common mission with the diverse groups that have joined together to support this legislation. It is CWLA's belief that every child and youth has an intrinsic value to society and is entitled to be nurtured, be protected, be provided the chance to develop to his or her full potential, and to be given the opportunity to contribute to the common good of society." Mr. Bilchik pledged his organization's support of the movement to Leave No Child Behind.

Established in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CWLA strives to advance sound public policy on behalf of the more than three million abused, neglected, and vulnerable children served by its more than 1,170 public and private member agencies. To further its mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the well-being of all children and families, CWLA conducts research, develops standards of best practice, hosts regional and national conferences, provides comprehensive, field-based consultation and professional development services, and is the largest publisher of child welfare materials in the world.

For more information, or to contact Child Welfare League of America, see their website at: www.cwla.org

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