Fear of failure can be a deterring factor in our country’s willingness to take a chance and truly change the way we approach and practice child welfare. For the past decade I am proud to say that I have had the honor of working with a group of outstanding citizens who have put aside their fear and stepped up to the plate to become social change agents.
People who think that children who experience foster care
are worthy of our widespread investment.
People who think that it is wise to act now.
People who think that working together means improved life trajectories.
People who think that it is time to give Americans a vision of child welfare
that is broader than the issues of child abuse and neglect.
Since 2001 I have had the pleasure of working with people of all ages who think child welfare should be optimistic: visionaries and philanthropists, social workers and foster/adoptive parents, educators and legislators, the finest minds in housing, young people experiencing foster care, child advocates and concerned citizens of all ages who are eager to support the health and well-being of our children experiencing foster care everywhere in America.
Standing shoulder to shoulder, we are working with front line social work leaders to help transform the child welfare system so that it becomes a vibrant and innovative place where reasonable and responsible people of all ages come together and create new realities for all of our children.
Please join us! We are taking Re-Envisioning Foster Care to other states in 2011.
Our plan: To pick up where we left off after our first Massachusetts REFC Conference in November, continue to work together on behalf of our children in the Commonwealth, and make our way west this spring to share the learning. We’re going to help inspire innovation and raise the level of the public debate. Let that be our legacy!