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"On-the-Line" with CWLA

SPEAKING FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN — “On-the-Line” with CWLA, is hosted by Linda Spears, Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs at the Child Welfare League of

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SPEAKING FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN — “On-the-Line” with CWLA, is hosted by Linda Spears, Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs at the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), is a thought-provoking, interactive Internet based live radio program focusing on subjects, stories and strategies that are of special interest to child welfare policymakers, providers, practitioners and the general public. “On-the-Line” with CWLA, broadcast LIVE on Wednesday’s, 2:00pm – 2:30pm EST features in-depth and timely discussions with leading child welfare experts, agents and advocates; with the leadership and representatives from CWLA’s member agencies; and with local and national political figures who are all working to improve America's child welfare paradigm—and provides a public platform for child welfare professionals who stand and speak for vulnerable children and youth nationwide. “On-the-Line” with CWLA is a production of the Child Welfare League of America, based in Arlington, Virginia.

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Kids & Family

Episodes

“Parenting Principles For Positive Child and Adolescent Development”

May 6, 2010 00:32:00

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Call in and share your questions and comments on this week’s edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” featuring youth development expert, Dr. Michael J. Wriston who shares important information about common mistakes that parents make and ways for parents to identify and nurture their children’s talents. To Join The Conversation … Call (347) 326-9411.

“Why Children’s Mental Health Matters”

Apr 29, 2010 00:32:00

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Call in and share your questions and comments on this week’s edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” about the 5th annual National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 6th, which is intended to raise awareness and increase understanding about the mental health needs of children and their families.

“Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention in American Indian Communities”

Apr 22, 2010 00:32:00

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Call in and share your questions and comments on this week’s edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” that features an engaging conversation about the resources and support services that are needed to raise awareness and prevent child abuse in American Indian communities.

“Triple P: A Multi-level Model For Parenting and Family Support”

Apr 15, 2010 00:32:00

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Call in and share your questions and comments on this week’s edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” about Triple P — the parenting and family support program that helps to build positive behaviors in children, confidence in parents' abilities and community support for raising children.

“Strengthening Families At-Risk Through Home-Based Services”

Apr 8, 2010 00:32:00

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Join the live conversation on this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” to talk about family preservation and reunification through home based services to keep families together and prevent children from being removed from their homes because of child abuse and neglect.

“Support Services For Pregnant and Parenting Young Moms At-Risk”

Apr 1, 2010 00:32:00

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Join the conversation on this edition of "On-the-Line with CWLA” about support services for pregnant and parenting young Moms who are homeless, in foster care or involved with the juvenile justice system.

“How Healthcare Reform Helps Kids & Families Plus, A Community Of Adoptive Families For Foster Kids"

Mar 25, 2010 00:47:00

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This week, “On-the-Line with CWLA” presents a 45 minute edition of the program covering two thought-provoking topics. During the first segment, Linda’s guest gives a preview of how the passage of the historic health care reform bill helps America’s vulnerable children, youth and families. The second segment features informative insights about an acclaimed multigenerational model neighborhood that was created to provide foster children with adoptive families in a cohesive and caring community, and the vital role of senior citizens as surrogate grandparents.

“A Conversation With … Country Music Sensation, Jimmy Wayne” (PRE-RECORDED)

Mar 18, 2010 00:32:00

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Country music sensation Jimmy Wayne joins Linda Spears for a half hour pre-recorded interview about his groundbreaking road trip for a cause — a solo walk of nearly 1,700 miles across the country from Nashville to Phoenix in a courageous campaign to help teens aging out of foster care.

“Survival Strategies for Non-Profits in a Troubled Economy”

Mar 11, 2010 00:32:00

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Call in and share your strategies for conquering financial concerns in these tough economic times along with Linda’s guest Dr. Jeremy Kohomban, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Village, based Dobbs Ferry, New York.

“Help and Hope for Homeless Teen Mothers”

Mar 4, 2010 00:32:00

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Call in and join the live conversation about help for homeless teenage mothers on this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” featuring Lorraine Hargrave, a former foster youth who experienced homelessness as a teenage mother. On the program, Lorraine shares her personal story of triumph over homelessness as a young mother and talks about the help and hope she is providing for homeless teenage mothers and their children in Solano County, California through the non-profit organization she founded in June 2000.

“Reducing Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System” RESCHEDULED FROM 2-10-10

Feb 25, 2010 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” originally scheduled for broadcast on February 10, 2010 features an engaging conversation about the over-representation of minority youth at all stages in the juvenile justice system, and insights about the system-wide policies, practices and programs are needed to reduce and eventually eliminate this disparity nationwide.

“A Conversation With … Dr. Steve Perry, Renowned Principal With A Cause”

Feb 18, 2010 00:32:00

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On this special monthly edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” the nationally renowned outspoken principal, Dr. Steve Perry joins guest host Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO for a thought-provoking conversation about his visionary and demanding approach to education that’s producing stunning school success at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, and his courageous crusade calling for education reform to fix America’s failing public schools.

“Reducing Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System” RESCHEDULED TO AIR ON 2-24-10

Feb 11, 2010 00:32:00

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***PLEASE NOTE*** We were unable to broadcast this entire episode because of a power outage related to the inclement weather on the east coast. This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” will air on February 24, 2010. It will feature an in-depth conversation about the over-representation of minority youth at all stages in the juvenile justice system, and what system-wide policies, practices and programs are needed to reduce and eventually eliminate this disparity nationwide.

“Homeless Advocate’s Social Media Campaign To Help The Homeless”

Feb 4, 2010 00:32:00

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On this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” Mark Horvath, who was once a Hollywood distribution executive making a six-figure salary talks his personal experience with homelessness, and how this experience inspired him to use the power of Social Media to bring national attention to the growing crisis of homelessness in America — especially the ever-increasing number of homeless families.

"From Foster Care to Yale Senior and the Attention of Glamour Magazine"

Jan 28, 2010 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features former foster child, Lily Dorman-Colby now a senior at Yale University and a phenomenal young leader who was featured in Glamour magazine's October 2009 issue for her dauntless efforts to reform America’s foster care system.

“Help For Haitian Orphans Awaiting American Adoption”

Jan 21, 2010 00:32:00

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This monthly special edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features an engaging dialogue with Tracey Blustein, Executive Director of the Adoption Alliance, based in Denver, Colorado who talks about the agency’s role in uniting Haitian orphans with their waiting adoptive families in America in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

“CWLA’s National Conference Goers Unite On Capitol Hill”

Jan 14, 2010 00:32:00

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Tim Briceland-Betts and John Sciamanna, CWLA’s Co-Directors of Government Affairs join Linda Spears for an in-depth conversation about the critical child welfare priorities that will be presented to our nation’s political leaders when hundreds of CWLA conference goers make Capitol Hill visits on Advocacy Day at CWLA’s national conference.

“The Challenges of Identity Development in Transracial and International Adoption”

Jan 7, 2010 00:32:00

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Call in and join the live conversation on this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” that features Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute for an in-depth conversation about the key findings and recommendations drawn from the Institute’s recent study on the challenges of identity development in transracial and international adoption.

CWLA Replay -- “A Conversation With … Television’s Divorce Court Judge, Lynn Toler”

Dec 31, 2009 00:32:00

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A rebroadcast of the monthly special edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” that originally aired on February 18, 2009 featuring Judge Lynn Toler who talks about her remarkable journey from a difficult childhood to judgeship and television star.

CWLA Replay -- “A Conversation With … Bilaal Rajan: A Twelve Year Old Fundraising Phenomenon”

Dec 24, 2009 00:32:00

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A rebroadcast of the monthly special edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” that originally aired on June 10, 2009 featuring 12 year old Bilaal Rajan — a tireless “fundraising wonderkid” who has raised millions to help children in need all over the world.

“Small Town Church On A Mission To Adopt Foster Children”

Dec 17, 2009 00:32:00

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On this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” Bishop W.C. Martin joins Linda Spears to share the inspiring true story about his small town church congregation with a big heart for adopting scores of African American foster children.

“A Conversation With Chris James-Brown” … CWLA’s President and CEO

Dec 10, 2009 00:32:00

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This month’s special edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features Chris James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO who talks about CWLA’s upcoming national conference in January 2010 and the progress of CWLA’s campaign calling for the Obama Administration to re-establish the White House Conference for Children and Youth in the year 2010!

“Camp to Belong: Reuniting Separated Siblings in Foster Care”

Dec 3, 2009 00:32:00

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Lynn Price, a former foster child and founder of “Camp to Belong,” joins Linda Spears to talk about the non-profit organization’s nationally recognized summer camps dedicated to reuniting siblings that have been placed in separate foster, adoptive or kinship homes for a week empowering experiences and fun while building sibling connections.

“A Conversation With … E. R. Frank, Novelist Who Inspired Lifetime TV Movie About Foster Care”

Nov 26, 2009 00:32:00

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A rebroadcast of the “On-the-Line with CWLA” program that originally aired on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 featuring the award winning author E. R. Frank. E. R. Frank joins guest host Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO to talk about the inspiration for her book “America” which was adapted into a compelling Lifetime Television original movie starring Rosie O’Donnell and Ruby Dee.

“A Conversation With Ama Saran” … Chair of Music Superstar Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation

Nov 19, 2009 00:32:00

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This month’s special edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features an enlightening conversation about the work of the international music superstar Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation that was established to bring attention and resources to the cause of improving the quality of life for the children and youth in America’s child welfare system.

“A Conversation With Barbara Ehrenreich: Author of the Bestselling Book, Nickel and Dimed”

Nov 12, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features bestselling author, Barbara Ehrenreich for a thought-provoking conversation about her undercover experience as a non-skilled, low-wage worker trying to get by in America — the focus of her New York Times bestselling book, Nickel and Dimed. Barbara will also share perspectives that are drawn from a difficult health battle that became the inspiration for her latest book, “Bright-Sided,” that was released last month.

AdoptUsKids National Adoption Recruitment Campaign

Nov 5, 2009 00:32:00

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An informative discussion about AdoptUs Kids National Adoption Recruitment Campaign in partnership with the Children’s Bureau and the Ad Council that aims raise awareness of the significant number of children in America that are waiting to be adopted

“The Youth Promise Act: Preventing Juvenile Crime and Gang Activity”

Oct 29, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features U. S. Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) for an informative discussion about the Youth Promise Act — key legislation that Congressman Scott introduced to provide resources and support for prevention and intervention strategies to combat juvenile delinquency and gang activity, and dialogue about the highlights of the Act’s policy recommendations for alternatives to juvenile incarceration.

“A Conversation With Bob Danzig ... The Journey From Foster Child to National CEO”

Oct 22, 2009 00:32:00

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A rebroadcast of the special monthly edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA, with Bob Danzig who joined guest host Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO to talk about his incredible journey from foster child to the national chief executive of The Hearst Newspaper Group.

"Preventing Child Abductions"

Oct 15, 2009 00:32:00

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The shocking story of Jaycee Dugard, a child who was abducted and held captive for 18 years has heightened both the public’s and parent’s concerns about child abductions. On this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” Nancy McBride, National Safety Director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children joins Linda Spears to discuss important facts about child abductions and practical safeguards to help parents protect their children from being abducted.

“The Cost Savings Of Extended Foster Care”

Oct 8, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features important insights from the March 2009 report that examines the potential costs and benefits of extended foster care, and a look at key provisions of the 2008 Fostering Connections legislation that will provide much needed support for youth aging out of America’s foster care system.

“Higher Standards for Children’s Early Care and Education”

Oct 1, 2009 00:32:00

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Improving the early care and education of America’s children is the focus of the next edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” when Linda’s guest talks about legislation, policies and practices to structure quality early care and education systems, and strengthen families so that America’s children grow up with the solid foundation they need for success in school and life.

“A Conversation With … Olivia Golden: A National Authority on Child Welfare Reform”

Sep 24, 2009 00:32:00

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This special monthly edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features a thought-provoking one-on-one conversation with Olivia Golden who talks about her celebrated work as a leading national expert on child welfare reform and the motivation for her book “Reforming Child Welfare” — a highly regarded publication that offers imperative insights for transforming America’s troubled child welfare system.

“TANF Reauthorization - Improving The Safety Net For Families and Children in Need”

Sep 17, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” will focus on the TANF Reauthorization in 2010 — an essential piece of legislation that is needed to address TANF’s shortcomings as a safety net for America’s struggling low income families, and promote the goal of greater economic self-sufficiency and improved family well-being.

A CWLA Replay -- "A Conversation with Run-DMC Rapper, Darryl McDaniels"

Sep 10, 2009 00:32:00

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Due to extenuating circumstances, we have to reschedule the program on the TANF Reauthorization in 2010 at a later date. We hope that you will enjoy the re-broadcast of our show featuring the legendary Darryl McDaniels — the "DMC" of the superstar rap group, RUN-DMC.

“School Challenges for Homeless Youth”

Sep 3, 2009 01:02:00

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“School Challenges For Homeless Youth” is the focus of this one-hour edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” featuring the remarkable success stories of homeless teens who have overcome overwhelming odds, and offer hope and encouragement to other homeless youth as positive examples that anything is possible with determination and hard work.

“A Conversation With … Erin Gruwell” … Teacher That Inspired The Blockbuster Freedom Writers Movie

Aug 27, 2009 00:32:00

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On this special monthly edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” Erin Gruwell joins guest host Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO to share the incredible true life story of how she transformed a class of troubled students into a community of bestselling authors of the widely-acclaimed Freedom Writers Diary — the book that inspired the 2007 blockbuster movie adaptation, The Freedom Writers starring Hillary Swank. Join the discussion. Call in with questions or comments … (347) 326-9411.

“A New Collaboration to Champion Changes in Child Welfare”

Aug 20, 2009 00:32:00

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On this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” Linda’s guests — Christine James-Brown, President and CEO of CWLA and Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan P. Donaldson Institute talk about the pioneering new strategic partnership between CWLA and the Adoption Institute that aims to improve laws, policies, and practices in the fields of adoption, foster care, and child welfare. Join the discussion. Call in with questions or comments … (347) 326-9411.

“The Value of Home Visitation Programs For At-Risk Families”

Aug 13, 2009 00:32:00

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On this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” Linda’s guests talk about the importance of home visitation programs to strengthen at-risk families who have little access to parenting resources, support and role models. Join the discussion. Call in with questions or comments … (347) 326-9411.

“Seclusion and Restraint – Part 2: Positive Models and Best Practices”

Aug 6, 2009 01:02:00

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This special one hour edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” is the second in the two part series of discussions on the use of seclusion and physical restraint in schools, residential facilities and boot camps. This week, On-the-Line with CWLA’s guests share important insights about positive behavior support models and best practices that have been developed to prevent the need for seclusion and restraints.

“Seclusion and Restraint – Part 1: The Issues and Concerns”

Jul 30, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features the first of a two part discussion on the issues and growing concerns about the use of seclusion and physical restraint in schools and residential facilities to manage youth with challenging behaviors and/or more serious emotional problems.

“The Case for Post Adoption Services”

Jul 23, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features an informative conversation about the critical importance of post adoption services as detailed in Voice of Adoption’s recent report … “Encouraging Adoption and Helping Families: The Case For Refocusing Federal Funding On Post Adoption Services.”

“A Conversation With … William C. Bell, President & CEO of Casey Family Programs”

Jul 16, 2009 00:32:00

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This special monthly edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features a heartwarming one-on-one conversation with William C. Bell — one of America’s leading authorities in the child welfare community and a prominent expert on foster care who talks about the celebrated work of the Casey Family Programs and its vision for the future of America’s children.

"Capitol Hill Updates"

Jul 9, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features Tim Briceland-Betts and John Sciamanna, Co-Directors of Government Affairs at CWLA who will share in-depth information on the latest developments on the Hill, and Meg Gardinier, Chair of the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child presents a commentary on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“Improving Medicaid Coverage For Children In Foster Care”

Jul 2, 2009 00:32:00

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On this edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” two experts on health care policy issues talk about why and how Medicaid needs to be improved and expanded to provide better coverage for children in America’s child welfare system.

“Parental Development in Diverse Communities”

Jun 25, 2009 00:47:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features a look at the importance of culturally sensitive approaches to parent development, parenting education and support in order to empower parents in diverse communities, promote healthy child development and build strong parent-child relationships.

“Arise Academy: The Nation’s First Charter School For Foster Kids”

Jun 18, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” features an enlightening conversation about the founding and forthcoming Fall launch of the Arise Academy Charter High School — the nation’s first charter school for foster kids.

Bilaal Rajan: A Twelve Year Old Fundraising Phenomenon”

Jun 11, 2009 00:32:00

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This special monthly edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA,” features 12 year old Bilaal Rajan — a tireless “fundraising wonderkid” who has raised millions to help children in need all over the world. Rajan joins Linda Spears to talk about his celebrated fundraising campaigns and his ambitious movement to inspire other young people worldwide to take action and help create a more peaceful and caring world.

“Guiding Lights: Motivating Foster Teens Through Peer Mentoring”

Jun 4, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” takes a look at the importance of peer mentors for youth in foster care who are greatly impacted by the loss of relationships and connections with family and childhood friends — fundamentals for the healthy and positive development of a young person.

"Protecting Drug Endangered Children"

May 28, 2009 00:32:00

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This edition of “On-the-Line with CLWA” features an informative discussion about the prevalence and the extreme dangers of children living in homes where drugs are sold, manufactured or used, and approaches to protecting the growing numbers of children throughout the country from life in these toxic environments.

“Improving Medicaid Coverage For Children In Foster Care”

May 21, 2009 00:32:00

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***Due to technical difficulties, this show did not air in its entirety. We will present this live broadcast again in a few weeks.***

“A Conversation With … Bob Danzig: The Journey From Foster Child to National CEO”

May 14, 2009 00:32:00

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On this special monthly edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA, Bob Danzig joins guest host Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO to talk about his incredible journey from foster child to the national chief executive of The Hearst Newspaper Group.

“A Worsening Problem: Homelessness Families With Children”

May 7, 2009 00:32:00

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Recent evidence confirms that the prevalence of family homelessness is on the rise. As more and more people lose their jobs and homes in the worsening economic crisis, the face of the homeless is changing due to a sharp increase in the number of homeless professionals and their families. Homelessness is a devastating experience that disrupts every aspect of everyday life for children and families. This edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA, features an in-depth look at one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population — families with children.

“The Heartwarming Adoption Story That Won A 2009 Pulitzer Prize”

Apr 30, 2009 00:32:00

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On this edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA, Lane DeGregory, a staff writer with the St. Petersburg Times talks about her 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning story, “The Girl in the Window.” DeGregory’s award winning narrative, “The Girl in the Window” is the gripping story about the liberation of a seven year old girl in Plant City, Florida who was a victim extreme and horrific neglect that stunned authorities, and her amazing recuperative powers under the love and care of the courageous couple that became her adoptive parents.

“Unsettling Times: “The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Children and Families”

Apr 23, 2009 00:32:00

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On this edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA Linda Spears and her guests take a look at the impact of the economic crisis on America’s vulnerable children and families, and how some of the public child welfare commissioners and directors are dealing with the challenges of meeting the growing need for services in the midst of major budget cuts.

“Safeguarding America’s Children From Sexual Abuse”

Apr 16, 2009 00:32:00

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The focus of this edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA is the silent epidemic of childhood sexual abuse — a widespread major public health problem in our society that affects thousands of children and adolescents in the United States each year. Ending the sexual abuse of children in everyone’s responsibility. Join us for an enlightening discussion about an innovative approach to prevention that mobilizes adults, families and communities to take actions to protect children before they are sexually abused.

“A Conversation With … E. R. Frank, Novelist Who Inspired Lifetime TV Movie About Foster Care”

Apr 9, 2009 00:32:00

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On this special monthly edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA, award winning author E. R. Frank joins guest host Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO to talk about the inspiration for her book “America” which was adapted into a compelling Lifetime Television original movie that aired in February starring Rosie O’Donnell and Ruby Dee and she shares her insights about the need for foster care reform. Frank’s book, “America” is an emotional drama that follows the life and struggles of America, a 15 year old boy who spent his entire life being shuffled through the foster care system. In addition to being an award-winning author, E. R. Frank is also a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who works with adults and adolescents in trauma.

“Gender Justice: National Medical Standards Needed For Girls In Detention”

Apr 2, 2009 00:32:00

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Girls have become the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population. Many of the girls in this population suffer from one or more serious physical or mental health problems. This edition of “On-the-Line” features an informative discussion about the National Girls Health Screen Project and the research that indicates there is a critical gap in juvenile correctional health services — the absence of national medical standards to address the physical and mental health needs of the growing numbers of girls incarcerated in America’s juvenile justice system.

“Social Work: The Past, Present and What’s Needed for the Future”

Mar 26, 2009 00:32:00

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Meeting the child welfare challenges of the 21st Century calls for a competent, well-trained and stable child welfare workforce. On this edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA a national child welfare expert shares some insights on the child welfare workforce development, the role of social work education and the practice paradigms that are needed to enhance the efficiency of frontline child welfare workers in the field.

Famous Adoptee, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of the Rap Group, RUN-DMC”

Mar 19, 2009 00:32:00

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On this special edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA, legendary rapper Darryl McDaniels joins guest host Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO for a captivating conversation about his life changing experience when he was 35 years old and discovered he was adopted; his Emmy award winning documentary: “My Adoption Journey” aired on VH-1 in 2007 that chronicles the search for his biological family; his upcoming induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and his work with children in foster care and promotion of adoption.

“Raising Him Alone: Mobilizing Support For Single Mothers Raising Sons”

Mar 12, 2009 00:32:00

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America leads the world in fatherless families. Millions of single mothers are left with the responsibility of raising children alone without a father to provide financial and emotional support. For single mothers, one of the most difficult challenges is raising boys to be strong men and good fathers without a healthy male role model in the home. On this edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA — Important insights about a movement to mobilize more support for single mothers raising sons in some of America’s toughest communities and a national initiative that educates and empowers men to become responsible involved fathers.

CWLA’s National Conference Highlights: Advancing Child Welfare Priorities For The Next Decade”

Mar 5, 2009 01:32:00

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“On-the-Line” with CWLA presents a pre-recorded 90 minute special edition featuring highlights from CWLA’s national conference — “Children Today: America's Future!”held last week at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. A series of key conference speakers and presenters, and a number of CWLA’s distinguished award winners join host Linda Spears for informative one-on-one conversations about their enlightening conference experiences.

“A Conversation With … Famous Foster Child, Victoria Rowell”

Feb 26, 2009 00:32:00

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A replay of “On the Line” with CWLA’s special monthly broadcast presentation originally aired on May 28, 2008 featuring Victoria Rowell, Hollywood actress and author who talks about her journey from foster care to fame.

“A Conversation With … Television’s Divorce Court Judge, Lynn Toler”

Feb 19, 2009 00:32:00

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This month’s special broadcast presentation of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features CWLA’s President and CEO, Christine James-Brown sitting in as guest host for a one-on-one conversation with Lynn Toler, the presiding judge of the popular daytime television syndicated series Divorce Court who talks about her difficult childhood and her remarkable journey to judgeship and television star.

“Joining Jurisdictions: Bridging The Child Welfare And Juvenile Justice Systems”

Feb 12, 2009 00:32:00

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A growing body of evidence indicates there is an undeniable connection between child abuse and juvenile delinquency. Children who suffer maltreatment are more likely to become involved with the juvenile justice system and they are more likely to need multisystem interventions that provide mental health and supported education services. However, there is a critical disconnect between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems that is common nationwide. This edition of “On-The-Line with CWLA focuses on CWLA’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems Integration Initiative — a breakthrough initiative that aims to bridge gap through the advancement of an integrated, multisystem approach to program development and service delivery.

“Easing The Emancipation: Help For Foster Youth Making The Transition To Adulthood”

Feb 5, 2009 00:32:00

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The increasing number of adolescents who are “Aging Out” of America’s foster care system have become one of the country's most vulnerable populations. Every year thousands of teens “Age Out” of the system without a connection to reliable adults and ongoing support — putting them at a higher risk for homelessness, criminality, drug abuse, and unemployment. This edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features a discussion about the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, a groundbreaking collaborative program that provides a continuum of “Safety Net” services to help young people who are “Aging Out” out of foster care become healthy, productive and financially self-sufficient adults.

“Reclaiming At Risk Youth: Strategies For Strengthening Children And Youth In Conflict”

Jan 29, 2009 00:32:00

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America’s growing population of troubled children and youth need supportive persons that respond to their needs rather than reacting to their problems. “On-the-Line With CWLA” takes a look at the “Reclaiming At-Risk Youth Revolution” — a national strength-based movement to better serve youth in conflict by training professionals, practitioners, and parents on unique best practice models that help troubled youth transform risk into resilience, rage into responsibility; problems into purpose; and obstacles into opportunities.

"A Promising Pilot Program: Agency-Based Mental Health Services for Children In Foster Care"

Jan 22, 2009 00:32:00

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Experts estimate that 42 to 60 percent of the children in foster care have emotional and behavioral problems due to the traumatic circumstances that led to their placement in care. Yet, many of the children and youth in foster care are not receiving the mental health services they need to strengthen their emotional well-being, reduce the risk of frequent placements and ultimately achieve better outcomes in life. This edition of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features a discussion about a promising new model of agency-based mental health services that are designed to significantly improve the access to mental health services for children in foster care.

“Fostering Stability: Examining The Impact Of Multiple Placements On Children In Foster Care”

Jan 15, 2009 00:32:00

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While in foster care, a significant number of children experience the instability of moving from home to home. Join us for an engaging discussion with an impassioned champion of placement stability for children in foster care who is conducting a major new study that examines the impact of multiple placements on the well-being of children in foster care — and a former foster child shares her soul-stirring experience of nearly 30 placements while in the foster care system and her lifelong commitment to changing foster care policies and practices.

"A Conversation With ... CWLA's President & CEO, Christine James-Brown"

Jan 8, 2009 00:32:00

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This month’s special broadcast presentation of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s Chief Executive who joins Tony Regusters for an informative in-depth one-on-one conversation that will focus on what CWLA hopes to accomplish in the New Year, and important child welfare priorities for the new Obama Administration — especially imperative actions that need to be taken to re-establish the White House Conference on Children and Youth in the year 2010.

“A Conversation with … Former Foster Child, Ashley Rhodes Courter”

Jan 1, 2009 00:32:00

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A replay of “On the Line” with CWLA’s special monthly broadcast presentation originally broadcast on August 20, 2008 featuring Ashley Rhodes Courter, a former foster child with an incredible story of strength and triumph over horrific conditions she experienced while in foster care.

“Emancipated Entertainers: Foster Care Alumni Sing About Life In The System”

Dec 25, 2008 00:32:00

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This week, “On the Line” with CWLA replays a program originally broadcast on June 25, 2008 featuring three members of “Uhlich Voices,” a rising group of four rappers and rhymers who are singing about their trials and tribulations growing up in foster care.

“Holiday Blues: The Impact on Children and Families”

Dec 18, 2008 00:32:00

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For many people, it’s struggle to get through the Christmas holiday season. In the face of our nation’s economic turmoil; massive housing foreclosures; high job losses; and the separation from deployed family members; the stresses on children and families this holiday season will be especially significant. Tony’s guests will discuss the reasons why the Christmas holidays tend to bring on overwhelming feelings that can be hard to shake and they will offer practical advice on remedies to relieve holiday blues.

“A Conversation With … Magazine Publishing Pioneer, Susan L. Taylor”

Dec 11, 2008 00:32:00

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This month’s special broadcast presentation of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features a one-on-one conversation with the legendary Susan L. Taylor, an icon in the world of magazine publishing and the driving force behind Essence Magazine. Susan, joins Tony Regusters for a heartwarming conversation about the National CARES Mentoring Movement that she founded in 2006 as Essence Cares. The National CARES movement — the largest mentor-recruitment effort in the history of our nation is a monumental campaign to recruit one million able adults to mentor vulnerable African American children and youth.

“Bright From The Start: Important Insights About Growing Young Minds”

Dec 4, 2008 00:32:00

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“On the Line” with CWLA presents a discussion of vital importance to parents, caregivers and child care providers about the cornerstones of an environment that fosters a child’s healthy brain development from birth to age 3—cognitive development that will maximize their learning skills and readiness for school.

“National Brand Embraces Adoption: Wendy’s Works To Find Adoptive Families For Foster Children"

Nov 27, 2008 00:32:00

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“On-the-Line” with CWLA features an enlightening discussion about the work of Wendy's Wonderful Kids, a signature program sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that was created to provide for full-time adoption recruiters in cities throughout the United States and Canada to facilitate quickly moving thousands of children from foster care into loving, permanent homes.

“A Conversation With … Former Foster Child, Reverend Darryl Armstrong”

Nov 20, 2008 00:32:00

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This month’s special broadcast presentation of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features an inviting one-on-one conversation with Reverend Darryl Armstrong—Founder and Board Chairman of the National Association of Foster Children, Inc. Armstrong, an internationally and nationally acclaimed teacher, preacher and motivational speaker is the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ.

“Sanctuaries For Older Children: An In-depth Look At The Age Limits Of Safe Haven Laws”

Nov 13, 2008 00:32:00

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Features a timely discussion about confusion over Safe Haven Laws and questions concerning protecting older children … an important issue that has made national headlines after Nebraska’s new Safe Haven Law produced unexpected results—a flurry of frustrated parents that dropped off young children and teenagers at hospitals and police stations.

“Fostering Child Welfare Reform: Policy Priorities For The New Presidential Administration”

Nov 6, 2008 00:32:00

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CWLA’s Co-directors of Government Affairs join Tony Regusters for an engaging discussion about critical child welfare issues that ought to be a high priority on the agenda of the next presidential administration.

"Adapting Adoption: A Look At Gay And Lesbian Adoption Rights"

Oct 30, 2008 00:32:00

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Two leading gay rights activists join Tony Regusters for an engaging discussion about landmark litigation and the latest developments on the issue of gay and lesbian adoptive and foster parents.

"Web-Based Learning: A New Tool For Training Child Welfare Workers"

Oct 23, 2008 00:32:00

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Two e-learning experts join Tony Regusters for a discussion about the importance of online training courses that have been developed for child welfare practitioners—especially those who work with children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

“A Conversation With … Victor Rivers, Veteran Hollywood Film Actor, Activist and Author

Oct 16, 2008 00:32:00

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To commemorate October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this month’s special broadcast presentation of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features a captivating one-on-one conversation with veteran Hollywood film actor, Victor Rivers—the national spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence who is also a survivor of horrific child abuse and a witness to dreadful domestic violence at the hands of his father.

"The Silent Shame: Latina Victims of Domestic Violence and the Impact on Their Children"

Oct 9, 2008 00:32:00

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week “On-the-Line” with CWLA features an informative discussion about domestic violence against Latina women, the effects on their children, the cultural factors of domestic violence within Latino families, and the importance of culturally appropriate intervention services that offer safe options and stability for Latina victims and their children.

“Messages of Love From Jail: Videos Help Virginia Inmates Stay In Touch With Kids”

Oct 2, 2008 00:32:00

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Carolyn LeCroy, recently featured as a CNN “Hero of the Week” joins Tony Regusters to talk about her personal experiences in prison that led her to start the Messages Project to help children stay connected with their incarcerated parents. The Messages Project visits six state prisons in Virginia three times a year to record video messages from incarcerated parents, which are mailed to their children. Since she launched the project in 1999, Carolyn her and volunteer camera crews have recorded roughly 3,000 video messages, stories, poems and wishes from inmates.

“Parental Substance Abuse: The Impact on Families and Effective Programs To Help”

Sep 25, 2008 00:32:00

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Tens of millions of American children are growing up in the shadow of alcohol and substance abuse—with a family life that is characterized by chaos and confusion, and parental behavior that is unstable—ranging from loving to withdrawn to violent. “On-the-Line” with CWLA’s guests are two nationally recognized experts who will discuss the epidemic of parental substance abuse, the devastating effects on children, families and communities nationwide, and family-focused model programs that provide an integrated system of care that supports long-term recovery and family restoration.

“Perseverance Pays Off: Homeless Teen Graduates At The Top Of His Class”

Sep 18, 2008 00:32:00

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Nicholas Shanks shares his incredible story of determination in overcoming enormous obstacles and graduating at the top of his class. From his bunk in a crowded communal room in a homeless shelter, Nicholas studied after school, drew Japanese anime figures and played video games with other teens in the shelter to pass the time. Despite disheartening family troubles that included his parents drug addiction, evictions and enduring years of cramped and chaotic living conditions in a homeless shelter, Shanks excelled in school and graduated from Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia as Valedictorian of the 2008 class with a 3.91 GPA.

“Saved For Service: Despondent Youth Survives Suicidal Nine-Story Plunge”

Sep 11, 2008 00:32:00

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In September 2007, Jordan Burnham a popular high school senior and a gifted athlete jumped from his bedroom window on the ninth floor of the apartment building where he lived. He sustained multiple fractures and experienced massive internal bleeding, but miraculously he survived. Jordan Burnham joins host, Tony Regusters for a warmhearted conversation about his dark days of depression, his silence about the suicidal thoughts that eventually overshadowed his will to live, and he shares his personal perspectives about how the plunge that was supposed to end his life has in fact given his life new meaning.

"A Conversation with ... Christine James-Brown"

Sep 4, 2008 00:32:00

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This month’s special broadcast presentation of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features a thought-provoking one-on-one conversation with Christine James-Brown, President and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) who discusses critical child welfare concerns and challenges that ought to command the attention of the next presidential administration. Yet, the magnitude of America’s child welfare crisis—a compelling and consequential concern of parents, families and professionals from educators to social service providers across the country has not been a “center stage subject” in any of the national presidential debates.

“Painful Separations: Immigration Raids Leave Many Of Their Children Behind”

Aug 28, 2008 00:32:00

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With immigration raids on the rise, a growing number of their children are faced with family separation, school disruptions, economic hardship, and psychological trauma. The unexpected workplace raids constitute enormous challenges for communities, school systems, child care providers, social service agencies and religious institutions that without warning have to act as first responders for substantial numbers children that are being left without care. “On-the-Line” with CWLA’s guests call attention to the harmful effects of the sweeping immigration raids and the urgent need for a more humane immigration policy that focuses on protecting children and keeping families united while still enforcing the law.

“A Conversation with Ashley Rhodes Courter ... The Triumph Over Horrifying Treatment In Foster Care"

Aug 21, 2008 00:32:00

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This month’s special broadcast presentation of “On-the-Line” with CWLA features a soul-stirring one-on-one conversation with Ashley Rhodes-Courter, a former foster child with an incredible story of strength, survival and triumph over horrific conditions while in foster care. Those traumatic years in foster care could have destroyed Ashley, but her frightful experience in foster care has transformed her into a tireless activist who is determined to fix America’s broken foster care system.

“Frankly Speaking: National Magazine Features The True Life Stories Of Foster Teens”

Aug 14, 2008 00:32:00

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Represent is a national bi-monthly magazine written by and for young people in the foster care system that provides an inside look at life in the system from the foster teens point of view. The magazine’s editor and two teen staff writers who characterize a different kind of child welfare expert join “On-the-Line” with CWLA’s host Tony Regusters for an inviting conversation about Represent Magazine — a unique vehicle that gives foster youth a means for sharing their experiences, encouraging one another and educating others about the stigma that still surrounds youth in care.

“The Color Blind Challenge: The Case for Changing The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act”

Aug 7, 2008 00:32:00

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Although 15 percent of American children are Black, they make up 32 percent of the 510,000 children in foster care; consistently have lower rates of adoption; and tend to stay in foster care nine months longer than white children. The Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA) supports a “color blind” approach that prohibits agencies from the policy or practice of matching a child's race with that of his or her foster parent. “On-the-Line” with CWLA’s guests discuss MEPA and the grounds for amending the “color blind” component.

“Disproportionality: A Disturbing Reality of Foster Care”

Jul 31, 2008 00:32:00

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Statistically, a child of color is more likely to be removed from the home. Once in care, children of color experience more placements, receive fewer support services, have less contact with case workers, stay in the system longer, and are less likely to be adopted or reunited with their families compared to white children. “On-the Line” with CWLA’s explores the racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparity in foster care, and the need for a more equitable system.

“Indian Child Welfare: Meeting the Challenges in Tribal Communities”

Jul 24, 2008 00:32:00

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Over 10,000 American Indian/Alaskan Native children are in foster care—a figure that often reflects a disproportionate number of children in care compared to their numbers in the general population. Although tribal communities are over-represented in the foster care, they lack adequate and reliable funding. “On-the-Line” with CWLA examines the concerns, the challenges, and the efforts to improve policies and increase funding for child welfare services in tribal communities.

“Dwindling Dollars: Eroding Foster Care Eligibility Standards”

Jul 17, 2008 00:32:00

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Despite the growing numbers of children in foster care over the past decade, fewer children in care are eligible for federal assistance because the old 1996 AFDC standards are still being used to determine eligibility for assistance. “On-the-Line with CWLA features a timely discussion about the increasing shortfall in federal support for children in care; recommendations to update eligibility standards; and news about a recent action by Congress to address some of the eligibility problems.

“A Conversation with High-Profile Celebrity Publicist — Terrie Williams”

Jul 10, 2008 00:32:00

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“On-the-Line” with CWLA presents a monthly special broadcast featuring an enlightening one-on-one interview with the high-powered public relations pro and the author of the recently released groundbreaking book … BLACK PAIN: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting. Terrie talks openly about her long-term daily struggles with clinical depression and relates compelling evidence about the epidemic of depression among African Americans, young and old who are suffering in silence.

“Advise & Consent: Ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the U.S.”

Jul 3, 2008 00:32:00

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international human rights treaty created to promote and protect the well-being of all children throughout the world. All but two of the UN’s member states have ratified this celebrated agreement except one of the richest—the United States of America and one of the poorest, Somalia. Two leading experts and a student activist join host, Tony Regusters to talk about the national campaign to ratify and implement the treaty in the U.S.

“Emancipated Entertainers: Foster Care Alumni Sing About Life In The System”

Jun 26, 2008 00:32:00

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Three members of “Uhlich Voices,” a rising group of four rappers and rhymers who grew up in foster care join host Tony Regusters for an inspiring discussion about their personal trials and tribulations in foster care and their songs of survival that are gaining national attention and giving hope to young people everywhere.

“Fragile Family Ties: Children With Parents in Prison”

Jun 19, 2008 00:32:00

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There are over 2 million children in America who have a father or mother in prison. Children with parents in prison are traumatized by separation from their parents, confused by their parent's actions, and stigmatized by the shame of their parent's situation. “On-the-Line” with CWLA’s host Tony Regusters engages three leading activists in a moving discussion about the pressing needs and emotional experiences of children with incarcerated parents.

“Action on the Hill: Second Chances For Parents After Incarceration”

Jun 12, 2008 00:32:00

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Nationwide, nearly 700,000 inmates are released from prison each year. Estimates indicate that two-thirds of the men and women leaving prison will be re-arrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within three years of release. “On-the-Line” with CWLA features a timely discussion about the Second Chance Act, a new law that aims to give former prisoners and their families a new lease on life.

“A Conversation With The Real American Gangster’s Daughter — Francine Lucas-Sinclair”

Jun 5, 2008 00:32:00

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To Francine, Frank Lucas was Daddy, but to the rest of the world Lucas was the notorious Harlem drug kingpin portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film, “American Gangster.” On this special broadcast presentation, Francine Lucas-Sinclair shares her soul stirring story of early childhood memories of the luxurious life and the traumatizing turns of events that led to a life of loneliness, shame and hiding the history of the arrests and incarcerations of her infamous father and her mother.

“A Conversation with Famous Foster Child — Victoria Rowell”

May 29, 2008 00:32:00

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The first in a new series of “On-the-Line” with CWLA monthly special broadcast presentations featuring one-on-one interviews with prominent people and personalities with a personal experience or a particular interest in America’s child welfare system. “On-the-Line” with CWLA host Tony Regusters engages in a one-on-one discussion with award winning actress Victoria Rowell, who spent 18 years in foster care and is now using her fame and good fortune to benefit America’s children in foster care.

“Happy Endings: Foster Family Success Stories”

May 22, 2008 00:32:00

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There is an ongoing need for foster parents. Unfortunately, foster parenting is often maligned by negative portrayals in the media that stigmatize the foster families and severely hinders efforts to recruit qualified foster parents. In a effort to dispel the misguided perceptions and negative portrayals of foster parents, “On-the-Line” with CWLA salutes foster families—unsung heroes whose love and guiding influence is making a difference in the lives of foster children.

"In Their Words: Foster Youth Talk About Aging Out of Foster Care"

May 15, 2008 00:32:00

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Each year, approximately 20,000 youth “Age Out” of the foster care system. What happens to foster youth when they “Age Out” of the system at the age of 18—suddenly on their own without the “Safety Net” of a permanent family? “On-the-Line” with CWLA features an adolescent currently in care and two young adult alumni of the foster care system who will share their personal experiences and thoughts about “Aging Out” of foster care.

Traumatized Children: Foster Children Have More Mental Health Needs

May 8, 2008 00:32:00

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May 8 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Because of the traumatic experiences that brought them into foster care; separation from their homes and families; and the disruption of multiple placements; foster children tend to have more mental health problems—but many are not receiving the much needed mental health services. “On-the-Line” with CWLA’s special guests share important insights on what’s needed to adequately meet the mental health needs of children in foster care.

"Policy Actions On Healthcare Coverage For Foster Children"

May 2, 2008 00:32:00

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Studies show that foster children have more chronic physical and mental health conditions than the general population of children due to the maltreatment they have experienced and the separation from their homes and families. Although foster children are eligible for Medicaid, many still do not receive adequate health services—especially for mental health conditions. “On-the-Line” with CWLA’s special guests discuss the latest policy developments on healthcare coverage for foster children.

"Policy Actions On Healthcare Coverage For Foster Children"

May 1, 2008 00:32:00

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, we were not able to broadcast today's program in its entirety. We have rescheduled the live broadcast for tomorrow ... Thursday 5/1/08 at 2:00pm EST. We apologize for any inconvenience and we hope that you will be able to tune in tomorrow. Thank you for understanding.

"Family Matters: Kinship Caregivers Around The Country Convene At The Capitol"

Apr 24, 2008 00:32:00

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Over six million children are living with a relative as their caregiver. Close to four and a half million of these children live with grandparents. On May 7, hundreds of grandparents and other relative caregivers will converge on the Capitol in Washington, DC at noon for the third annual “Grand Rally.” In support of the coming “Grand Rally” at the Capitol, “On-the-Line” with CWLA features a timely discussion to raise awareness about the imperative needs of kinship families.

"Remembering Children Lost To Abuse And Neglect"

Apr 17, 2008 00:32:00

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The United States leads the world in violence against children and youth under the age of 15. Nearly 3 million cases of child abuse and neglect are reported each year and 1,500 children die every year from maltreatment. Today’s thoughtful discussion is devoted to the Children’s Memorial Flag Day—a national day that is observed each year on the last Friday in April to memorialize the thousands of children who die each year from abuse and neglect.

"Call to Action Alert: CAPTA’s Coming Up For Reauthorization"

Apr 10, 2008 00:32:00

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The second in a series of three programs to commemorate Child Abuse and Prevention Month. The Child Abuse and Prevention Act (CAPTA) is key federal legislation that funds child protection throughout the 50 states. “On-the-Line” with CWLA’s special guests will present facts about CAPTA, which is up for reauthorization later this year and why full funding of child abuse prevention and treatment programs is needed to keep kids safe.

“Children Are Fragile … Handle With Tender Loving Care”

Apr 3, 2008 00:32:00

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The first in a series of three programs to commemorate Child Abuse and Prevention Month. This week “On-the-Line” with CWLA calls attention to child abuse and neglect, a national tragedy that is taking the lives of four children every day. Preventing child abuse is everyone’s responsibility. Guest host Linda Spears leads “On-the-Line’s” special guests in a discussion about child abuse and what each of us can do to safeguard our nation's children from the cruelties of abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare Workers: Overworked and Underpaid – Part 4

Mar 27, 2008 00:32:00

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The fourth in the four-part series of programs focused on the child welfare workforce throughout March— National Professional Social Work Month. Large caseloads, long hours, low pay and high staff turnover are prime factors that contribute to burnout among child welfare workers—forcing many to leave the profession altogether. On this week’s program, guests discuss the need for better pay and innovative approaches for keeping more workers in the field. Call in with your questions or comments.

Labor Pains: Strengthening The Child Welfare Workforce – Part 3

Mar 20, 2008 00:32:00

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The third in the four-part series of programs focused on the child welfare workforce throughout National Professional Social Work Month. The severe shortage of well-trained child welfare workers continues to result in high staff turnover, high caseloads and ultimately poor outcomes for children and families. Today, we’ll examine effective strategies for recruiting, training and retaining competent workers in America’s child welfare system. Call in with your questions or comments.

Public Policy Perspectives on the Child Welfare Workforce – Part 2

Mar 13, 2008 00:32:00

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The second in the four-part series of programs focused on the child welfare workforce throughout March— National Professional Social Work Month. This program explores policy actions designed to promote improvements in the child welfare workforce. Call in with your questions or comments.

The Profession of Social Work: Maligned & Misunderstood – Part 1

Mar 6, 2008 00:32:00

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The first in a special four-part series of programs to be broadcast throughout March—National Professional Social Work Month—that will focus on the subject of strengthening and supporting the child welfare workforce. On today’s program, three leading experts in the field of social work engage in a timely discussion that characterizes the important role of the frontline child welfare workers that serve vulnerable children and families nationwide. Call in with your questions or comments.

"Heading for the Hill" -- "On-the-Line" Special Edition Replay

Feb 28, 2008 00:32:00

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A replay of the special Tuesday edition of "On-the-Line” with CWLA broadcast LIVE on Tuesday, February 26 on location for “Advocacy Day” at the 2008 CWLA National Conference in Washington, DC. This special broadcast features enlightening conversations with special guests: Stedman Graham; 16 year old country music star Ashley Gearing—CWLA’s newly appointed Youth Ambassador; and April Curtis, former foster child and the youngest member of the CWLA Board of Directors. Pre-recorded Program

Heading for the Hill: Calling on Congress To Endorse A National Conference on Children and Youth

Feb 27, 2008 00:32:00

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A special edition of “On-the-Line with CWLA” on location for “Advocacy Day” at the 2008 CWLA National Conference in Washington, DC featuring enlightening conversations with special guests and conference goers who have come to the conference to contribute, to listen and to learn about strategies and solutions that will lead to positive and lasting outcomes for America’s children and youth. Listeners, call-in with questions or comments.

Homeland Security: Making America's Children A National Priority

Feb 21, 2008 00:32:00

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Features US Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and Christine James-Brown, the new President & CEO of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and others in a discussion about CWLA’s national ‘Call to Action’ campaign for the next President of the United States to re-establish the White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010. Listeners, call-in with questions or comments.

Bush 2009 Budget Cuts Will Sharply Shortchange Kids

Feb 14, 2008 00:32:00

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John Sciamanna Co-Director, Government Affairs for the Child Welfare League of America and Bridget Gavaghan, Director of Public Policy for Prevent Child Abuse America join host Tony Regusters for a pointed discussion related to recent news about President Bush's proposed 2009 budget cuts to the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), which will adversely shortchange the ability of states to support essential child welfare services. Listeners, call-in with questions or comments.