Last week, Children's Aid President and CEO went to Washington, DC, with Yolanda McBride, the director of our Office of Public Policy, to build relationships with federal legislators and talk about our work in key areas affected by federal legislation. They met with a number of elected officials, some of whom have Children’s Aid services within their districts and others who play significant roles in the areas of our work. And there was time for lunch with Bruce Lesley, the president of First Focus, a Children’s Aid ally in the battle against poverty. Their visits included:
Rep. Dan Donovan is relatively new to DC, having just been elected. But the former Staten Island district attorney has long memories of his time as a “Goodhue kid.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney represents the district that includes both Lord Memorial Building and the new Executive Headquarters. Education and women’s issues, including health, are priorities for her.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, whose father once volunteered for Children’s Aid, hopes to visit our Brooklyn-based LINC youth justice program.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler has been a champion of civil liberties and a host of progressive causes. Children's Aid has both child welfare and juvenile justice programs in his district.
They also met with the chief of staff from Rep. José Serrano, who ably represents the South Bronx, where we deliver so many of our services.
Finally, they met with Phoebe’s cousin, Sen. Michael Bennet (Colorado), whose top priorities include education and health.
All in all, a great day for Children’s Aid in our nation’s capital.