CEO Blog: March 2012

Questions Asked of Candidates ... How Will They Answer?

As the frenzied election season continues to gain steam throughout the spring and summer, it is essential that we, as a network, ask all candidates—national, state, and local—to respond to questions that matter to the communities we serve.

We have an obligation to educate candidates about the issues important to our communities and make sure they understand who we are. Imagine if candidates viewed our network not as 500 organizations serving vulnerable children and families, but 500 organizations serving millions of voters. … more

Human Services Must Help Address Active Aging Planning

I don’t like to admit it, but I was procrastinating in getting this blog on the increasing number of older adult caregivers of adult children with developmental disabilities written. Yet, now I understand why. I needed a reminder, and it came this past weekend.

On Sunday, March 11, while walking my dog with my husband and our best friends, we met a middle-aged man with significant developmental disabilities on a bike ride with his older brother. … more

Alliance and Members Can Help Shape Strategy for Children and Youth in Foster Care

The Alliance is proud to be a part of an exciting new effort by several members of Congress to shape a long term legislative strategy to address the needs of children and youth in foster care.

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Rep. Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) have formed the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus. On Tuesday, Feb. 28 the caucus kicked off a national listening tour with a day of events on Capitol Hill. The Alliance is an official partner for the listening tour. … more

Get Out the Vote! Help Your Community Participate in this Democracy

As we quickly approach the 2012 GOP primary/caucus Super Tuesday in what feels like a very long process to the November presidential election, I must remind you that now is the time for the nonprofit human services sector to consider how it will help to ensure that all Americans—regardless of race, education, or economic status—exercise their responsibility and right to vote.

Will this sector provide opportunities for folks to register to vote? Will we provide information on how to vote? Will we offer opportunities to learn about the issues and consider the positions of the various candidates? … more

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