The latest news about our kids! (April, 2009)


   WCCC Spotlight
    A frequent reminder that our kids and families matter!
Know an
unsung hero?

Nominate them for the Champion for Children Award

Candidates can be advocates, volunteers, elected officials, nonprofit agency heads or board members, teachers, service providers, journalists, and other community leaders.

But hurry! Deadline May 1.
Info and nomination forms.
Upcoming Events
Places you should be
An Urgent Look at Policy & Benefit Changes for
WashCo Kids

Wednesday, April 22
5-7:30 pm Dinner
Holiday Inn, S. Kingstown

Four Rhode Island human services experts will join us to explain how benefit cuts and policy changes in human services are and will impact local families. CEUs available. Register now by contacting the Brown CME Office at 863-3337 or
The Children's
Issues Forum

Friday, May 15
8-10:30 am Breakfast
Village Inn, Narragansett

"...and how are the children?"
The traditional greeting among the Masai tribe in Africa acknowledges the high value they place on their children's well-being. When they can respond: "All the children are well," life is good and peace and safety prevail.
   For the seventh year, the
Washington County Coalition for Children (WCCC) invites children's advocates, providers, elected officials, administrators, parents and everyone else in Washington County to gather to ask
"...and how are the children?"
   Download your brochure with registration form today to ensure your seat at the table.
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What do the changes in RIte Care and the children's mental health system mean for area families in crisis? You can find out April 22.

Recent policy changes and benefit cuts are impacting families in our region. Four policy analysts and human services leaders join us over a buffet dinner to explain the changes and what they mean.
  Elizabeth V. Earls, president/CEO of the RI Council of Community Mental Health Organizations is providing an overview and moderating a panel consisting of;
  • Linda Katz, policy director, The Poverty Institute at Rhode Island College;
  • Sean Walsh, director, Westbay Family Community Care Partnership, South County Community Action; and
  • Scott Mueller, United Way of RI 2-1-1, administrated by Family Service of RI.
   CEUs will be granted. More information and a brochure.

Changing Resources for Helping Families in Crisis

Liliana's Italian Restaurant · Holiday Inn
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
5-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30
...and how are the children? Friday, May 15

Always a packed room at the Village Inn in Narragansett, the 7th Annual Children's Issues Forum has special significance because of the economic crisis around us.
  United Way President Tony Maione will discuss the present and future of human services in his keynote speech. You'll get the latest data on the status of the region's young people. We'll announce the 2009 Champion for Children, and you'll have a great breakfast among friends.
   More information and a colorful brochure.

The 7th Annual Washington County Coalition for Children Children's Issues Forum

The Village Inn, Narragansett Pier
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Friday, May 15, 2009
8-10:30 a.m.
Cost: only $25!
What you need to know about the WCCC

The Washington County Coalition for Children brings together everyone in Washington County who cares about children.  The Coalition is known for: 

  • Tracking and publishing the trends in children's issues, and convening public meetings around the needs.
  • Convening monthly meetings that bring together more than 40 organizations to tackle the most compelling problems facing children
    and their families.
  • Holding monthly workshops to help doctors and mental health professionals care for children with behavioral health problems and developmental disabilities.
  • Sponsoring an annual "How Are the Children?" Forum, a must-attend event for anyone working on children's issues:  community leaders, advocates, and elected officials.
  • Establishing a website to help parents of children with mental health and substance abuse problems connect with local treatment providers.
  • Organizing a holiday gift drive for teens in conjunction with Casey's Grill & Bar in Wakefield.
     The Coalition achieves astounding results, with just one part-time staff person, dedicated volunteers, and administrative support from VNS Home Health Services. We cover all Coalition costs through voluntary contributions
of Coalition members, grants, and your generous donations.
     For more information about the Washington County Coalition for Children, go to or contact Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban at
(401) 788-2061.