A Look Back at “The Year of the Child”
When I was sworn in as CSAC President last fall, I declared that I wanted my term to be known as the “Year of the Child.” I emphasized that all our actions as an Association and as leaders in our respective counties needed to be put in the context of how they impact our children. For an Association such as ours, this can be complex; while we work on a variety of issues of importance to our members, the actual impact on our children can be perceived as indirect yet still critically important.
When I look back on the past year, we were able to advance this agenda on a number of legislative fronts, including health and human services, the environment, public safety, and building healthy communities. The CSAC Board of Directors took the first step in these efforts by unanimously passing a resolution declaring 2013 the “Year of the Child.” Once that action was taken, 16 counties followed suit and passed their own resolutions affirming their commitment to the lives of the children in our communities.