Hundreds of children advocates meet

U.S. Representative Bud Cramer today welcomed more than 200 child advocates to Capitol Hill as part of the National Children's Alliance's 2007 Leadership Conference.

This annual conference provides education, networking, and advocacy opportunities for Children's Advocacy Centers' directors, leaders, and chapters.  In addition, at the conclusion of this annual conference, NCA will present the Bud Cramer Child Advocate Award to the nation's leading child advocate official.

National Children's Advocacy Center Executive Director Chris Newlin and other officials from the Huntsville center are attending this year's conference.

"All of these individuals on the frontlines are committed to the multidisciplinary approach to preventing and treating child abuse that we established in North Alabama," said Cramer.  "I am proud of the services provided at these centers by their dedicated personnel and I will continue to fight in Congress to put an end to child abuse and neglect in communities across the country."

Representative Cramer became a leader in children's issues when he served as the District Attorney of Madison County.  During that time, he worked extensively with children and families in the juvenile justice system.  He is the founder of the first Children's Advocacy Center.  Today, there are more than 600 CACs across the United States.