PRESIDENT'S REPORT

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INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR CHILD WELFARE

 

San José, April 20, 2004

Dear Colleagues:

Your Support is Important.

First of all, let me express my appreciation to all those that gave their support to the Executive Committee's decision to change the external auditor's firm for this year.

Also, my thanks to those that have already send their 2004 membership fees to us or directly to our Bank. The sooner you are able to pay your dues the better we can program next year's budget and expenditures.

IFCW Website.

Two things in relation to our website: a) More that 1.200 "hits" were recorded last month at our website. While this number is still very low by any standard, it should be viewed as a starting point of reference for future use of this information tool. I do hope that as more member collaboration is received and shown in the web for the benefit of all members and, indeed, of all individuals interested in child welfare, we will increase the number of visitors to our site; b) I forgot last month to tell you that our site has a special section "Only for Members", which can only be accessed by members that have a special code and password. Attached to this letter (mailed version) you will find the necessary information to use this section.

Executive Program of Interest.

The John F. Kennedy School of Government at the University of Harvard, USA, offers a series of Executive Programs for CEOs of private enterprises. These programs cover a wide range of topics, among which it is important to mention some that might be of interest to IFCW members:

- Leadership for the 21 st . Century

- Performance Measurement for Effective

Management of Nonprofit Organizations

  • Leaders in Development
  • Driving Government Performance

Should you like to obtain further information about this program you may wish to visit: www.execprog.org .

International Conference in Canada.

Our member, Child Welfare League of Canada, among others, is sponsoring an International Conference titled: "Promoting Resilient Development in Children Receiving Care". This event will take place in Ottawa, Canada, August 16-19, 2004. Should you wish to obtain further information please contact: www.cwlc.ca/conference .

WorldForum 2004.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of your personal participation in this WorldForum. It is our fifteenth anniversary, a fact that speaks well for the solid roots of our association. With this event, we will have held WorldForums in all the regions of the world. The most important aspect, however, is the fact that this effort is done so you can have the opportunity to share with colleagues about up-to-date issues related to child welfare and to learn about the situation of children in different areas of our planet.

I would like to suggest that, since you already know the dates of the WorldForum (September 27 to October 1, 2004), you start making the necessary travel arrangements. Soon you will be receiving detailed information about registration, venue, hotels, etc.

While the invitation to the WorldForum will include this aspect, I would be particularly interested in knowing, at your earliest convenience, if you would be willing to participate as speaker in a Work Group. The central theme of the event is the role of NGOs in relation to the preparation and implementation of the National Action Plans but - of course - we will also pay special attention to other areas of child welfare that are of interest to groups of members.

Argentina offers many possibilities for further academic and work-related contacts, as well as a series of natural wonders (glaciers, falls, whales, etc.) that can be pursued after or before the WorldForum at very favourable prices.

New Members

I have not insisted on this point in the last few letters, but this does not mean that it has lost its importance or urgency. Our strength is in numbers, because the more members the more possibilities to share and to learn about new approaches to child care. So, please try to identify colleagues that you think can benefit from being part of IFCW and suggest to them that they apply for membership. I will make sure that their application is processed speedily.

Sincerely yours,

Rolando Quirós - PRESIDENT

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