Photo of Gov. Bill Ritter with Lisa
Lisa Dickson had the privilege of meeting Colorado Governor Bill Ritter in person this week at the Many Voices, One Vision Colorado Summit on Children, Youth and Families.
This conference is both the 17th annual Colorado Child Welfare Conference and the 8th annual Judicial Family Issues conference.
The conference attracted over a thousand participants.
Lisa Dickson, Amanda Dunlap and Amanda Keller of Foster Care Alumni of America presented two concurrent workshops on "Demystifying Emotional Resiliency."
Our audience included: judges, lawyers, guardians ad litem, CASA volunteers, social workers, caseworkers and foster parents.
Each of Colorado's 22 judicial districts were represented, and had to post concrete evidence of what they were doing to help children and families.
The focus areas were: Permanency, Safety and Well-Being.
The judicial participants in this conference were there because they believe in front-end solutions and are willing to dedicate their time and efforts toward generating lasting, positive change.
As one judicial staff member eloquently stated, "It's cheaper in the long run to do things right up front.
"What I say about government is that there's never enough time and money to do it right, but there is always time and money to do it over."