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Children & Youth


Grant Money, Volunteer Eff orts Help Children T e American Legion’s Children & Youth Commission strives to strengthen families,


supports organizations that help young people, and maintains programs that meet the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of minors facing challenges. In 1954, the Legion endorsed the separate incorporation of T e American Legion


Child Welfare Foundation. T e CWF today works closely with the commission, awarding grants yearly to organizations that contribute to child welfare through the dissemination of information. To date, more than $11.3 million in CWF grant money has been awarded, fulfi lling the duty the founders of the Legion took upon themselves to provide “a square deal for every child” in the aſt ermath of World War I. In 2010, the CWF awarded $666,670 in grants to 21 nonprofi t organizations. T e Family Support Network, meanwhile, connects Legion volunteers to military families


to help out wherever needed, especially when a providing parent is deployed. T e related Temporary Financial Assistance program provides cash grants to help military and veteran families with minor children make ends meet during diffi cult times.


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Children & Youth Relationships and Programs  Children’s Miracle Network  Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA)  Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program  Operation: Military Kids  Substance-abuse awareness and reduction  Eradication of child pornography  Ensuring child safety


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Contact  acy@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/youthwww.cwf-inc.orgwww.legion.org/donate


2011 | T e American Legion Annual Report 13


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