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Children & Youth


A Square Deal for Every Child T e American Legion’s National Commission on Children & Youth strives to strengthen families,


support organizations that help young people, and maintain programs that meet the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of minors facing challenges. In 1954, the Legion endorsed incorporation of T e American Legion Child Welfare Foundation


(CWF). Today, CWF works closely with the commission, awarding grants yearly to organizations that contribute to child welfare, through the dissemination of information. To date, $11.8 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 2011, CWF awarded $506,683 to 18 diff erent nonprofi t organizations. T e Family Support Network connects Legion volunteers to military families to help wherever needed,


especially when a providing parent is deployed. T e related Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program provides cash grants to help military and veteran families with minor children make ends meet during diffi cult times. In 2011, TFA provided more than $635,786 in cash grants to assist 1,351 minor children throughout the United States. T e funds were used for shelter, utilities, food and clothing.


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


Contact  acy@legion.org


Connections  www.legion.org/youthwww.legion.org/familywww.legion.org/donatecwf-inc.org


12 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2012


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