Voices for Children of San Antonio
Established in 1996 as A Vision for Children, the founding Board was comprised of providers of children’sservices, as well as business, foundation and academic representatives, all advocates whose mission was, andis, to improve the quality of life for children in our community and to make San Antonio the best city in the nation to
be a child. In 2001 the organization was incorporated as a separate 501(c)3 non-prot organization, committed to
improving the quality of life for San Antonio’s children through research, strategic planning, advocacy and action. A Vision for Children became a member of Voices for America’s Children as Voices for Children of San Antonio.Since 1998, Voices for Children has presented our Annual Congress on Children, aneducational forum for child advocates from throughout the community to gather, network, hear aboutthe latest research and best practices that affect children and prioritize efforts for the coming year(s).
Voices for Children of San Antonio is a research and advocacy organization committed to makingyoung children’s issues a priority in the San Antonio community. We network nearly 2,000 communitystakeholders from more than 500 organizations, working to improve the quality of life for San Antonio’s kids. Voices’ broad areas of interest include abuse and neglect; early care and education; and infant/childsafety & health care. Voices for Children, with volunteer co-chairs, directs task forces and workinggroups to seek improvement in these areas. These committees meet regularly throughout the year tocontinue work toward positive change in policies, programs and practices that impact young children.
For fteen years, Voices for Children of San Antonio has presented the annual Congress on Children, an
opportunity for our community’s child advocates to gather, network, learn about current and emerging issuesfor children, receive updates on research and legislation and develop priorities and strategies to improve thequality of life for children. The focus this year is on social, emotional and mental development and wellbeing.We are honored to have Robin Karr-Morse, counselor and author of
Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Rootsof Violence
Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease
, on the lifelong physical as well asmental effects of early infant and childhood experiences present as our Keynoter. A panel of legislators andstate organization leaders will provide a recap of the recent legislative session. Afternoon sessions includepresentations on prevention and management of childhood injuries, responses to the psychological needs ofchildren in the aftermath of a crisis and the needs of children in military families. Last year, approximately 400individuals attended. The audience is diverse and includes representatives of child-serving agencies, schools,health care institutions/hospitals, academic institutions, city/ county/ state departments, child care/ earlychildhood centers, foundations, judges and legislators. For the third year, parent leaders will participate, along withtheir agencies. C.E.U.s will be provided for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers & Early Professionals.
Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this year’s Congress on Childen a success. Your generious compassion towards the improvement of children’s well- being is unparralled. On behalf of the Voices’ Board of Directors and Staff, THANK YOU!