Children’s advocacy group wins Angels of Change grant _lowres

Photo provided -- Attending the presentation of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Angels of Change award to the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families are the key authors of the Platform for Children, from left, Kathleen S. Richey, louisianachildren.org; Carmen Weisner, National Association of Social Workers/LA Chapter and board chair, Louisiana Partnership; Teresa Falgoust, Agenda for Children; Ashley Shelton, One Voice Louisiana and board member, Louisiana Partnership; Jan Moller, Louisiana Budget Project; Dr. Gordon, Louisiana HealthCare Connections and board member, Louisiana Partnership; Michael Tipton, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana; Sandra Adams, board member, Louisiana Partnership; Sherry S. Guarisco, Executive Director, Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families. A partner not shown is the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights.

The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization, was recently presented with a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Angels of Change award, an honor that highlights innovative advocacy in support of Louisiana’s children.

The partnership was awarded funding to coordinate the development and dissemination of the Louisiana Platform for Children, a report that outlines for policy makers recommendations and evidence-based practices that can work to build stronger futures for children in Louisiana, a news release said.

At a recent meeting, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation President Michael Tipton presented the award grant to Dr. Stewart Gordon, an advocate for children, and a 1997 Angel Award winner. Gordon nominated the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families to apply for the grant. The Angels of Change grant was awarded to former BCBSLA Foundation Angel award recipients, commemorating the 20th year of the awards.

Meetings were held statewide in the fall to discuss the findings outlined in the Louisiana Platform for Children. More information on the Platform for Children and upcoming meetings is available at www.louisianapartnership.org.