Congratulations to Carrie Bolm, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families (MA-CF) new President and CEO! She will lead the organization’s overall strategic direction through a partnership of agencies. Carrie will assure quality programs are provided while maintaining fiscal accountability, and looks forward to working with the executive team to achieve these goals.
LeAnn Haslag, dedicated child and family advocate, is retiring from MCCA member, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families (MA-CF), this month. In addition to her tireless work to improve the outcomes for children and families connected to Missouri foster care, LeAnn is a committed ally to colleagues and partner organizations, always making time to help others help families.
Prior to joining MA-CF as CEO in 2013, she was with the State of Missouri for 28 years. As a part of Missouri’s Children’s Division for 23 years, her accomplishments included drafting the first Performance Based Foster Care Case Management contract and assisting with the implementation of this public-private partnership. While with the Office of the State Court Administrator, she assisted with the implementation of the initial Fostering Court Improvement sites.
Lawmakers in both the Missouri House and Senate have pre-filed bills that would expand health coverage for children living with developmental disabilities.
The bills – HB 399 in the House and SB 45 in the Senate – would make it so children living with conditions such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy would be covered under health plans in Missouri. Currently, Missouri requires health plans to cover those inside the Autism spectrum.
As Julie Lester’s time as Interim Director of the Missouri Children’s Division draws to a close, we would like to thank her for her courageous vision and leadership, not only as Interim Director, but throughout her decades of service to Missouri’s children and families. Ms. Lester’s dedication wholly imbued her work on behalf of Missouri’s most vulnerable. She clearly understood the value of engaging all aspects of community in creating lasting community change, and her integrity in partnerships fostered new champions for children while strengthening existing allies.
Entering the Interim Director position shortly after Family First Prevention Services Act came into law earlier this year, she has worked to expand our vision of what we can do to better serve children, and more importantly, what is possible for Missouri’s children and families.
Although her time as Interim Director was brief, her impact will be lasting. From all of us at MCCA, a heartfelt thank you.