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July/August 2019Vol. 20, No. 6Children's Bureau Honors MaryLee Allen

MaryLee Allen, director of policy at the Children's Defense Fund, passed away on June 13, 2019. For over 40 years, Ms. Allen led the way in shaping advocacy for children's welfare, health, and safety. She also strongly influenced federal child welfare policy, including the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Her most recent work involved ensuring the passage and effective implementation of the landmark Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018.

In 2017, Ms. Allen received the Child Welfare Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center. The Leadership Prize recognizes individuals who have done outstanding work in fighting for the rights of children and youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

To honor Ms. Allen's tireless efforts, the Children's Defense Fund created the MaryLee Allen Fund for Child Advocacy for those who wish to contribute to the continuation of Ms. Allen's important work of putting children first and making sure their voices are heard.