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Child Welfare League of America, Inc., aka CWLA

Rating: 4.78 stars   65 reviews 2,821

Address:

1726 M Street NW Suite 500 Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission:

CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states. Our impact is felt worldwide. CWLA leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families. Our vision is that every child will grow up in a safe, loving, and stable family.

Results:

We recently led more than 150 agency administrators, directors, social workers and other leaders to Capitol Hill to prioritize vulnerable children and families. It’s the year's largest national advocacy event for child welfare, human service, and behavioral health professionals. We focused our efforts on critical issues, like: improving services and supports for older youth who are transitioning out of foster care; strengthening the child welfare workforce; and responding to abuse and related trauma in ways that allow children to safely remain with their parents or extended family when possible, and to recover from the effects of trauma. This spring we are publishing our latest Models of Practice curriculum, titled, Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers: A Research to Practice Evidence-Based Curriculum for Child Welfare Workers and Their Supervisors. This 12-hour program teaches public and private agency-based child welfare staff and community advocates how to work with grandparents and other relatives who are raising their younger family members because of parental abuse and neglect. Nationally, there are more children living in "kinship care" than with foster parents, and this model of practice teaches how to work with kin on a range of critical concerns, such as legal and financial issues, child behavior, family relationships, health and mental health, and navigating or accessing community supports.

Programs:

Education and national advocacy cwla is the nation's leading voice for millions of children who are abused, neglected or vulnerable. Cwla advocates for public policies that benefit children at the federal, state and local levels. Cwla works with its members, partner organizations and other advocates and national organizations with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of services so that children, youth, families and communities can flourish. Cwla brings its knowledge and expertise directly to agencies and communities through its programs, publications, research, conferences, and professional development. Cwla hosts a bi-annual national conference along with national program and practice conferences, webinars and events that bring together hundreds of professionals seeking the latest research and best practice information to help them achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and families. Cwla provides professional development materials/training/ or topic specific institutes for professionals from nearly 50 states, the district of columbia, and in more than 20 countries. Cwla has developed and disseminated the pride model of practice for the development and support of foster and adoptive parents as partners in child protection in 30 states and 22 countries. Cwla supports the development of standards of excellence in child welfare services that provide practice guidance for practitioners who care for, treat and educate vulnerable children and families.

consultationcwla brings its knowledge and expertise directly to agencies and communities through its programs, publications, research, and conferences. These services include agency assessments, policy review and analysis, strategic planning, critical incident reviews and program consultation to improve individual programs, organizations, and large systems, public and private; assist public child welfare agencies and state legislatures in reviewing and redesigning systems based on research, best practice standards and assessment of local needs. In 2014, cwla provided brief technical assistance and indepth consultation to legislators, community leaders, and public and private child welfare agencies in more than a dozen jurisdictions.

researchcwla collects, analyzes, reports and establishes standards on data, trends and best practices in the field of child welfare, including prevention, early intervention, reunification, permanency and transition to independent living; cwla also disseminates information to members and the general public through publications, the internet and conferences to enhance the system of care for children, youth and families.

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Reviews for Child Welfare League of America, Inc., aka CWLA

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Fabulous nonprofit. Solid mission. Saving and improving children's lives, every single day.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This is an exceptional non-profit, representing the most vulnerable children and families from both the public and private sector. They are doing very important work and should be recognized for their efforts.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CWLA is an exceptional organization, serving some of the most vulnerable children in our country. Their breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise is unparalleled in the industry.

I'm particularly fond of The Children's Memorial Flag Campaign. I have watched with interest every year and am proud to see such tremendous engagement nationwide. It's not an easy topic to stomach, but such an important issue that needs to be eradicated.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Thank goodness we have an organization that serves the abused, neglected, and vulnerable children in this country. Keep up the good work, CWLA.

 
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Proud to support CWLA's dedication and commitment to improving services for children and families in need.

 
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Fantastic organization! Mission, competence and commitment are incredible. One of the few organizations I find worthy of support. Thank you for being a light in the storm for a community so easily and so needlessly marginalized.

 
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Fantastic organization with outstanding leadership! I have been a donor for years because of their advocacy and commitment to the welfare and safety of our nations most precious resource, our children. Great organizations are always a reflection of their leadership. Keep it up!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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As a board member, I have come to judge organizations by the integrity and commitment of their leadership. CWLA has a President, Christine James-Brown, who is the embodiment of those characteristics. This organization is critical to protecting the needs of all children and parents. CWLA does a fantastic job keeping us informed and prepared to tackle the facing children in our society. Thank You Chris and keep up the great work.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CWLA has been the unified voice representing the common issues and values of public and private child welfare agencies. CWLA has a long and distinguished record as the champion of standards of for best practice. CWLA offers its Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare as a vision for our country in recognizing and addressing the needs of vulnerable children and their families in a comprehensive and inspirational vision.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

CWLA provides a important voice in our legislatures for needy children who do not have the means or ability to speak for themselves.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Child Welfare League of America has been helping and being there for children and families through out so many years, Their dedication to helping children and families is overwhelming. Where would America be without this organization? CWLA continues to stand by it's commitment to help the needy always.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the few agencies left that still actually cares about its mission statement.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

As a longtime supporter, I appreciate CWLA’s efforts to enhance agency effectiveness, worker responsiveness, and resource parent successes in supporting children and families in need.

 
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