Child Welfare League Of America, Inc., Aka Cwla

Rating: 4.77 stars   53 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I would hate to imagine a world without CWLA. It is leading the way for better futures for all children. Kudos to the work you are doing, CWLA, please keep it up!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Ive read materials produced by CWLA and I'm very impressed with their history of advocacy for the needs of children with disadvantageous circumstances. I hope their good work can continue and expand.

 
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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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I am an adoptive parent who adopted my daughter through the foster care system when she was 18 months old. She is 30 years old now and enjoying a rewarding career in the field of veterinary medicine as a veterinary nurse/technician. Thankfully, my daughter was spared the challenges of growing up in the foster care system. However, there are thousands of children who are not as fortunate.

I applaud CWLA’s historic dedication to raising awareness about the plight of thousands of children in America’s child welfare system, its advocacy efforts and its nationally recognized standards of practice. It would make a world of difference if more leaders and policymakers would lend their voice and support to CWLA’s efforts to champion major changes in child welfare policies and practices nationwide.

Despite the economic challenges, which are not only impacting CWLA, but also countless other organizations nationwide, CWLA is still a major and much needed voice calling for advocacy and actions to make the imperative needs of vulnerable children and their families a national priority!

Beverly Jackson

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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as former board member and connected supporter--I have seen consis ten affirmation that cwla is the historic spearhead as advocate and action central for all issues relating to children. i am also former foster child who knows firsthand how vital it is to have an effective advocate like cwla whose stardust sprinkles as hope to that child constituency. if constant leadership and concrete focus to mission is criterion for your nomination, cwla has earned the right to be so honored. bob danzig/ former ceo of Hearst Newspapers.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a visual artist. All of my artwork advocates for the well being of children. I have worked with CWLA creating some of the artwork they use for various projects. I am inspired by the devotion their staff has to improving the lives of children. I have worked with members of the graphic department and the exhibit committee. I was impressed to find that their concern of "getting it right for the children" equal that of any social worker I've ever met. That wonderful spirit of compassion has to resonate strongly from the top in order to spread so emphatically throughout the organization. I know they rely heavily upon outside support as they do give assistance to many other organizations and families and strongly urge everyone to support this invaluable organization.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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I think it's great that CWLA works to protect children from abuse and neglect, helping them to heal both physically and emotionally from the harm they have suffered. Children are our future and CWLA is working to help ensure that for some of America's most vulnerable children, it's a bright one. What a great organization!

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Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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I am so glad to know that CWLA works on behalf of vulnerable children. Please join in supporting this worthy cause! CWLA is a wonderful nonprofit agencies working on behalf of children who need help.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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