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  

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  

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.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

CWLA remains an important voice for children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system. CWLA's focus on quality and standards of care will help the child welfare system be more effective and best meet the needs of children and youth. CWLA's recently revised edition of What Works in Child Welfare, a 548-page body of research covering what works in the field of child welfare is but one example of their consistent focus on evidence-based practices. I look forward to CWLA's growing impact on the field and invite all of our members and colleague organizations to actively engage with our policy and advocacy efforts. We are stronger together! Finally, thank you to Chris James Brown and her entire staff-they are doing an outstanding job!

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As an Alumni of the Child Welfare System I was first introduced to CWLA in 2000 as I was aging out of care and have been a partner and great supporter since then. CWLA is and will always be a part of me and many Alumni who grew up in child welfare as we reconnect as professionals in this feild. At the CWLA 2012 national conference 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.

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As the Executive Director of a social and human services agency meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families, our organization is a proud and long-time member of CWLA. CWLA is the nation's oldest membership based child welfare organization and, for over 90 years, has been a consistent, reliable and powerful voice for our nation's voiceless - vulnerable children, youth and families. As a board member of CWLA, I have had the privilege and opportunity to see first hand the amazing advocacy and lobbying efforts of this much needed and invaluable organization. In fact, due to CWLA's leadership and ability to effectively influence policy makers, our nation has made significant progress in adopting legislation that helps to ensure that the services and supports that states and municipalities need to protect children and help struggling families. CWLA works tirelessly to protect children from abuse and neglect, help them heal both physically and emotionally from the harm they have suffered, and help build hope for their futures - whether it be with their birth family or new adoptive families, or for youth who are aging out of foster care and entering into adulthood. CWLA is also the leading authority on research for high quality, evidence-based best practices in child welfare and sets vitally important standards to guide public and private agencies serving children and families. As a not for profit, CWLA depends upon generous financial support from donors so that it can continue to provide the strong advocacy needed to safeguard children and ensure that agencies serving them have the resources they need to ensure successful outcomes for our country's kids. Please support CWLA!!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've been involved with CWLA for over twenty-five years, most recently as a Board member and I am very proud of the extraordinary advocacy that the organization consistently provides for the most vulnerable children, youth and families of this country. Like no other organization, CWLA approaches its advocacy not from a provider's perspective but rather from what is indicated by best practice. Strengthened by its members committmet to quality care it allows CWLA to raise a voice that no one can disregard. This kind of unwavering commitment to the most vulnerbale children illicits extraordinary support by its members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CWLA is the only respected advocate for our nation's children, especially for those children who are at risk. While there may be other agencies devoted to supporting organizations which provide child welfare agencies or accredited those agencies there is no other which speaks on behalf of children's issues with such commitment and passion. Without CWLA's voice on the hill in Washington or in our state houses, the issues challenging our children would be lost in the din of competing issues. CWLA's voice is clear, well research and balanced.

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2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

CWLA is a national voice for vulnerable children and families. CWLA helps to educate the public and our leaders about what it takes to strengthen children and their families. This is a difficult time for children and families (especially the most vulnerable ones served by members of CWLA). We need CWLA now more than ever.

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the Board of CWLA because I had been a foster parent for 12 years and wanted to represent that demographic on the Board. What I discovered was an organization, staff and Board passionate about improving the lives of children and families, particularly those in the most need. It was a revelation to see such commitment, as well as strong advocacy and programs on such a small budget. Even as CWLA had to lay off staff, the remaining staffers redoubled their efforts to keep serving the needs of children. I am so honored to be on the Board with a stellar group of people who are devoting their lives to child welfare. I can unequivocally state that children in the US are much better off because CWLA exists.

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2012

 
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