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Child Welfare League of America, Inc., aka CWLA

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

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.

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CWLA is a nonprofit leader working to protect children and strengthen families. Help support this amazing organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I find CWLA to be a great asset for resources, information and training, and appreciate their long history of advancing service excellence and professional development in social work practice.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Child Welfare League speaks out for children and families in need. I am proud to support their good works.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA is "the voice" for America's most vulnerable children, youth and families. I am proud to be affiliated with this outstanding membership and advocacy organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Since 1985, I have had the privilege of working for organizations that have all been members of the Child Welfare League of America. I am extremely proud of this vitally important affiliation, primarily because CWLA continues to be "THE VOICE" and leading advocate for America's most vulnerable children, youth and families, as it has been since it was established in 1920. In fact, there is no other organization in the country that has had anywhere near the level of impact or success in promoting and gaining passage of the most vital and significant federal policies for safeguarding and advancing at-risk children and families. Likewise, the extraordinary leadership and supports CWLA provides its members is unparalleled, leading to truly transformative and highly impactful work on the local, state and federal levels for its public and private member organizations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and longtime supporter, I remain impressed with singular desire and focus of the organization to improve the lives of children and families. They are particularly strong in advocating at the national level for policies that help all families and improve the welfare of all children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I remain very impressed with the reach and scope of this organization despite its limited size. CWLA remains the preeminent leader in advocating best practices for children and families in our country. Its work in standards setting, publications, and training serve its members and the entire field. This organization deserves and needs all our support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA provides a necessary service of being the primary voice for children and families involved in the child welfare system. For over 100 years CWLA has led the nation in helping to establish standards of care for the safety, psychological and physical well-being of children in foster care and children with histories of abuse or neglect. Without the voice of this long-standing nonprofit, our society's most desperate children would likely be voiceless in a society that might easily forget about them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA has served as a leader in establishing standards of care for our society's most challenged children, including adopted children and children in foster care. With an annual conference that draws professionals across disciplines from across the United States, CWLA continues to use research and innovations to raise awareness of current areas that challenge work in child welfare and has recently begun to extend its reach to a global perspective of improving the care of all children regardless of nationality and race. Soon celebrating 100 years since its founding, CWLA fulfills a need unparalleled by any other organization in the United States.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CWLA provides advocacy for and information to the field on current national laws and policies. CWLA is a great resource for child welfare organizations providing training, consultation and resources on best practices.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For almost 100 years, the CWLA continues to fulfill its important role in inspiring the field of child welfare to aspire to excellence. The bedrock of the CWLA and what gives it its enduring leadership role in the field is its continued commitment to strong public-private partnerships. From standard setting to national conferences to long-standing publications, CWLA works to connect providers, systems and researchers to move the field forward. I have had the opportunity to work with and serve on the board of many nonprofit organizations in my career, but CWLA stands out as a truly exemplary organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched the dedication and commitment of the leadership at this organization and it is nothing short of amazing. The kids, supporter of kids and advocates are in good hands with CWLA.

Donor

Rating: 5

I know CWLA to be an outstanding organization with an exceptional mission – to lead and engage a national network of agencies, organizations and community partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for children, youth and families that are vulnerable. They do great work! Please join in supporting this amazing nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CWLA is a wonderful organization with a long history of helping children. They have great publications. I especially like Living in an Inspired World which shares stories from youth in foster care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to CWLA and their hundreds of member agencies for providing a strong voice for the needs of children and families.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CWLA is an amazing non-profit lead by an amazing group of people. The leadership truly cares about the welfare of our children, and will do what's needed to make sure they are consistently protected. Support of this organization, will reach so many children and families. They need "cheerleaders" and advocates so they can continue to do their good work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA is a powerful coalition of public and nonprofit agencies from around the nation that advocates for the well being of children and families that are vulnerable. Since 1920 CWLA's expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices has helped to improve the lives of millions of children across the country. Its mission of promoting the well being of children is as necessary today as it was when it was founded nearly 100 years ago.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member and board member of CWLA because this is an organization that is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children. Throughout its 95 year history, CWLA and its members have not wavered from that focus and commitment. CWLA's tireless advocacy work on behalf of better outcomes for children is exemplary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate the work CWLA does for America's most vulnerable children. Creating and supporting families improves not only the lives of those directly involved, but ameliorates our country as a whole.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very pleased to support CWLA's vision that every child will grow up in a safe, loving, and stable family.

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Donor

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so glad there is an organization who looks out for abused, neglected and vulnerable children and their families. Keep up the good work, CWLA!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy to support the Child Welfare League of America, giving a voice to America's most vulnerable children and families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! Committed and creative leadership is why they are the nation's premiere advocate for our youth and families. Keep on keeping on.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thankfully there's an organization whose mission is to advocate for those whose voices get lost because they're children. It's everyone's moral responsibility to help those in need, most especially children.