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Child Welfare League of America, Inc. (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 annually lead hundreds of agency administrators, directors, social workers and other leaders to Capitol Hill to prioritize vulnerable children and families. It is the largest national advocacy event for child welfare, human service, and behavioral health professionals. We focus 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. Our latest trauma-informed Models of Practice curriculum, "Kinship Care: Traditions of Caring and Collaborating" 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. 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

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Child Welfare League of America has been a part of my professional life since I was a CPS case worker and had the opportunity to attend my first CWLA conference. It was eye opening to recognize that others were doing similar work, experiencing similar challenges and sharing the lessons they were learning.
Since that time I have counted on CWLA's staff, members and research publications to help me develop the competence and confidence needed to be more effective in my work with children and families. Their work on the National Blueprint offers all of us a vision rooted in social justice of what the world should be like for children and families everywhere. Just as critically important are the advocacy efforts that CWLA makes to keep children and families a national priority.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CWLA is the voice of child welfare and children’s services agencies across our country. They work with a network of advocacy and service organizations to raise up our work and continue the fight to put children first. The Children’s Monitor is an important tool for our field, as is Hill Day each Spring which allows us to share the story of our work with our elected representatives. CWLA also offers state of the art training and consultation to help us all as we strive to do good work every day.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA is key in promoting nation-wide policy for the well-being of all families, including the most vulnerable. We are proud to be part of CWLA whose work transcends and reaches our families and children in Puerto Rico.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The voice of our most vulnerable children would long ago have fallen silent if it weren’t for CWLA’s presence as enduring advocates for the last 100 years as advocates for the highest standards of care. To all it’s members both in the distant past, present, and future, thank you for stepping up to protect and nurture our children. .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Child Welfare League of America has been working for almost 100 years with children, families, and communities that are vulnerable. Its small but mighty team of professionals is dedicated, knowledgeable, and committed to ensuring that through their advocacy, trainings, publications, and myriad programs, the organization moves into its next century fluidly and with undaunted energy. I am proud to be involved with CWLA!

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to support CWLA, a national organization with a long history of helping agencies and social workers provide critical services to children and families.

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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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Shaquita O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CWLA is a reputable and well-known national network advancing best practices in child welfare. As a leader and voice on federal public policy development and implementation impacting the well-being of children, youth, families, and communities. The historical impact is felt nationally and internationally across many disciplines.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CWLA is a great resource for the child welfare field. With free public webinars, training events around the country, advocacy work, policy and practice research, and a team of experts in the field supporting others, it is no surprise they have been a success for 100 years!

Carnitra W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent policy and practice advocates for the field of child welfare.

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member for 10 years, I have been consistently impressed with the ability of this organization to effectively advocate for children and families who may be vulnerable. They have achieved excellent results in federal policy advocacy and national standard setting. CWLA is the only national advocacy organization that provides a voice for both public and community organizations that work in the child welfare and related fields.

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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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vkelly528

Board Member

Rating: 5

100 year old national organization that has been a leader in advocacy for our nation's children and standard setting for our field.

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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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Carl A.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with CWLA in my professional role as the Director of Family Services in Virginia and now in a personal role as a board member. I first learned of CWLA's work through their award winning publications which have assisted many children, families and professionals. I personally have had the opportunity to review many of their journals which have assisted me immensely in my work. In addition, I have attended and presented at CWLA's national conference for a number of years and participants are exposed to best practices and ground breaking work in the field of child welfare. I fully support the League and their work and look forward to celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2020.

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.

kliedermankingsleyhouseorg

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

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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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.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am somewhat familiar with CWLA's publications area, and am impressed by the variety and numbers of publications they produce for the care of the child. Not only do they produce absolutely vital training and guideline materials for the care of children in the foster and adoption systems, they produce, AND BACK UP with heart, materials to deepen understanding and improve the care of abused and neglected kids.

To this end, even their picture books for adults to read with children are filled with tenderness and relationship building, and compassion themes - like The Kissing Hand (they originally brought to existence, sold over 4 million now!), The Giant King, and recently Happy Mamas.

I wholeheartedly believe in CWLA and applaud their rich heart of giving to the future of our children.

toddalandry

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I came into the child welfare field over 15 years ago, the first conference I attended was a CWLA national conference. It was the best way to learn best practices and engage with other leaders to improve the lives of children and families in our country. Years later, I believe even more strongly that our country's vulnerable children and families need CWLA. It is the preeminent voice speaking out for best practices and advocating for children. It's why I enthusiastically joined the board in 2010 and am privileged to serve as the current board chair.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to be impressed by the work of this small but mighty organization working on behalf of children and families. The recent National Kinship Conference is a good example of the leading edge work being done by CWLA. With an unrelenting focus on best practices, insightful and effective advocacy, and speaking out for what's best for children and families, CWLA is making a real difference for children and families in America and abroad.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm so glad we have an organization that serves our most vulnerable children - and their families. Thank you, CWLA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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