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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.

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.

DB2877

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 4

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

a well-rounded agency that puts its members and cause in the center, speaking for the most vulnerable of our society. as a board member, I am continuously impressed by the depth of the staff's knowledge and care for the issues.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with the determination and customer service provided by this agency.
While I was urgently seeking to find a qualified speaker to make a presentation at one our leadership meetings, I reached out to representatives at CWLA. It was at the eleventh hour, and I was reaching out - though seemingly futile - as a last-ditch effort. Not only did I need someone within less than a month, I needed them to fly several miles and be willing to miss out on a very popular conference that would be occurring at the same time as our leadership meeting.

The CWLA representative was not daunted by the task at all. She jumped right on it, found a speaker who was highly qualified, a perfect fit and willing to make the commitment. There was lots of paper pushing back-n-forth in a very short time frame, but the representative never missed a beat. She responded promptly to EVERY paper request, email and phone call (no matter the hour). CWLA coordinated the logistics on their end and made my job so much easier. My agency's staff gained tremendous insight into how case managers and supervisors can leverage resources through their CWLA membership and they were taught some helpful tips about caseworker retention. We are so very grateful for CWLA's efforts! Their willingness to go above and beyond was a pleasant discovery and a real morale booster!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CWLA is an amazing organization with an awesome mission. I've had the opportunity to work with their staff and I can feel the passion that they approach their work with every day. They truly live the mission. I wish them much attention and recognition so they can receive a fraction of what they give every day!

Irene Clements

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CWLA continues to provide up to date information, research, data, education, support and training to people interested in child welfare across the country. Many benefit from their public policy advocacy and rules and laws have been created or changed due to their leadership and expertise.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

In my role as President of the National Foster Parent Association, I work with various staff members from CWLA on a fairly regular basis. What a pleasure to do so! The staff at CWLA are experts in their fields and their assistance with needs, concerns, training, standards, legislation and pubic policy etc is always timely and relevant. My hope is that CWLA will continue to grow and continue to provide the excellent services and supports they currently provide to so many across this great country. I firmly believe their impact on Capitol Hill is significant and I am proud to work with them to achieve excellence for all children in America.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA is committed to helping our most vulnerable population-our children. For over 70 years CWLA has worked to set standards for excellence in child welfare. The people in this organization are extraordinarily committed to children. I am honored to be a board member.

Kathleen77

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a children's author, I am honored and proud to have my book published by CWLA, and to be aligned with its mission of serving the most vulnerable children in our society. Whenever I go to schools on an author's visit, I am delighted to share with students and teachers the marvelous work that this organization is doing, for surely, this mission - to bring more light into the world - is indeed at the heart of all good stories. Thank you CWLA!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud of my association with CWLA. CWLA is one of the strongest advocates for children in our nation. Their answer to the question "who will speak for the children?" is that we must all do so and they provide the leadership for our collective voices.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA has always been the leading voice in Washington for the most vulnerable children in our nation. With their new Standards of Excellence CWLA is again raising the bar for all of us to do even better in helping these children and their families. This is the eladership we all need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA creates a framework for all of us in child welfare. It multiplies the efforts of the states' work toward bettering systems for children and youth and ensures that the myriad of agencies have a common voice at a policy and advocacy level.

nijc

Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA is dedicated to advocacy on behalf of all children. CWLA informs and educates service providers and leadership about child welfare issues. CWLA develops and disseminates valuable resources including its recent publication the National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare. I recently attended CWLA's Kinship Care Conference which provided a unique opportunity for caregivers, service providers and leadership organizations to share information and strategies to improve outcomes for children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I rely on CWLA to inform providers in the Commonwealth about what trends are happening in the nation's capital in regards to children and family services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As past President of the Board of the Child Welfare League of America, I can attest to its importance to all of the field of Child Welfare. It is said that if the League did not exist, we would have to create it. It is the voice in Washington on Capital Hill of all member agencies in the nation serving the neediest children in our country. It is their knowledge and expertise plus the input from their member agencies which greatly influences legislation affecting our children. It is the League which writes and publishes the standards of service which agencies use as their guide to delivering the highest quality of service to the children they serve. It is a convener of service providers so that they can learn from each other about best practices. It is a national voice on the issues facing this disenfranchised population. I have been proud to be a volunteer with the Child Welfare League of America and we should be grateful they exist as a voice for our children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are currently working in our state to reform our child welfare system. We were very pleased to find CWLA's National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare to use as a guide to bring together all of our key stakeholders as we begin this work. Julie Collins from CWLA came out to Nevada to present this work to our planning group and everyone is very excited to have this tool and such a well respected organization as a resource to begin improving our system. The CWLA is a fantastic resource for our state and our community - their willingness to lend support, advice and resources is critical to our work. They are all amazing and a fantastic group of individuals to work with!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The City of Richmond, Virginia, contracted with the CWLA to review child welfare practices in our local social services department. CWLA’s analysis, expertise, and written report served as a useful blueprint for improvements. CWLA staff were personable and professional. Their staff consulted with us regularly and provided valuable on-site support and guidance to department staff. They were truly a pleasure to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has always been the "go to" resource for all things child welfare. The wealth of referral information and resources is unparalleled. Their annual conferences have historically featured the most cutting edge and relevant experts and information in the field. Their recognition of targeting agencies and professionals outside of the child welfare system, in order to connect ALL the systems that touch vulnerable children, is both brilliant and critical.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In today's environment, organizations like CWLA are vital advocates. While there are many caring organizations out there doing good work for children, youth, and families only a few focus on using knowledge-based national standards of excellence to drive a proactive advocacy agenda national and in local communities. Ensuring that children and families are safe and stable and have the support they need to thrive is about more than the "flavor of the day". it takes sustained commitment to excellence, clarity of direction, and tools that facilitate change. CWLA has demonstrated its ability to deliver these tools throughout its 93 years. CWLA's new National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare provides the base for the this work in today's environment and in the future!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Because of their expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices they have helped improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states, with a worldwide impact.


Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA has been instrumental in keeping child welfare issues on Congress' radar screen. CWLA develops and disseminates valuable resources including its recent publication the National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare. As an organization, CWLA has listened to the needs of child welfare professionals and responded.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My interest in supporting and working with CWLA is predicated upon the willingness of CWLA to work with tribal child welfare agencies and nonprofits serving Indian Country. Historically, CWLA's policies and the policies of the state and federal governments were detrimental to what I believe to be the best interests of Indian children. As an organization, CWLA has listened to the needs of tribal child welfare workers and responded. In this time of very limited fiscal resources for all child welfare agencies, CWLA has kept Indian country issues on the radar for state social service providers through such activites as their annual conference and collaborations with tribal communities and organizations.

MHAB

Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA is a multi-faceted organization that provides advocacy, education, and training on behalf of children including children at risk of foster care. It's recently published National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare serves a to identify how the nation can achieve the vision that all children grow up safely, in loving families and supportive communities, with everything they need to flourish—and with connections to their culture, ethnicity, race, and language. This vision requires that all children, whether
they receive child welfare services or are at risk for child abuse or neglect, grow up safely. It's publications are outstanding, helping to educate professionals, families and communities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of CWLA's Mental Health Advisory Board for over 10 years and most recently as its Chairperson and member of the CWLA Board of Directors. It is an honor to inform all about the importance and impact of CWLA in addressing the challenges of children and parents (biological and foster care), ensuring our Nation including private and local and State government entities understand and support CWLA. As a prior State Commissioner of Mental Health and Federal Government Director for disability, I have had the opportunity to experience the benefits from CWLA in supporting needed changes in ensuring children and families a full community life. Eileen Elias, Senior Policy Advisor, JBS International, Inc.

Larry27

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I truly enjoy volunteering for CWLA in order to help it achieve its worthy mission. With the Federal. State, and Local government budgetary constraints, we need organizations like CWLA more than ever!! I hope you will consider donating your time and/or money to CWLA too!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

CWLA is the best advocacy organization aof cildren and families in the united States. As a Board member, I am very proud of the work that this dedicated staff does for children ona daily basis. This membership organization representing agencies that serve children from all corners of America delivers information, training, and daily advocacy to its members. It deserves to receive this award.

Terri B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CWLA is and has always been relevant and necessary. It has provided invaluable research, data, services, and education to hundreds of nonprofit organizations that are responsible for the safety and well-being of children and their families. Throughout its over 90 years of existence, they have always demonstrated leadership in advocacy for America’s most vulnerable population - abused and neglect children. Its leadership has been consistent, effective, powerful and transformational.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.