Fantastic organization! Committed and creative leadership is why they are the nation's premiere advocate for our youth and families. Keep on keeping on.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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.
Thank you for the opportunity to write about CWLA. I first learned of CWLA when I was a public child welfare worker many years ago. Its publications and advocacy inspired me to one day, grow enough professionally so I could work directly with them. Over the years, I have been fortunate to enjoy that privilege in a variety of capacities - as a consultant, as a staff member and, for the past decade, as a social work professor whose school of social work is a member. Twenty years ago I served as CWLA's staff director for its National Commission on Family Foster Care, and now I am honored to serve on a new National Commission for Public Policy. Every decade, since its birth in 1920, CWLA has made significant contributions to improve services and supports for at-risk children and families. CWLA helped create the National Foster Parent Association. It has led the way to pass landmark legislation; its publications, such as the juried journal Child Welfare, and its legislative alerts are valuable to the field, and to professors like me who teach child welfare and social policy advocacy courses. For the past 20 years, CWLA has provided the field with a model of practice to recruit, assess, select, prepare and support foster and adoptive parents with its PRIDE program. PRIDE is now being used in over 30 states and in 20 countries. It is inspiring to see colleagues in other states and countries using the same excellent practice skills to support foster and adoptive parents of children who have special if not extraordinary needs. This summer, CWLA will be rolling out a new model of practice, an evidence-informed curriculum to teach child welfare workers and their supervisors how to collaborate with and support kinship caregivers (relatives caring for their younger family members.) CWLA also is working with its members and other partners across the country to upgrade standards for practice, commensurate with CWLA's original mission. We are in a "perfect storm" right now, when economic downturns and other societal changes create the need for preventions and interventions for fragile children and families, but resources don't keep pace. Who is charting the course to inspire public will and political interest to keep children protected and nurtured, families strong, and other at-risk and oppressed populations served? What about help for GLBTQ youth, or young people transitioning from foster care to safe, responsible community living? What about undocumented children in the child welfare system? Who is advocating for a child welfare workforce that can do the right thing and do things right – the first time, on time, every time? Actually, CWLA is only a brand. But the brand reflects the collective passion and fortitude of all of us as tireless advocates. CWLA's current members, staff, and board need the support of more individuals, agencies, and organizations to band together under the rubric of three critically important words: for the children.
I have been involved with CWLA for the last few years. As a leader in my community as well as an appointed representative of my organization which is one of the largest christian org's in the world. I must say that my experience with CWLA has been very educating, very informative and motivating. I have participated in conferences as well as a faith based convening rendered via CWLA. I must say that the leadership of Christine James-Brown is Stellar. I know for a fact that CWLA as well as the community at large is very privileged to have such an individual at the front line fighting for this organization and more importantly the cause. UB3
I have interacted with this organization both as a professional and as a donor. As a professional, I have seen a steady decline over the past four years. Most of the programmatic experts have been laid off or left the agency, leaving the organization with essentially no credibility. Those that are left clearly are not experienced in child welfare, the agency's alleged area of expertise. When I have sought information, I have received no response or been referred to books that were published years ago and are now out-dated.
The conferences have also declined. They do not provide the cutting-edge information needed in the field and have been unresponsive and have totally ignored input from member agencies.
Their media releases over the last couple of years have substantiated what many in the field suspect, they are no longer a respected voice in the field. The leadership does not appear to have an understanding of basic issues in child welfare. Their attempts at entering the 21st century and using social media have been pitiful and inadequate, including poorly written blogs, juvenile trivia contests, and misinformation.
I have donated to this organization a few times over the years. The last few times I donated I received no acknowledgment whatsoever.
Until there are some major changes in leadership, I will not be donating and thankfully my agency has terminated its membership.