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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GEMillerII

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a visual artist. All of my artwork advocates for the well being of children. I have worked with CWLA creating some of the artwork they use for various projects. I am inspired by the devotion their staff has to improving the lives of children. I have worked with members of the graphic department and the exhibit committee. I was impressed to find that their concern of "getting it right for the children" equal that of any social worker I've ever met. That wonderful spirit of compassion has to resonate strongly from the top in order to spread so emphatically throughout the organization. I know they rely heavily upon outside support as they do give assistance to many other organizations and families and strongly urge everyone to support this invaluable organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think it's great that CWLA works to protect children from abuse and neglect, helping them to heal both physically and emotionally from the harm they have suffered. Children are our future and CWLA is working to help ensure that for some of America's most vulnerable children, it's a bright one. What a great organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so glad to know that CWLA works on behalf of vulnerable children. Please join in supporting this worthy cause! CWLA is a wonderful nonprofit agencies working on behalf of children who need help.