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Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies that since 1920 has been serving children and families who are vulnerable.

Text "CWLA" to 50457 to sign up for alerts. Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization, has been known and respected as a champion for children since 1920. CWLA holds up the vision of an America in which families, neighborhoods, communities, organizations, and governments work together to ensure that all our children have th

Text "CWLA" to 50457 to sign up for alerts. Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization, has been known and respected as a champion for children since 1920. CWLA holds up the vision of an America in which families, neighborhoods, communities, organizations, and governments work together to ensure that all our children have th

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From NPR:"In a unanimous ruling on a controversial issue, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday has cleared the way for the ...
05/16/2022
Texas Supreme Court OKs state child abuse inquiries into the families of trans kids

From NPR:

"In a unanimous ruling on a controversial issue, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday has cleared the way for the state child welfare agency to resume investigating parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming care for trans youth — actions that Gov. Greg Abbott has equated to child abuse.

It's a blow to Texas families with transgender children, some of whom are departing the state or considering moves because of the threat of these investigations."

The ruling overturns an injunction barring state officials from following Abbott's directive to view treatments such as hormones and puberty-blocking drugs as incidents of child abuse.

National Foster Care Month, celebrated every May, honors "the important role that members from all parts of child welfar...
05/11/2022

National Foster Care Month, celebrated every May, honors "the important role that members from all parts of child welfare play in supporting children, youth, and families." Learn more from Child Welfare Information Gateway about this Children's Bureau initiative and how to support all those who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections!

https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/about/

#NationalFosterCareMonth #fostercare #kinshipcare

From our latest issue of Children's Voice magazine, a piece on the Parents as Teachers National Center's Black Doulas Pr...
05/10/2022

From our latest issue of Children's Voice magazine, a piece on the Parents as Teachers National Center's Black Doulas Program.

"Doulas play a significant role in helping prevent deaths during pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black women die from complications related to giving birth at roughly three times the rate of White women. That statistic gets more ominous with age, as African American women over age 30 are four to five times more likely to die in childbirth than White women. ...'Black women of all backgrounds are facing life or death challenges when pregnant,' says Lloyd. 'The lack of safety in birth affects every Black mother and making doula care readily available may help improve Black maternal health in pregnancy and delivery.'"

https://tinyurl.com/yss7m9bf

#childwelfare #doulasupport #doula #pregnancy #maternalhealth

We're pleased to present the latest issue of Children's Voice, our seasonal magazine for members and the public. This is...
05/06/2022

We're pleased to present the latest issue of Children's Voice, our seasonal magazine for members and the public.

This issue features articles on a #doula support program for Black mothers, empowering families who are coping with #substanceuse disorders, analyzing the state of the #childwelfare workforce, tracking #developmentalmilestones, the Supervised Visitation Network, and much more.

To read excerpts and purchase/download: https://www.cwla.org/childrens-voice/

Join us Wednesday, May 25th at 2pm ET to hear Marcus Stallworth, LMSW, Director of Training and Implementation at CWLA, ...
05/04/2022

Join us Wednesday, May 25th at 2pm ET to hear Marcus Stallworth, LMSW, Director of Training and Implementation at CWLA, share how effective #coparenting can aid and assist in the overall growth and healthy development of children.

Register here: https://lp.relias.com/wbn/hhs-coparenting-building-blocks-reg

With thanks to our partners at Relias!

More from #CWLA2022!
05/03/2022

More from #CWLA2022!

What a fantastic conference! Thank you, all -- attendees, members, speakers, sponsors, CWLA staff -- for your support an...
05/03/2022

What a fantastic conference! Thank you, all -- attendees, members, speakers, sponsors, CWLA staff -- for your support and engagement!

Use the #CWLA2022 hashtag to share your own photos if you have them. We'd love to see them.

Can't wait for next year!

Spreading the word about our colleagues at the Supervised Visitation Network's upcoming conference! May 25-27 in Orlando...
04/14/2022

Spreading the word about our colleagues at the Supervised Visitation Network's upcoming conference! May 25-27 in Orlando, Florida. Approved by the National Association of Social Workers for CEUs.

More here: https://www.svnworldwide.org/conference-info

From the Washington Post:“There’s a huge gap that goes beyond the academics, it has to do with social and emotional comp...
04/14/2022
Tying shoes, opening bottles: Pandemic kids lack basic life skills

From the Washington Post:

“There’s a huge gap that goes beyond the academics, it has to do with social and emotional components and just how to behave in school,” said Dan Domenech, the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. “That is something young kids have not learned.”

Teachers hadn’t counted on the struggles their pandemic students would have tying their shoes. Or cutting straight with scissors on a dotted line. Or squeezing a glue bottle to release an appropriately sized dot. Or simply twisting on and off a plastic cap.

**Call for journal abstracts: Deadline May 6th**In partnership with James Bell Associates, and with the support of the C...
04/01/2022

**Call for journal abstracts: Deadline May 6th**

In partnership with James Bell Associates, and with the support of the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families - ACF and the CDC, we're pleased to announce a call for abstracts for a special issue of Child Welfare journal on prenatal alcohol and other drug exposures.

This issue will examine the role and opportunities for child welfare agencies to respond to and care for children and their caregivers impacted by #prenatalalcohol and other #drugexposure. Policies and practices relevant to state, local/county, and Tribal child welfare agencies, their collaborating partner organizations, and the children and families they serve will be discussed.

We are particularly interested in abstracts that address:

* Adaptations of evidence-based trauma treatments for children and youth who experience fetal alcohol exposure/fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FAE/FASD) and also have experienced trauma.
* Effective strategies for those caring for children and youth who experience FAE/FASD.
* Interventions and/or adaptations of evidence-based treatments for children and youth who have FAE/FASD and their families.

The goal of this special issue of Child Welfare, due out in the fall of 2022, is to advance our understanding by featuring policy-based, theoretical, and empirical papers to understand opportunities and gaps of the #childwelfare system’s current response to children and their families who have been impacted by prenatal exposures to alcohol and other substances.

Please submit your abstract (approx. 750 words) to Rachel Adams, Child Welfare managing editor, at [email protected] by May 6, 2022.

For more details, see: https://tinyurl.com/tt8s6se2

#substanceabuse #substanceuse #prenatalcare #fetalalcoholsyndrome #FAE #FASD

From First Five Years Fund: “The President’s FY2023 budget request seeks funding increases to core federal early learnin...
03/30/2022
White House Releases FY2023 Budget Request to Congress

From First Five Years Fund: “The President’s FY2023 budget request seeks funding increases to core federal early learning and care programs, including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, Head Start and Early Head Start, and the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program.”

The White House has released details of President Biden’s FY2023 budget request to Congress, which includes funding increases for many federal early learning programs.

CWLA’s Children’s Memorial Flag was created in honor of April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Flown on the four...
03/23/2022

CWLA’s Children’s Memorial Flag was created in honor of April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Flown on the fourth Friday in April, the Memorial Flag honors each lost child, and serves as a symbol for the protection of children and young people from all forms of violence. The flag raises public awareness about the continuing problem of violence against children.

This month and through April, CWLA will donate 20% of our flag purchase proceeds to ChildFund, which is working in partnership with several non-governmental organizations on the ground in Poland to assemble and distribute hygiene kits and toys in support of Ukrainian children and families made refugees by the war.

Thank you.

https://tinyurl.com/2p8skdyb

“In Fulton, the Supreme Court issued a narrow decision based on Philadelphia’s contract with Catholic Social Services, w...
03/17/2022
Foster Care Contracts Can Open a Door to Discrimination - The Imprint

“In Fulton, the Supreme Court issued a narrow decision based on Philadelphia’s contract with Catholic Social Services, which enabled Philadelphia’s child welfare director to issue discretionary exemptions to the city’s non-discrimination requirements. The court found that Philadelphia violated the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause by not granting an exemption to enable the faith-based group to refuse to do foster care and adoption home studies for same-sex couples.”

States should draft their child welfare contracts to prevent a back-door entrance for taxpayer-funded discrimination, writes Daniele Gerard.

From the Texas Tribune: “Ever since Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state’s child welfare agency to investigate parents wh...
03/10/2022
As Texas targets trans kids, their families scramble to find lawyers

From the Texas Tribune: “Ever since Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state’s child welfare agency to investigate parents who provide gender-affirming care to their children, LGBTQ-affirming family lawyers statewide have been deluged with calls.”

Ever since Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state’s child welfare agency to investigate parents who provide gender-affirming care to their children, LGBTQ-affirming family lawyers statewide have been deluged with calls.

CWLA is pleased to announce a special double issue of our Child Welfare journal focusing on anti-racist approaches in #c...
03/09/2022

CWLA is pleased to announce a special double issue of our Child Welfare journal focusing on anti-racist approaches in #childwelfare.

The articles in this double issue focus on the underlying issues that perpetuate and support the overrepresentation of children of color and anti-racist approaches that improve child and family outcomes and address racial inequities. The authors discuss individual and community consequences of racial disproportionality and disparities, experiences of racism and bias among children and families of color involved in child welfare, strategies for applying anti-racist approaches to child welfare policies and practices, and much more.

To learn more and download/purchase: https://tinyurl.com/566ppfe2

“We know the importance of keeping our children connected with their families, communities, and heritage. ICWA has prove...
03/02/2022
Supreme Court to review Indian Child Welfare Act, which prioritizes adoptions by Native American parents or tribes

“We know the importance of keeping our children connected with their families, communities, and heritage. ICWA has proven itself as the gold standard of child welfare law, which is why both Republican and Democratic administrations, tribes and tribal organizations, and child welfare experts continue to defend it,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and three other tribal leaders said in a statement. “We will never accept a return to a time when our children were forcibly removed from our communities, and look forward to fighting for ICWA before the Court.”

The law is being challenged by three states and seven individuals, who say it does not focus solely on what's best for the child.

CWLA stands with national and local organizations in opposition to any attempt to redefine child abuse to include gender...
03/01/2022

CWLA stands with national and local organizations in opposition to any attempt to redefine child abuse to include gender-affirming care for youth who are #transgender or #nonbinary.

From Christine James-Brown, President and CEO:
“Providing appropriate, compassionate medical care for your child is not child abuse. We know that youth who identify as LGBTQ are at greater risk of homelessness, substance use disorders, mental illness, suicide ideation and attempts, trauma, and other negative outcomes than their peers; the right to receive individualized, evidence-based, identity-affirming care from their doctors and other medical providers saves lives. With nearly 30,000 children in care in 2021, Texas DFPS needs to focus its limited resources protecting children from actual abuse and neglect, not investigating children and families who are vulnerable.”

Read our full statement here: https://tinyurl.com/3erze664

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From NPR: "In a unanimous ruling on a controversial issue, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday has cleared the way for the state child welfare agency to resume investigating parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming care for trans youth — actions that Gov. Greg Abbott has equated to child abuse. It's a blow to Texas families with transgender children, some of whom are departing the state or considering moves because of the threat of these investigations."
National Foster Care Month, celebrated every May, honors "the important role that members from all parts of child welfare play in supporting children, youth, and families." Learn more from Child Welfare Information Gateway about this Children's Bureau initiative and how to support all those who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections! https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/about/ #NationalFosterCareMonth #fostercare #kinshipcare
From our latest issue of Children's Voice magazine, a piece on the Parents as Teachers National Center's Black Doulas Program. "Doulas play a significant role in helping prevent deaths during pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black women die from complications related to giving birth at roughly three times the rate of White women. That statistic gets more ominous with age, as African American women over age 30 are four to five times more likely to die in childbirth than White women. ...'Black women of all backgrounds are facing life or death challenges when pregnant,' says Lloyd. 'The lack of safety in birth affects every Black mother and making doula care readily available may help improve Black maternal health in pregnancy and delivery.'" https://tinyurl.com/yss7m9bf #childwelfare #doulasupport #doula #pregnancy #maternalhealth
We're pleased to present the latest issue of Children's Voice, our seasonal magazine for members and the public. This issue features articles on a #doula support program for Black mothers, empowering families who are coping with #substanceuse disorders, analyzing the state of the #childwelfare workforce, tracking #developmentalmilestones, the Supervised Visitation Network, and much more. To read excerpts and purchase/download: https://www.cwla.org/childrens-voice/
Join us Wednesday, May 25th at 2pm ET to hear Marcus Stallworth, LMSW, Director of Training and Implementation at CWLA, share how effective #coparenting can aid and assist in the overall growth and healthy development of children. Register here: https://lp.relias.com/wbn/hhs-coparenting-building-blocks-reg With thanks to our partners at Relias!
More from #CWLA2022!
What a fantastic conference! Thank you, all -- attendees, members, speakers, sponsors, CWLA staff -- for your support and engagement! Use the #CWLA2022 hashtag to share your own photos if you have them. We'd love to see them. Can't wait for next year!
#CWLA2022 starts tomorrow! Can't wait to see you in DC! #childwelfare https://www.cwla.org/cwla2022/
Spreading the word about our colleagues at the Supervised Visitation Network's upcoming conference! May 25-27 in Orlando, Florida. Approved by the National Association of Social Workers for CEUs. More here: https://www.svnworldwide.org/conference-info
From the Washington Post: “There’s a huge gap that goes beyond the academics, it has to do with social and emotional components and just how to behave in school,” said Dan Domenech, the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. “That is something young kids have not learned.”
Can't wait to see you in a few weeks at #CWLA2022! For more: https://www.cwla.org/cwla2022/
**Call for journal abstracts: Deadline May 6th** In partnership with James Bell Associates, and with the support of the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families - ACF and the CDC, we're pleased to announce a call for abstracts for a special issue of Child Welfare journal on prenatal alcohol and other drug exposures. This issue will examine the role and opportunities for child welfare agencies to respond to and care for children and their caregivers impacted by #prenatalalcohol and other #drugexposure. Policies and practices relevant to state, local/county, and Tribal child welfare agencies, their collaborating partner organizations, and the children and families they serve will be discussed. We are particularly interested in abstracts that address: * Adaptations of evidence-based trauma treatments for children and youth who experience fetal alcohol exposure/fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FAE/FASD) and also have experienced trauma. * Effective strategies for those caring for children and youth who experience FAE/FASD. * Interventions and/or adaptations of evidence-based treatments for children and youth who have FAE/FASD and their families. The goal of this special issue of Child Welfare, due out in the fall of 2022, is to advance our understanding by featuring policy-based, theoretical, and empirical papers to understand opportunities and gaps of the #childwelfare system’s current response to children and their families who have been impacted by prenatal exposures to alcohol and other substances. Please submit your abstract (approx. 750 words) to Rachel Adams, Child Welfare managing editor, at [email protected] by May 6, 2022. For more details, see: https://tinyurl.com/tt8s6se2 #substanceabuse #substanceuse #prenatalcare #fetalalcoholsyndrome #FAE #FASD