Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)

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 the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong. CWLA reshapes priorities, one community at a time, by bringing people together around common goals, sharing ideas that have been shown to work, and facilitating collaboration across sectors and systems. Whereas some CWLA staff members share expertise that strengthens the management and operation of local agencies, others work on Capitol Hill and in the statehouses to promote policies that benefit children and oppose those that could do them harm. Still others work to shape new, more effective approaches to working with children and families, or to promote those that are proven. The result: new resources for proven programs, better coordination of services, more efficient program management, and more effective service delivery. CWLA's greatest strength is its members--public and private child-serving agencies from coast to coast. National CWLA programs and expertise reflect the scope of member agency services, spanning adoption, adolescent pregnancy prevention and teen parenting, child day care, child protection, children affected by incarceration, family foster care, group residential care, housing and homelessness, kinship care, juvenile justice, mental health, positive youth development, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and a range of community services that strengthen and support parents and families. CWLA projects that involve young people and family members engage them as active participants, not just as recipients of services. CWLA is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by membership and consulting fees, publication sales, grants and contracts from federal and state governments, foundation and corporate grants, and individual contributions. CWLA is committed to respecting diversity and maintaining continuous progress toward the goal of cultural competence.

Mission: Mission CWLA will lead the nation in building public will to ensure safety, permanence, and well-being of children, youth, and their families by advancing public policy, defining and promoting practice excellence and delivering superior membership services. Vision Our vision is that every child will grow up in a safe, loving, and stable family. Focus Our focus is children and youth who may have experienced abuse, neglect, family disruption, or a range of other factors that jeopardize their safety, permanence, or well-being. CWLA also focuses on the families, caregivers, and the communities that care for and support these children.

Operating as usual

"Under federal law, students with a disability are entitled to special-education services to help them learn. With an IE...
12/20/2020
Thousands of families in special-education limbo

"Under federal law, students with a disability are entitled to special-education services to help them learn. With an IEP, students can get accommodations, such as sitting close to a teacher or having more time on a test, based on their needs. IEPs can also protect students with disabilities who may otherwise be disciplined or graded harshly. But in some school districts across the country, the pandemic has halted the proceedings that determine whether students are eligible for these services. Thousands of children are in limbo, without the support and accommodations they need, parents and advocates say."

With evaluations for special education delayed, students may be going without critical services.

Today, millions of American children and families are suffering. Support CWLA so their voices can be heard and heeded --...
12/16/2020

Today, millions of American children and families are suffering. Support CWLA so their voices can be heard and heeded -- from City Hall to the State House to the White House. Your donation helps support our advocacy work, publications, training programs, curricula, and much more.

Gifts up to $500 will be matched through 12/31 through a generous offer by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Happy Hanukkah from CWLA! Best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday!
12/11/2020

Happy Hanukkah from CWLA! Best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday!

This year, CWLA has been celebrating #100yearsofCWLA leadership in creating and advancing standards of practice, advocac...
12/09/2020
CWLA Celebrates 100 Years – CWLA

This year, CWLA has been celebrating #100yearsofCWLA leadership in creating and advancing standards of practice, advocacy, and information sharing to enhance the well-being of children and families.

As we celebrate this important milestone, we are thrilled to honor 100 Champions for Children who were nominated by their peers for their contributions to promote child well-being and advance the field of child welfare. These champions working among us serve in a variety of roles – from direct service workers and administrators, resource parents and kinship caregivers, to youth, faith-based leaders, community members, elected officials, media outlets, authors, researchers, teachers, and so many more – all who contribute to our shared goals of improving outcomes for children, youth, and families and helping them all to succeed and flourish.

See below and scroll to "CWLA 100th Anniversary Champions for Children" for more!

#childwelfare #socialworkers #socialwork #childrenandfamilies

CWLA is celebrating 100 years of leadership in creating and advancing standards of practice, advocacy, and information sharing to enhance the well-being of families, children, and youth. We want everyone to join in our 100th anniversary celebration!

When you donate to CWLA, you help us help children, youth, and families who are vulnerable -- even more so at this time....
12/09/2020

When you donate to CWLA, you help us help children, youth, and families who are vulnerable -- even more so at this time. Support us this holiday season so that together, we can build a national voice for children and the agencies that serve them.

DONATE NOW. Gifts up to $500 will be matched through Dec. 31 by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund!

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#100yearsofCWLA #childwelfare

We're so pleased to share that Children's Voice, CWLA's seasonal magazine, has won an American Graphic Design Award™ fro...
12/02/2020

We're so pleased to share that Children's Voice, CWLA's seasonal magazine, has won an American Graphic Design Award™ from GD USA Magazine! We're honored!

To read excerpts from previous issues of the magazine, go to https://www.cwla.org/childrens-voice/.

Thank you, Graphic Design USA!

Thousands of children have lost a parent to #COVID19 this year. Many live with poverty and inequity. When you support CW...
12/02/2020

Thousands of children have lost a parent to #COVID19 this year. Many live with poverty and inequity. When you support CWLA, you help us continue to build a voice for children and the agencies that serve them through advocacy, publications, training and education, and much more.

Gifts up to $500 will be matched through December 31. Thank you!

#childwelfare #100yearsofcwla

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#GivingTuesday rolls on!There are several options for giving to CWLA: * Commemorate our 100 years of working to protect ...
12/01/2020

#GivingTuesday rolls on!

There are several options for giving to CWLA:

* Commemorate our 100 years of working to protect children and support families.
* Donate in memory or celebration of your family, friends, or colleagues.
* Grow your gift by inviting others to donate too!

Whatever your level of giving (no donation is too small), we thank you!

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#childwelfare #100yearsofCWLA

Every dollar you donate online up to $500 will be matched through the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.  ...
12/01/2020

Every dollar you donate online up to $500 will be matched through the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Your support today on #GivingTuesday, and throughout December, will help CWLA to make all children a national priority, bring more resources to those who have been left out and left behind, and achieve a safer, fair, and more secure future for all our children, youth, and families.

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It's #GivingTuesday! https://tinyurl.com/t5osdh2Millions of American children and families are suffering. And the agenci...
12/01/2020

It's #GivingTuesday!

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Millions of American children and families are suffering. And the agencies that serve them are struggling to meet their needs.

Today, we confront a global pandemic, a cratering economy, high unemployment, and social unrest. We also confront inequities that have been worsening for years—inequities in income, health care, public health, education, housing, social justice and more. More and more children and families who are Black and Brown have been falling into poverty, #foodinsecurity, and #homelessness—and more have been disproportionately affected by #COVID19. The turmoil of our times, however, offers opportunities for change.

Whether you work in child welfare, or an allied field, or simply care deeply about children, CWLA needs your help. Support us this Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season. Together we can build a national voice for children and the agencies that serve them.

Gifts up to $500 will be matched through Dec. 31! Thank you!

#GivingTuesday #childwelfare

"Schools should act on the lessons of 2020 to ensure that, however they choose to educate their students in 2021, they’v...
11/30/2020
Opinion | In managing covid-19, colleges must tend to students’ minds as much as their bodies

"Schools should act on the lessons of 2020 to ensure that, however they choose to educate their students in 2021, they’ve put the necessary social supports in place. Colleges should prioritize safely holding classes in person. Counseling should be more widely available and promoted more aggressively; schools can also do more to dismantle the stigma around seeking help. Resident assistants have an especially difficult job this academic year, but they can make all the difference."

#covid19 #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

Alone in her dorm room, she told me she felt smothered by anxiety.

As 2020 winds down—a year that has laid bare growing inequities in income, health care, public health, education, housin...
11/23/2020

As 2020 winds down—a year that has laid bare growing inequities in income, health care, public health, education, housing, and social justice—millions of children and families have been, and still are being, severely impacted by #COVID19. This holiday season, please think about making a donation to CWLA (https://tinyurl.com/y3nmskf9) so that together, we can build a voice for all our children and help those in need.

This year, your online gift will have a double impact! A generous donor is matching contributions of up to $500 that are received before December 31.

As the coronavirus continues to rage, state and local governments, as well as child- and family-serving agencies, are facing deep budget cuts. At the same time, the families these agencies serve are living in extreme stress and isolation, increasing the risk for domestic violence and child maltreatment. Older youth, ready to transition out of #fostercare, have no safe place to go. And those working in the #childwelfare system have had to struggle with minimal personal protective equipment (#PPE) and other support while trying to keep themselves and their families safe from the virus.

Today, more than ever, we need a strong national voice for all our children, from City Hall to County Commission, from the State House to the White House. CWLA is asking for your support so that together we can build on what works, invent what’s needed, and stand up for change. Together, let’s build a strong voice for children and make families a national priority.

Did you know that November is #NationalAdoptionMonth?There are many ways to get involved and make a difference for child...
11/22/2020

Did you know that November is #NationalAdoptionMonth?

There are many ways to get involved and make a difference for children and families whose lives have been impacted by adoption:

-Find a virtual event to attend
-Share your own #adoption story
-Ask your member of Congress if they are co-sponsoring the National Adoption Day Resolution, aimed at "promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging the people of the United States to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children."
- Learn more from AdoptUSKids and the Child Welfare Information Gateway: https://tinyurl.com/y6xv46ho

"Some advocacy groups have long believed that gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers are overrepresented in the city’s ...
11/18/2020
What Happens to Some L.G.B.T.Q. Teens When Their Parents Reject Them

"Some advocacy groups have long believed that gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers are overrepresented in the city’s foster care system, and that many struggle to find support in it and at home. A new survey has confirmed that impression: It found that more than a third of New York City’s young people in foster care identify as L.G.B.T.Q."

Over a third of young people in foster care in New York City identify as L.G.B.T.Q. and are struggling to find the support they need, according to a new survey.

#ICWAforfamilies #childwelfare #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #protectICWANational Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA...
11/17/2020

#ICWAforfamilies #childwelfare #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #protectICWA

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

CWLA supports the Indian Child Welfare Act (#ICWA), a long-standing federal law protecting the well-being of American In...
11/16/2020

CWLA supports the Indian Child Welfare Act (#ICWA), a long-standing federal law protecting the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children by upholding family integrity and stability within their community.

This month's #ICWAforFamilies campaign is hosted by the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), the National Congress of American Indians the Association on American Indian Affairs, and the Native American Rights Fund. Together, these four national organizations form the Protect ICWA Campaign, a campaign that works to serve and support American Indian and Alaska Native children, youth, and families through upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act.

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #childwelfare

Join us for our next webinar, "CWLA QRTP Assessment Best Practice Guide – Making the Case for a Comprehensive Biopsychos...
11/11/2020

Join us for our next webinar, "CWLA QRTP Assessment Best Practice Guide – Making the Case for a Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Assessment," on Tuesday, November 17th at 2pm EST.

As states move into full implementation of the Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) level of care requirements as laid out in the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), many questions have been raised, especially around the required assessment, as well as who the evaluator might be in terms of credentials and qualifications.

In order to provide support and direction around the QRTP assessment, the CWLA Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB), in partnership with CWLA staff, has created a best practice guide titled, “Guidelines for a QRTP Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Assessment.” Julie Collins, CWLA Vice President for Practice Excellence will be joined by Alan Vietze, Chair of the CWLA MHAB to talk about the key aspects of the Guide, address issues related to the qualified individual who should be performing the QRTP Assessment and what their ongoing role in assessing the needs of the youth while in a QRTP might be, and address challenges for the implementation of the best practices outlined in the Guide. Ample time will be set aside for questions and answers.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y4j9pfb5

#childwelfare #mentalhealth

November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Check out https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ for historical information,...
11/05/2020

November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Check out https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ for historical information, resources, images, and much more.

Below: "Sometimes, During a Summer Storm, Her Hair Ran with Rainbows," by Nez Perce artist Kevin Peters. Acrylic on canvas, 1992.

Our latest issue of Child Welfare journal features articles on mitigating negatively racialized attitudes in #childwelfa...
11/04/2020

Our latest issue of Child Welfare journal features articles on mitigating negatively racialized attitudes in #childwelfare, #neonatalabstinencesyndrome and #fostercare admissions, #frontlineworkers’ views on organizational support efforts, outcomes for young adults transitioning out of care, and more.

Check out https://tinyurl.com/uener8a and visit our Bookstore site, as well!

11/03/2020
CWLA Votes!

It's Election Day! If you haven't done so already, make sure you have a voting plan for today and be #voteready.

The impact of this election will be felt by the children, families, and communities we serve. Yesterday, we created a video featuring several CWLA staff members explaining why they vote and encouraging you to do the same. Your vote is your voice, so get out and vote!

#childwelfare #100yearsofcwla #yourvotematters

It’s #electionheroday! Thank you, all who’ve voted, all who will vote tomorrow, and all of those who have done voter out...
11/02/2020

It’s #electionheroday!

Thank you, all who’ve voted, all who will vote tomorrow, and all of those who have done voter outreach — calling, sending letters, working at the polls, and otherwise helping people to vote. You’re the heroes. Image courtesy of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC).

Join us this Thursday, 10/29 (2pm EST), for our next webinar, "The Case for Case Management in DC: Motivational Intervie...
10/28/2020

Join us this Thursday, 10/29 (2pm EST), for our next webinar, "The Case for Case Management in DC: Motivational Interviewing as a Tool to Enhance Case Practice and Improve Service Utilization."

DC Child and Family Services Agency leadership and agency staff will provide an overview of how they planned and embedded Motivational Interviewing in the agency’s case practice model.

Presenters: Brenda Donald, Director, DC Child and Family Services Agency; Jay Murphy, Program Manager, Federal Revenue Unit, DC Child and Family Services Agency; and Natalie Craver, Administrator, Community Partnerships Administration, DC Child and Family Services Agency.

Reserve your spot here: https://tinyurl.com/y3wh7w67

#childwelfare #casemanagement #socialwork #FFPSA

Marcus Stallworth, CWLA's training and development specialist, shared this photo from our first virtual Open Enrollment ...
10/26/2020

Marcus Stallworth, CWLA's training and development specialist, shared this photo from our first virtual Open Enrollment PRIDE Model of Practice Training! This small and mighty group included participants from California, Nevada, Maryland, Alabama, Connecticut, and Florida. Thanks, everyone.

For more about our PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) trainings: https://www.cwla.org/pride-training/

#childwelfare #100yearsofCWLA #socialwork

From our latest publication, "Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues, and Service Populations": Victoria...
10/22/2020

From our latest publication, "Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues, and Service Populations": Victoria Kelly, former Delaware Children's Department - DSCYF director and current CWLA board member, writes:

"As CWLA celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, issues of separation, loss, and trauma are undeniable and ever-present aspects of the lived experiences of families and children involved with all child-serving systems. This reality only has become more painfully evident as the COVID-19 pandemic sheds a light on longstanding inequities and racial injustice that has roiled our country. As the movement for racial justice and anti-racist systems gains momentum, there is an historic opportunity to acknowledge and address the traumas associated with removing children from their families—whether #immigrantfamilies or those in our domestic #childwelfare system. The universality of traumatic experiences among the general population is now well-recognized by experts."

To read more and purchase/download the essay collection: https://tinyurl.com/yx9yvmx9

Are you voting in-person or by mail this year?If by mail: check your state’s rules for how to get a ballot and your dead...
10/22/2020

Are you voting in-person or by mail this year?

If by mail: check your state’s rules for how to get a ballot and your deadline to return it. 📬
If in-person: find your local polling place and double-check what you need to vote! 🗳️

Juvenile justice and issues facing youth impacted by our criminal justice system are on the ballot. #BeAVoter & get #VoteReady to #VoteYouthJustice this #YouthJusticeActionMonth. Check out Campaign for Youth Justice for more.

New publication from CWLA Press!In honor of CWLA’s 100th anniversary this year, we are pleased to announce the publicati...
10/21/2020

New publication from CWLA Press!

In honor of CWLA’s 100th anniversary this year, we are pleased to announce the publication of "Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues and Service Populations: Sociological Autobiographies." Follow the link below to learn more and read excerpts from the collection.

This collection—the first in a multi-part series—includes personal reflections on child welfare practice and policy by leaders in the field. These essays offer insights and discuss major policy developments, reflections on changes in practice over the years, and where we are today related to selected child welfare areas of practice, program, policy, issues, and services to selected populations. Contributors discuss changes in the external environment or in family structure that contribute to children entering the child welfare system; changes in knowledge, policies, and funding that impact how children and families are served; and more.

https://tinyurl.com/y3ou7b6n

#childwelfare #childrenandfamilies #fostercare #socialwork

If you are in Alabama, California, Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, or Wyoming, today is your voter registra...
10/19/2020

If you are in Alabama, California, Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, or Wyoming, today is your voter registration deadline! Be sure to register today to be #VoteReady.

Join us on Thursday, October 22 (12pm EST), for a webinar that will feature information that #childwelfare professionals...
10/16/2020

Join us on Thursday, October 22 (12pm EST), for a webinar that will feature information that #childwelfare professionals need in their work with families where parental #substanceabuse is the intersecting factor related to #childabuse or neglect. The content will include an extensive discussion of the causes and the brain science of substance abuse disorders, as well as an understanding of family dynamics and techniques for supporting positive parenting behavior.

The presenters include Judith Grisel, PhD, author of the best-selling book, “Never Enough” and a Professor at BucknellU, who will outline what she has learned through her groundbreaking research on the nature of addictive diseases, and Paul DiLorenzo, ACSW, MLSP, who has trained a national cohort of child welfare professionals on the topic of parental substance abuse and #childmaltreatment.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y6okylze

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