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.

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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

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)'s cover photo
10/15/2020

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)'s cover photo

CWLA's Child Welfare journal, launched in 1922,  links the latest findings in #childwelfare and related research with th...
10/13/2020

CWLA's Child Welfare journal, launched in 1922, links the latest findings in #childwelfare and related research with the best practice, policy, and program development into one innovative resource equally indispensable to child welfare and associated professionals.

Recent special issues have focused on youth who are #LGBTQ+, #immigration and child welfare, teens/young adults, and #kinshipcare; future issues will center on #childpoverty, social determinants of health (#SDOH), #Latinx families, #racialequity, and more.
One- and two-year subscription options are available for individuals and institutions. Take a look and subscribe today!

https://www.cwla.org/child-welfare-journal/

Thank you so much for attending the #CWLAVirtualSummit, "Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children an...
10/12/2020

Thank you so much for attending the #CWLAVirtualSummit, "Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families," last week!

We had a wonderful, stimulating, and deeply educating time hearing CWLA members, #childwelfare professionals, and others share their wisdom and commitment to being a collective voice on behalf of children and families.

We'll be arranging additional webinars, more opportunities for conversation, and a number of publications -- special issues of our journal on equity and racism, #childpoverty, neglect, Latinx families, and social determinants of health (#SDoH), to name a few. In addition, attendees will have access to recordings of the Virtual Summit presentations and to the proceedings of the Summit.

Thank you again!

10/08/2020
Rep Karen Bass of California Remarks at CWLA Virtual Summit 2020

Thank you, Congressmember Karen Bass, for speaking at the #CWLAVirtualSummit!

"In a few days, foster care will be on the ballot. So we have to make sure that we vote!"

#fostercare #childwelfare #juvenilejustice #HeroesAct #childrenshealth

Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families will bring together policy, research, and practice professionals from child- and fa...

New from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families: During the #COVID19 pandemic, 1 in 5 Latino and B...
10/07/2020
During COVID-19, 1 in 5 Latino and Black Households with Children Are Food Insufficient - Hispanic Research Center

New from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families: During the #COVID19 pandemic, 1 in 5 Latino and Black households with children struggle to get enough food. The pandemic has magnified the racial/ethnic disparities in #foodinsufficiency, employment, housing, and #healthcare access.

#childwelfare #HispanicHeritageMonth

Many Latino and Black households with children are struggling to get enough food for their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The #CWLAVirtualSummit rolls on!Join us at 2:30pm EST today for our next panel session, "What is Child Welfare's Relatio...
10/07/2020
Virtual Summit – CWLA

The #CWLAVirtualSummit rolls on!

Join us at 2:30pm EST today for our next panel session, "What is Child Welfare's Relationship to Families, Communities, and Other Systems to Achieve Improved Outcomes?"

Presenters: Melissa T. Merrick, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America; James Purcell, President and CEO, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA); Linda Spears, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (Mass.gov); and Marketa Garner Walters, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Register here: https://www.cwla.org/virtual-summit/

Our world has changed significantly over the last several months. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the strengths and weaknesses of the systems, policies, and philosophies that shape how child welfare services are organized and delivered for populations that are vulnerable.

The #CWLAVirtualSummit, "Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families," starts today!Join u...
10/06/2020
Virtual Summit – CWLA

The #CWLAVirtualSummit, "Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families," starts today!

Join us at 2:30pm EST for our first panel session, "How Have Child Welfare Services Evolved? What Progress Have we Made?" Speakers will include Brenda Donald, Director of the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency; Olivia Golden, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, Betsey Rosenbaum of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and Casey Family Programs (retired); and Maria L. Quintanilla, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Latino Family Institute.

Can't wait to see you online! Register below.

#childwelfare #socialworkers #socialwork #childrenandfamilies

Our world has changed significantly over the last several months. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the strengths and weaknesses of the systems, policies, and philosophies that shape how child welfare services are organized and delivered for populations that are vulnerable.

10/06/2020
How Do I Vote by Mail?

Want to vote by mail but don’t know where to start? Got questions on whether you need to request your ballot? How to drop it off? If you can trust USPS to deliver it on time? #NVEW2020 has answers to all these questions and more! Visit our Voting Information Center at www.cwla/vote/ for more information on being #MailReady.

Are you interested in voting by mail but unsure where to begin with the process? Check out this Campus Election Engagement Project video explaining the proce...

The #CWLAVirtualSummit, “Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families,” starts tomorrow!We ...
10/05/2020

The #CWLAVirtualSummit, “Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families,” starts tomorrow!

We look forward to exploring the evolution of #childwelfare services and the progress we’ve made; highlighting learning and innovations developed during these challenging times; discussing solutions and goals to achieve racial justice, equity, and inclusion; highlighting collaborative approaches; and identifying system, policy, and funding changes needed for improved progress on family strengthening and child well-being.

Please join us! Register here: https://www.cwla.org/virtual-summit/

#socialwork #socialworkers #childrenandfamilies #COVID19 #racialequity

The #CWLAVirtualSummit, "Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children & Families" (Oct. 6-8), is just da...
10/02/2020

The #CWLAVirtualSummit, "Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children & Families" (Oct. 6-8), is just days away! Register here: https://www.cwla.org/virtual-summit/. We can't wait to "see" you on Tuesday!

Thank you, also, to our sponsors for their generous support: Casey Family Programs, Centene, Kingsley House, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, CARF International, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Council on Accreditation, All Children-All Families (Human Rights Campaign), Binti, and The Joint Commission. Your participation has helped us to plan what we know will be an excellent Summit!

CWLA Webinar today! Join us at 1pm EST for "One Roof: Housing and Child Welfare Partnerships Supporting Families in Cris...
10/01/2020

CWLA Webinar today!

Join us at 1pm EST for "One Roof: Housing and Child Welfare Partnerships Supporting Families in Crisis," which will focus on #housing solutions designed to keep or reunify families safely together and stabilized in their own homes.

Colleagues from CSH and Hennepin County Government (Minnesota) will present.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/yxkxvb64

One week until the start of CWLA's Virtual Summit, "Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Fam...
09/29/2020

One week until the start of CWLA's Virtual Summit, "Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families"!

We've scheduled a fantastic lineup of speakers and panelists, including Congressmember Karen Bass, Commissioner Elizabeth Darling of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Carla Thompson Payton, Vice President for Program Strategy for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Panels will cover a range of topics, such as service evolution in #childwelfare; the effects of the #covid19 pandemic on racism, inequity, and poverty; community partnerships; strengthening child well-being; and much more.

Follow the link below to register. See you online next Tuesday!

https://www.cwla.org/virtual-summit/

A new March of Dimes report focuses on maternity care "deserts." In the United States., 7 million women of childbearing ...
09/23/2020
Maternity Care Deserts Report

A new March of Dimes report focuses on maternity care "deserts." In the United States., 7 million women of childbearing age live where there is no or limited access to #maternitycare.

"We shine a light on the unequal access to maternity care found throughout the U.S. and highlight current research and its impact on mom and baby health. Access to quality maternity care is a critical component of maternal health and positive birth outcomes, especially in light of the high rates of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the U.S."

Find out more:

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We use research, advocacy, and education to give every baby the best possible start.

CWLA supports #BlanketChange because we believe all moms and babies deserve equity, access and prevention in their care....
09/23/2020

CWLA supports #BlanketChange because we believe all moms and babies deserve equity, access and prevention in their care. Join the fight at blanketchange.org.

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