Child Welfare League of America

CWLA is an association of more than 1,100 public and not-for-profit agencies devoted to improving life for more than 3.5 million at-risk children and youths and their families. Member agencies are involved with prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and they provide various services in addition to child protection -- kinship care, family foster care, adoption, positive youth development programs, residential group care, child care, family-centered practice, and programs for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Other concerns of member agencies include managed care, mental health, chemical dependency, housing and homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. For all these areas, CWLA has program experts who consult, train and otherwise assist agencies to advance their practice.

CWLA establishes standards of excellence as goals for child welfare practice. The public policy staff concentrates on passage of child welfare legislation to protect abused and neglected children and strengthen vulnerable families. CWLA is the largest publisher of child welfare materials in the world, is involved extensively in consulting with both governmental and voluntary child welfare organizations on improving services to at-risk children and families, and convenes numerous conferences, seminars and training sessions throughout the year.

For more information, or to contact Child Welfare League of America, see their website at: www.cwla.org

» Recent News

Call for Input on Financing of Child Welfare!
09 Jul 03 | In recent days, I have sent you a great deal of information regarding the current debate in Washington over child welfare financing, and, in particular, the foster care system.

Congress to Consider Foster Care Cap
02 Jul 03 | Federal Title IV-E foster care funds could be capped, or block granted, as Congress acts on a White House proposal that may be introduced in July.

House Approves Welfare and Child Care Reauthorization
16 May 02 | On May 16, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the Child Care and Development Fund, and abstinence education (H.R. 4737). For example, under such authority ...

Statement of Shay Bilchik in Response to the House Passage of Welfare Reform
16 May 02 | Today, the U.S. House of Representatives lost an opportunity to help lift America's children and families out of poverty. Established in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare ...

CWLA Supports Expanding Child Care for Low Income Working Parents
16 Apr 02 | The Access to High Quality Child Care Act (S. 2117) is federal legislation that strengthens the child care assistance program, the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) by improving the quality of child care through the promotion of school readiness ...

Child Welfare League of America Launches 2002 National Children's Memorial Flag Day Activities
12 Apr 02 | The Child Welfare League of America is launching its 2002 National Children's Memorial Flag Day Campaign in honor and recognition of the nearly three million children who are reported abused and neglected in this country each year, and the more ...

CWLA to Participate in Light of Hope Commemoration on the National Mall
29 Mar 02 | The National CASA is hosting the daylong Light of Hope event to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect in the United States. Established in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child ...

State of the Union Response: Statement From Shay Bilchik
29 Jan 02 | CWLA calls on the President to include in his budget proposal increased investments to address child abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, health care, substance abuse, and youth development. Established in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America ...

Statement from CWLA on the Death of Dave Thomas
08 Jan 02 | With deep sadness, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) learned of the death of Dave Thomas. As the Founder of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Thomas was a powerful and public advocate for adoption and a strong voice for children ...

CWLA Named to List of the 100 Best Charities by Worth Magazine
01 Dec 01 | The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has been chosen as one of the 100 Best Charities in the December/January 2002 issue of Worth Magazine. Established in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest ...

Waging War for Our Children
26 Nov 01 | The current demands on federal funding are immense, and as the Bush administration and Congress work to provide support for defense, antiterrorism measures, disaster relief, and economic stimulus, they are attempting to be precision guided in ...

CWLA Observes 2001 National Adoption Awareness Month
01 Nov 01 | The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) asks that you consider running news stories and features in your community about the challenges facing children in need of families. Established in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America is the nation...

Statement From Shay Bilchik: Florida Faces Crisis in Juvenile Justice Funding
01 Nov 01 | Because the budget proposal that the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is currently recommending fails to accomplish this, it threatens the long-term safety of Florida and Floridians. Now, Florida's voters have given their assent to a way to...

Statement From Shay Bilchik: Keeping a Promise to America's Abused and Neglected Children
01 Nov 01 | Washington, DC - Now is the time for President Bush and Congress to keep a promise to increase funding for America's most vulnerable children, youth, and families. Nationwide, nearly three million children were reported as victims of child abuse ...

Generous Giving
29 Oct 01 | According to Maslow, self-actualized individuals are "involved in a cause outside their own skin, in something outside of themselves." The agencies that comprise the membership of the Child Welfare League of America work to ensure the safety and ...

Child Welfare League of America Receives Grant to Support Restraint and Seclusion Training
29 Oct 01 | October 29, 2001, Washington, DC -- The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) announced the receipt of a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) to become the ...

Child Welfare League Of America Receives National Institute of Corrections Grant to Aid Children with Parents in Prison
19 Sep 01 | September 19, 2001, Washington, DC -- The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) announced today that it was the recipient of a grant from the U. S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Established in 1920, the Child ...

We Recover Together: Child Welfare League of America Observes 2001 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
06 Sep 01 | Substance abuse is a factor in the majority of child abuse and neglect cases, according to a new publication by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) entitled Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Child Welfare. Despite this known linkage, a study ...

Child Welfare League of America Supports the Act to Leave No Child Behind
23 May 01 | May 23, 2001, Washington, DC -- Shay Bilchik, Executive Director of the Child Welfare League of America, announced today its support of the Act to Leave No Child Behind. Established in 1920, the Child Welfare League of America is the nation's ...

Voters Give Higher Priority to Investments in Children Than to a Large Tax Cut
21 May 01 | May 21, 2001, Washington, DC -- CWLA conducted press events in four states, Rhode Island, Georgia, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania, to bring attention to the fate of children's programs if Congress enacts a tax cut that is too large. The polls have ...

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