Child Welfare League of America


Child Welfare, Adoption Conference Schedule Impacted by Coronavirus Closures

March through May is generally one of the peak times to hold a child welfare conference. But the coronavirus pandemic that has cancelled schools, sporting events and even closed restaurants and non-essential businesses, has also put a halt to those events.


Free Foster Care and Adoption Training Curriculum Being Tested in Seven States

Work is underway to test a national foster and adoptive parent training model that will be free for systems to use by 2022. The National Training and Development Curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents (NTDC) announced last month that seven states have been selected to participate in a pilot project to test its new training curriculum.


New Council on Accreditation CEO Talks Family First Act, Behavioral Health, International Adoption

The Council on Accreditation (COA) was founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities) to ensure a set of standards are met by human services agencies.


Child Welfare Leaders Sign on to Letter Urging States to Ban Conversion Therapy

A group of child welfare workers, educators and medical professionals are calling on states to enact legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from being subject to conversion therapy, a highly controversial practice intended to forcibly “change” a person’s sexual orientation.


 Children off the Radar Screen: What the Child Welfare System Can Learn from Aviation Safety

The past year marked an unprecedented safety milestone for commercial aviation and surely provided much relief for airline passengers, especially frequent fliers. For the first time in aviation history, there was not a single fatality on commercial jet airliners, which flew 4.1 billion passengers around the world.


Words Matter: A Strengths-Based Approach for Family Foster Care

The social work profession emphasizes the strengths-based approach, understanding that while individuals, families, and communities have challenges or needs (not weaknesses), it is essential to recognize the positives. These can be relationships, resources, abilities, skills, knowledge, and networks.


    Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #8: State Family Drug Court Standards, Federal Funds for Substance Abuse

    The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

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    Head of Major N.Y. Congregate Care Organization Calls Out State for Opposing Family First

    As we reported last week, New York’s Office of Children and Family Services has formally opposed the Family First Prevention Services Act, which would open up the federal IV-E entitlement for certain services to prevent foster care while limiting the federal contribution to group homes and other kinds of congregate care.


    The Evolution of Foster Parent Recruitment and Training

    The U.S. family foster care program dates back over 150 years. Known as the father of foster care, a young minister – Charles Loring Brace – was horrified by the thousands of orphaned and destitute European immigrant children he found roaming the streets of New York City or barely surviving in tenements and orphanages.