Child Welfare League of America CEO: Field Must Confront Its Racist Roots

In the nearly two months since the police killing of George Floyd launched a global protest movement against systemic racism, the American child welfare system has experienced its own reckoning. In June, parents marched through Manhattan, waving signs charging child welfare authorities with “stealing Black babies.”

Senator Chuck Grassley


Senate Introduces Bill Targeting Needs of Crossover Youth

Yesterday, Senators Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced legislation to address the needs of the nation’s most at-risk youth. The Child Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams (CONNECT) Act seeks to improve outcomes for youth in contact with both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.


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.


With Child Welfare, Congress Always Wants to Rob Peter to Pay Paul

An edited version of this column has been reprinted with the permission of the Child Welfare League of America. It happened again, just before Congress left for the summer break on July 31, Congress gave children in foster care their heartfelt support but were much more limited in their financial support.


Child Welfare League of America Sheds Pension Plan

The Child Welfare League of America, a 94-year old membership organization representing public and private child welfare agencies, took a major step toward survival when a federal agency agreed to terminate the organization’s pension plan.


CWLA, Major Child Welfare Group, Will Learn Fate of Pension Plan by October

After more than two years of waiting, The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) will hear by the end of September about a federal pension plan ruling that could determine its prospects for survival.


    Nat’l Child Welfare Group Calls for Higher Goals, Community Accountability

    The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) published a manifesto this month calling for excellence in child welfare and accountability in communities this month, a document that balances best practices with a loftier vision for the field.


    CWLA Honors New York City Parent Organizer CWOP

    The Child Welfare League of America awarded its 2013 Community Partnership Award to the Child Welfare Organizing Project, a New York City group that helps parents advocate for themselves after making contact with the city’s child welfare system.


    Life on the Bubble

    With only weeks until his 19th birthday, David C.’s future looks bright. In June, he will graduate from his Contra Costa County high school in the top one percentile of his class, and is excited about starting his college career at the University of California- Berkeley in the fall.