Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
April 27 – 29, 2015

Call for Proposals

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 2.08.52 PMThe foundation and framework for Excellence in Child Welfare is achieving the vision that all children will grow up safely, in loving families and supportive communities, with everything they need to flourish—and with connections to their culture, ethnicity, race, language and sexual identity.  CWLA encourages and supports innovative approaches and multi-system collaborations that have improved the well-being and success of children, youth, and families who are most vulnerable.  CWLA advocates for best policies and practices, and encourages building strategic alliances that result in improved outcomes.

The 2015 CWLA national conference will engage stakeholders and partners whose efforts, contributions, and standards improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. We welcome and encourage workshop presentations on key challenges and reforms currently in the field from individuals and organizations; family-and child-serving systems; consumers and community leaders; and others who effectively serve children and families who are vulnerable.

We are particularly interested in presentations that provide innovative strategies for addressing issues and concerns that will advance the quality of child welfare services.  We are also interested in workshop proposals that showcase those policies, programs, practices, research, and collaborations that are aligned with one or more of the Core Principles of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare. The Principles are: Rights of Children, Shared Responsibility and Leadership, Engagement/Participation, Supports and Services, Quality Improvement, Workforce, Race, Ethnicity and Culture, and, Funding and Resources.

Workshops should feature evidence-informed or evidence-based programs and promising practices that help to achieve maximum family functioning, child development, safety, and well-being for children, youth, and families.  Workshops that show collaborative working relationships and partnerships within or across systems and with youth, families, and communities are especially welcome.

Topical Areas:

  1. Promising Practices, Programs and Strategies: Core Child Welfare Services and Programs; Immigrant Children and Families; Military Families; Children of Incarcerated Parents; Internationally-focused Programs and Services; Tribal Communities; Residential Transformation; Trauma Informed Practice; Educational Outcomes for Youth in Care
  2. Effective Engagement, Partnership and Collaboration:  Systems and Cross Systems; Community; Parents and Relatives; Public and Private Organizations and Agencies; International
  3. Challenges and Opportunities Related to Safety and Prevention of Child Maltreatment: Building Services and Supports for Families; Improving Outcomes for Children and Families Affected by Substance Use and Abuse; Impact of Community Violence
  4. Innovations in Leadership, Workforce Development, and Quality Improvement: Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress or Compassion Fatigue for all who Serve and Support Children and Families; Effective Strategies for Staff Support; Staff Development through Trainings and Educational Opportunities; Building Leadership Capacity within the Organization; Supervision
  5. Evidence-Based Practice and Research: Application of Evidence-Based Practice to Program Design and Service Delivery; Identification, Interpretation, and Effective Use of Research; Strategies and Methods for Effective Program and Service Evaluation; Data

Please visit Online Submission to submit a workshop proposal for the CWLA 2015 National Conference.  The submission deadline is October 10, 2014.  Please contact for assistance