CWLA ADVISORY COMMITTEES

CWLA leverages the expertise of individuals and organizations from a variety of fields to inform and support its work.

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON PRACTICE EXCELLENCE

The CWLA National Commission on Practice Excellence is comprised of individuals responsible for working to support CWLA’s commitment to excellence in child welfare practice. The Commission facilitates member input and leadership to identify the critical issues facing the field and to articulate relevant best practices that underpin quality child welfare practice that advances the safety, permanence and well-being of all children and families in, or at risk of, being involved in the child welfare system. For additional information contact Julie Collins or Andrea Bartolo.

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NATIONAL COMMISSION ON PUBLIC POLICY

The CWLA National Commission on Public Policy is comprised of individuals who are responsible for working to support CWLA’s commitment to excellence in informed public policy. The Commission facilitates member input and leadership to identify the critical issues facing the field and to articulate relevant policies that underpin quality child welfare practice that advances the safety, permanence and well-being of all children and families in, or at risk of, being involved in the child welfare system. For additional information contact Tim Briceland-Betts or John Sciamanna.

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NATIONAL KINSHIP CARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The purpose of CWLA’s National Kinship Care Advisory Committee is to provide CWLA staff with guidance, assistance, and recommendations for addressing the service and support needs of children, relative caregivers, and kinship families. For additional information contact Donna Petras or Charlene Ingram.

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MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD

The purpose of CWLA’s Mental Health Advisory Board is to provide CWLA staff with guidance, assistance, and recommendations for addressing the mental health care and co-occurring substance abuse needs of children and their families, especially those known to the child welfare system. For additional information contact Julie Collins.

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CHILD WELFARE JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY PANEL

The International Advisory Panel is a group of leaders in social work education with special interest in child welfare and child protection who have joined with CWLA to disseminate research findings and evidence-informed/based practices in child welfare and child protection globally. Representatives from all regions of the world participate on the panel to identify issues and trends, research, and policy and practice innovations in child welfare and child protection. For additional information contact Donna Petras.

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CHILD WELFARE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD

Launched in 1921, the Child Welfare Journal, is a scholarly, bimonthly publication keeping individuals abreast of the special problems facing millions of children who are vulnerable. Child Welfare links the latest findings in child welfare and related research with the best practice, policy, and program development into one innovative resource equally indispensable to child welfare and associated professionals. The Child Welfare Journal Editorial Board includes individuals with a range of subject interests from throughout the country who have prestige in the field of child and family services. Editorial board members conduct peer reviews of articles, provide strategic editorial advice, act as ambassadors for the journal, sourcing potential authors and readers and also potential subscribers, and encourage their students and colleagues to read and cite the journal. For additional information contact Rachel Adams.

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NATIONAL FAITH-BASED ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The National Faith-Based Advisory Committee will assist us in identifying and/or developing resources to assure a faith perspective in CWLA conferences, trainings and materials. The Advisory Committee will also give input for conducting research on effective models for engaging faith communities in child welfare services. For additional information contact Zuline Gray Wilkinson.

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