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


The CWLA National Commission for Policy and Practice is comprised of individuals responsible for working to support CWLA’s commitment to excellence in child welfare practice and informed public policy. The Commission facilitates member input and leadership to identify the critical issues facing the field and to articulate relevant policies and 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 on Policy contact John Sciamanna or Tim Briceland-Betts, on Practice contact Julie Collins or Donna Petras.

Lenette Azzi-Lessing
Wheelock College

Philip Acord
Children’s Home-Chambliss Shelter

Kathleen Belanger
Stephen F. Austin State University

Erin Bradley
Children’s League of Massachusetts

Katherine Buchanan
Child Care Association of Illinois

David Caprio
Children’s Friend

Nadia Cayce
National Federation of Families

Nancy Christian
The Florence Crittenton Agency, Inc.

Kathleen Cleary
Consortium for Children

Irene Clements
National Foster Parent Association

Kathy Colbenson
CHRIS Kids, Inc.

Steve Corsi
Wyoming Department of Family Services

Frank Crawford Jr.
Independent Senior Consultant – Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Human Services

Georgia Deoudes
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

William J. Eberwein, II
Choice Services International, Inc.

Jean Fiorito
National Foster Parent Association

Alan-Michael Graves
Children’s Institute, Inc.

Sue Hague
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families

Susan Hallett
Casey Family Programs

Toni Heinemann
A Home Within

Kathleen Henke
Child Care Association of Illinois

Mike Jackson
Drew Child Development Corporation

Alex Kamberis
Virginia Department of Social Services

Brenda Lawrence
Family Design Resources, Inc.

Donna Lucero
All Faiths Receiving Home

Kevin McGuire
Westchester County Department of Social Services

Ruth McRoy
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

Mark Mecum
Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies

William Metcalf

Alex Morales
The Children’s Bureau of Southern California

Adam Pertman
National Center on Adoption and Permanency

Donna Pressma
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

James Purcell
Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies

Debbie Russo
Florida Department of Children and Families

Michelle Sanborn
Children’s Alliance

David Simmons
National Indian Child Welfare Association

Todd Sosna
Children’s Institute, Inc.

Linda Spears
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Julie Springwater
New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors

Julie Swindler
Families First of Palm Beach County

Gerald Wallace
New York State Kinship Navigator

Stephen Yerdon
Devereux Massachusetts


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.

Joseph Crumbley

Carolyn Eberwein
Choice Services International

Madelyn Gordon
Grandparents as Parents

Jacci Graham
Children Service Society

Charlene Ingram, NKCAC Chair
CWLA Senior Fellow

Cate Newbanks
FACES of Virginia Families

Adel Prior
Turning Points for Children

Brenda Rich
Turning Points for Children

Zelma Smith

Sylvie deToledo
Grandparents as Parents

Gerard Wallace, Esq.
NYS Kinship Navigator


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.

Stephen Ambrose
Children’s Institute, Inc.

Joseph Costa

Eileen Elias, MHAB Chair
JBS International, Inc.

Dorothy Gloster
National Foster Care Reform Initiative

Toni Heineman
A Home Within

Alan Korz
Episcopal Center for Children

Leonardo Rodriguez
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Inc.

Linda Thomas-Jones
Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

Steven Tremblay
Child Welfare League of Canada

Richard Weisgal
American Institutes for Research


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.

Prof. Dr. Tatsuru Akimoto
Director, Asian Center for Social Work Research Exchange
Hasegawa Research Institute for Budhist Culture
Shukutoju University
Chiba, Japan

Yasmin Dean, PhD, RSW
Department of Social Work and Disability Studies
Mount Royal University
Calgary, AB, Canada

Louise Harms, PhD
Department of Social Work, School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

Bong Joo Lee
College of Social Sciences
Seoul National University
Seoul, Korea

Prof. Antoinette Lombard
Department of Social Work and Crimonology
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Anna Metteri, PhD
University of Tampere

Vishanthie Sewpaul, PhD
University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) &
Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA)
Durban, South Africa

Abye Tasse, PhD
Social Work and Social Development
University of Nouakchott

Dr. Rory G. Truell
International Federation of Social Workers
Bern, Switzerland

Charlotte Williams OBE
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
Rmit University
Melbourne, Australia


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.

Julie Cooper Atlman
Adelphi University

Gary R. Anderson
Michigan State University

Rosemary Avery
Cornell University

Sam Aymer
Hunter College

Amy Baker
Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection

Mary Bissell

Wendy Whiting Blome
Catholic University of America

Erma Borskey
Southern University

Crystal Collins-Camargo
University of Louisville

Amy D’Andrade
San Jose State University

Angelique Day
Wayne State University

Alan Detlaff
University of Illinois at Chicago

Martha Dore
The Guidance Center, Inc.

Ilze Earner
Hunter College

Kathleen Coulborn Faller
University of Michigan

Rowena Fong
University of Texas at Austin

Priscilla Gibson
University of Minnesota

James Gleeson
University of Illinois at Chicago

Manny Gonzalez
Hunter College

Sarah B. Greenblatt
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Victor Groza
Case Western Reserve University

Jessica Hagaman
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Neal Halfon
University of California, Los Angeles

Michele Hanna
University of Denver

Mark Hardin
American Bar Association

Rebecca Hegar
University of Texas at Arlington

Corie Hebert
Southeastern Louisiana University

Peg Hess
University of South Carolina

David Hussey
Beech Brook

Ben Kerman
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Bethany Lee
University of Maryland

Mary McCarthy
University at Albany

Brad McKenzie
University of Manitoba

Larry Owens
Western Kentucky University

Eileen Mayers Pasztor
California State University, Long Beach

Joan Pennell
North Carolina State University

Peter Pecora
University of Washington

Diane Purvin
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Jini Roby
Brigham Young University

Mitchell Rosenwald
Barry University

Joseph Ryan
University of Michigan

Gina Miranda Samuels
University of Chicago

Karen Staller
University of Michigan

Richard Sullivan
University of British Columbia

Lorraine Tempel
Hunter College

Elizabeth Tracy
Case Western Reserve University

Ellen Whipple
Michigan State University

Mi Youn Yang
Louisiana State University


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.

Ms. Hena Ali
Jewish Child Care Association of New York

Ms. Maureen Archibald
Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc.

Ms. Alicen Bennett
Arkansas Department of Human Services, DCFS

Bishop Aaron Blake
TX DFPS Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children

Mr. Charles Chambers

Ms. Beth Dawson
Fostering the SOUL Ministry

Pastor Sean Dogan
Long Branch Baptist Church

Ms. Kara Eusebio
Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children

Mr. Ricardo Franco
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)/Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Ms. Yaridis Garcia
Juvenile Welfar Board Children’s Services Council of Pinellas County

Ms. Gail Gonzalez
Texas Department of Family and Protective Servies

Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr.
Amachi/Philadelphia Leadership Foundation

Mr. Bill Hancock
FaithBridge Foster Care

Bishop Joseph Henderson
Bragg Hill Family Life Center/Tower of Deliverance Church

Rev. R.B. Holmes Jr.
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Bernard Keels
Morgan State University

Mr. Philip Kouns
The Children’s Village at Christian City

Dr. Scott Larson
Straight Ahead Ministries

Dr. Mayra B. Lopez
Proyecto Nacer, Inc.

Ms. Denise Lucombe
Richmond Department of Social Services

Dr. Charles Luke
Tarrant County Spiritual Network

Ms. Antoinette Malveaux
Casey Family Programs

Ms. Ellen McKinley
C.D.E.A. (Child Development Education Alliance)

Mr. Herbert Newell
Lifeline Children’s Services

Mr. Donald Pettway
Maryville Academy

Ms. Aimee Poche
Healing Place Serve

Mr. Eric Porter
Assemblies of God

Ms. Rebecca Price
Jewish Child Care Association of New York

Ms. Nancy Rivera-Laboy

Dr. Arie Sailor
One Church One Child of Florida, Inc.

Ms. Angela Sanders
Tennyson Center for Children

Ms. Rhonda Sciortino

Ms. Suzy Sonnier
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

Mr. Gary Taylor
Orange County Social Services Agency

Mr. Jason Weber
Christian Alliance for Orphans

Dr. Alfonso Wyatt
Designing Futures through Faith & Facts

Ms. Lynn Young
Saddleback Church