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Why Partner with CWLA?

At CWLA, we are committed to engaging all Americans in making children a national priority. We know our outreach is touching concerned citizens. In 2003 alone, CWLA's website received more than 1,000,000 individual visits, providing professionals as well as the general public with information they need to promote the well-being of children. We also have several grassroots campaigns that successfully mobilize citizens nationwide in support of children.

Our most recent campaign surrounds a landmark document called the Framework for Community Action, which is grounded in the five universal needs that communities must meet for all their children to thrive. We are using this important document to build a national consensus among all individuals and groups who are concerned for the health and well-being of children.

CWLA's work has been recognized repeatedly. Our staff members have received national recognition for the work they've done in behalf of children. The books and manuals we publish are used by thousands of social workers and families. Here are just a few examples from the past few years:
  • The Kissing Hand, a children's book published by CWLA, won the 2002 Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contributions to Children's Literature. The Kissing Hand is also a winner of the Ed Press Award and a New York Times bestseller, and is endorsed by many public school systems.

  • CWLA's videos on children and AIDS have won numerous awards, including a Bronze Apple Award from the National Educational Film and Video Festival for With Loving Arms in 1990, and a Red Ribbon Award from the American Film and Video Festival for Living with Loss in 1992.

  • CWLA's Center for Children, Youth, and Family Development was honored by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 2002 for its work in adolescent sexuality, parenting, and pregnancy prevention.

  • In September 2002, Adoption Program Manager Ada White was honored as an "Angel in Adoption" by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Nominated by Senator John Breaux (D-LA), Ada received the award for her tireless work to unite children waiting for permanent homes with adoptive parents.

  • In July 2002, Public Policy Analyst Tim Briceland-Betts received the first annual Intergenerational Public Policy Award from Generations United in recognition of his commitment to uniting the generations through intergenerational approaches to public policy and in honor of his outstanding service on the Generations United Public Policy Committee.

  • In the summer of 2002, CWLA received a Certificate of Commendation from the Mayor of Fullerton, California, for bringing together professionals in the field around the issue of child, youth, and family development.

  • In September 2000, CWLA Assistant Vice President for Program Operations Linda Spears received the Pioneer Award for her work in domestic violence and child maltreatment. Awarded by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the award recognized Linda and a small group of colleagues from other organizations for spearheading groundbreaking work on best practices and collaborative approaches to handling services for families who experience both domestic violence and child maltreatment.

  • Floyd Alwon, Director of the CWLA Walker Trieschman Center for Professional Development, was selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Children's Residential Centers in 1998. He earned the award through his longstanding commitment to improving the quality of services to children and families in residential programs.

  • CWLA's parenting books are used by public and private child care and educational institutions nationwide. For example, the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver, which provides parenting classes to 500 people every quarter, recently decided to recommend Respectful Parenting to all class participants.

  • In 1997, Parenting Magazine ran a feature in its 10th anniversary issue called "The Power of Giving, 10 Charities that Make a Difference in the Lives of Children and Families." CWLA was one of the 10.

  • The Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE curriculum, developed in 1993 in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and in collaboration with other state child welfare agencies, has trained 2,800 trainers and 1.1 million foster and adoptive families nationwide. In addition, PRIDE has been translated into several languages and is in use in both Europe and Asia.
For more information on partnership opportunities, please contact Terri Braxton 703/412-2426.

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