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New CWLA Member Agencies

CWLA is delighted to welcome the following agencies as members. We are very pleased they joined our national network engaged in advancing best practices and improved outcomes for children, youth and families. We look forward to their participation, leadership and support. Together we can make children and families a national priority!

American Institutes for Research
Washington, DC - (202) 403-5000
Ms. Cheryl Vince Whitman, Senior Vice President & Director, Human & Social Development
American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research organizations. The organization's overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. AIR's Human and Social Development program promotes youth and family well-being by strengthening systems so children, youth, and families - especially those in tough circumstances - can thrive.

Ark Homes Foster Family Agency
Rancho Cucamonga, CA - (909) 948-5747
Mr. David Mathias, CEO
Ark Homes Foster Family Agency is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of California. Ark Homes serves the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The agency serves foster children in their times of distress and need, including those children who have special needs requirements. The caring staff of Ark Homes has over 30 years of experience working with and for foster families, foster children and their birth parents. Ark Homes trains foster parents, teaching them how to raise and effectively provide for children in their care. Ark Homes continuously monitors and inspects the various foster homes which are certified to ensure that both the foster parents and foster children are the right fit for one another.

Chileda Institute, Inc.
La Crosse, WI - (608) 782-6480
Mrs. Ruth Wiseman, President & CEO
Chileda Institute was founded in 1973 and developed as a special program to help youngsters with multiple disabilities. Chileda supports children and young adults with cognitive and behavioral challenges, providing a continuum of services including: residential school program; day school and summer school; after school and weekend respite program; individualized consulting and training programs for educators and families; and short-term, in-patient assessment .

Community Response
St. Louis, MO - (314) 361-3304
Community Response works with the State of Missouri Children's Division to provide transitional housing services and supports to young adults in foster care. Community Response also receives funding from the Affordable Housing Commission to serve clients, ages 18-24, who have "aged out" of foster care or who are not in the Children's Division custody. Community Response provides a safety net for foster youth while they gain the knowledge, skills and resources to live independently.

Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department
Martinez, CA - (925) 313-1500
Ms. Kathy Gallagher, Director
Employment and Human Services (EHS) is the second largest department in Contra Costa County. Bureaus of EHS include Children & Family Services, Aging & Adult Services, Workforce Services, Community Services, the Workforce Development Board and Administrative Services. EHS provides more than 60 programs that serve over 100,000 citizens in need of basic protection or support services each year. The majority of the services provided are to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, and to people attempting to enter or move up in the workforce.

Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family & Children Services
Atlanta, GA - (404) 651-8409
Dr. Sharon L. Hill, Director
The Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) assists and supports families to ensure children are save from abuse, and families can become more self-sufficient. DFCS is made up of two primary bodies of work: Child Welfare and the Office of Family Independence. Child Welfare encompasses Child Protective Services, Adoptions and Foster Care. The Office of Family Independence oversees the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, Food Stamps, Medicaid and other self-sufficiency and family support activities.

SOS Children's Villages - USA
Washington, DC - (202) 347-7920
Ms. Lynn M. Croneberger, CEO
SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental social development organization. Since its founding in 1949, SOS Children's Villages has expanded to over 500 villages in 133 countries. They are currently raising over 80,000 children in their villages and through their many education, family strengthening, medical, and outreach programs. They impact the lives of over 1 million people each year.

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