Welcome to the Practice Excellence Center. For 70 years, CWLA’s Standards of Excellence in Child Welfare Services have played a unique national role in shaping quality programs and practices across the country.

CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare and CWLA’s programmatic Standards of Excellence set a framework for all children, youth and families to flourish. This framework encompasses all of the practice and policy work we do at CWLA.

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The Play’s the Thing: Disadvantaged Kids find their Onstage Voices

Recent article gives the details of the Manhattan-based Possibility Project (TPP), which uses theater to help disadvantaged teens confront their most pressing real world issues in hopes of transforming lives for the better. Through TPP, teenagers are given the opportunity to explore different behaviors and confront situations that differ from their own. Through their roles, individuals are able to deal with the negative forces and emotions in their lives.

The Impact of Gun Violence on Children, Families, & Communities

Recent article on the impact of gun violence in the lives of children, families, and their communities. The authors highlight the need to focus the conversation on the victims of gun violence rather than focusing on keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill individuals. conclusion, the article suggests the ways in which exposure to gun violence might be prevented: in collaborative effort.
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Andrea Bartolo, Director, Consultation
Phone: 978.929.9333
Julie Collins, Director of Standards for Practice Excellence
Phone: 202.688.4155
Donna Petras, Director, Models of Practice/Training
Phone: 202.590.8746
CWLA National Advisory Committee on Practice Excellence



CWLA-Practice Areas-Family
  • Early Childhood
  • Family Support
  • Gun Violence
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Parenting
  • Social Supports as (Primary) Maltreatment Prevention
  • Post Permanency 


CWLA-Practice Areas-Growth
  • Behavioral Health
  • Early Childhood/Child Care and Development
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Healthy Growth & Development in Child Welfare
  • Trauma
  • Youth Development and Transition



CWLA-Practice Areas-Protection
  • Baby Abandonment
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
  • Child Protection/Alternative Response
  • Child Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Strengthening and Stabilization
  • Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare
  • Serious and Fatal Child Maltreatment


CWLA-Practice Areas-Placement
  • Adoption
  • Family Foster Care
  • Kinship Care/Guardianship
  • Residential Group Care and Intervention
  • Reunification 


CWLA-Practice Areas-Culture
  • Cultural Competence and Racial Equity 
  • Disparity and Disproportionality
  • Indian Child Welfare 
  • International Child Welfare 
  • LGBTQ Issues in Child Welfare 
  • Rural Child Welfare

Below are CWLA’s recent press releases, press statements, Op-eds, columns, and materials that provide perspectives on child welfare and issues that impact children who are vulnerable.

CWLA Vice President for Policy and Public Relations, Linda S. Spears highlights aspect of race and culture that may impact abused and neglected children in “Cultural Aspects” chapter found in Volume Three of Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment: Cultures at Risk and Role of Professionals.

CWLA Director of Standards for Practice Excellence, Julie Collins served as lead chapter author for a chapter on Fiscal Strategies: Federal, State, and County Examples of Transformation in the Building Bridges Initiative’s recently released book titled Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Families: A Best Practice Guide.  Readers will find helpful information on transforming residential services to improve the quality of interventions and improve outcomes.

National Adoption and Child Welfare Organizations, Responding to ‘Re-homing’ Reports, Call on Congress and Public Officials to Protect Children, Support Adoptive Families


To receive copies of publications, reports, studies, additional information and data or to schedule an interview with any of CWLA’s primary spokespeople, please contact:
Christine James-Brown, President & CEO
Phone: 202.688.4191
Email: cjamesbrown@cwla.org
Margie Fowler, Executive Assistant
Phone: 202.688.4160
Email: mfowler@cwla.org

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