Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
April 27 – 29, 2015

Conference Highlights

Gala Dinner & Awards – Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7:00 pm

Enjoy a delicious meal and an inspiring evening featuring live entertainment, distinguished speakers, and Excellence awards. Our eagerly anticipated Tuesday evening gathering is an opportunity to relax, network, and enjoy good food and great conversation with colleagues and friends. Join us as we acknowledge and celebrate foster care alumna and top blues and soul songstress, Janiva Magness, as CWLA’s newest ambassador.

Prepare to be inspired. CWLA will be honoring additional individuals and organizations with a demonstrated commitment to improving outcomes for children and families who are vulnerable and achievements that improve the safety, permanence, and well-being of children. The CWLA awards program encourages excellence and innovation for child welfare, highlights efforts that positively impact our work, and acknowledges “champions” and role models.

Be sure to also attend the pre-gala reception in the Exhibit Hall. And raise your glass to CWLA’s 94th year.


Meet & Network with CWLA Authors

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, CWLA author and philanthropist Kathleen Pelley has been writing children’s books for decades. CWLA published her first children’s picture book, The Giant King, in 2003. Since then, she’s published a litany of successful children’s books. Her newest, due out next fall, is Happy Mamas, a beautifully written and illustrated book for mothers, babies, and toddlers — and anyone and everyone who is moved by the power of motherly love. Kathleen donates all the proceeds from the sale of her books to the Makumbi Children’s Home for AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe.

Meet Kathleen Pelley and other CWLA authors during conference plenary sessions and in the Exhibit Hall.