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Adele Robinson to Head New Pizzigati Institute on Advocacy for Children, Youth, and Families

Adele Robinson has been named to head the new Pizzigati Institute on Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families, at the University of Maryland. The Institute is named for Karabelle Pizzigati, who was Director of Public Policy at CWLA from 1993 to 2000, and a veteran national expert, advocate and mentor on public policies that impact

Karabelle Pizzigati

On Thursday, June 11, Karabelle Pizzigati passed away. Karabelle was the CWLA public policy director from 1993 to 2000. During her time as director she led efforts to pass major legislation including the Multiethnic Placement act (1994) which prevents discrimination in Title IV-E services, and the Adoption and Safe Families Act (1997), which creates timelines

Letter To Congress to Save SSBG

Today CWLA sent a letter on the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) to all members of the House and Senate. As you know from some of the state by state calls we have been conducting, SSBG is under severe attack and it is vital to programs especially child protection, child welfare, and domestic violence. We hope

CWLA Policy Statement: Juvenile Shackling

"[Shackles] made me feel like a chained dog that you are trying to make into something less than I am. [I] hated seeing the tears in my dad’s eyes when he saw me in cuffs.” —17- year-old boy, Arizona, September 2014 Since 1921, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the oldest child welfare organization

National Caregivers Month

President Obama has issued a presidential proclamation recognizing November as National Caregivers Month. In the proclamation the President said, "Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and

Finance Reform & Child Welfare: A Balanced Approach

For many years the child welfare field has debated the need for a new system of finance that would ensure eligibility for all in children in need. The CWLA Balanced Approach offers a number of options that can be enacted either individually or in some combination, all with the goal of moving reform forward.

New Child Trends Report Updates Child Welfare Spending Patterns

 Child Trends has released their latest report on state and federal child welfare spending, Federal, State and Local Spending to Address Child Abuse and Neglect in SFY 2012 . The report shows a total of $12.7 billion in federal funds spent in 2012 on child welfare services—a decrease from two years earlier. The state and local spending

President Signs Incentive Fund, Sex Trafficking Legislation

 On Monday, September 29, President Obama signed HR 4980 (PL 113-183, read the CWLA summary) the bill extends, expands and reauthorizes the adoption incentive program and extends the family connections grants by one year through FY 2014. It was critical that the President signed the bill before the end of the fiscal year so the

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