CWLA Endorses: Bills to Support Children and Families

Child Poverty Reduction Act On September 21, 2023, Representative Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Representative Sara Jacobs (D-CA), and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2023 to commit the nation to cutting child poverty by half in 5 years and to

Supervision: A Mission-driven, Culturally and Trauma-Informed Model of Practice at Children & Families First

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 32, Number 1 by Julius Mullen, Kiera McGillivray, and Mike McHugh Supervisors are an essential link between direct service and administration and governance, responsible for helping ensure that agencies and organizations fulfill their missions. This link is strongest when supervision reflects a mission-driven model of practice that is culturally and trauma-informed. This

Valuing and Retaining Staff

Valuing and Retaining Staff: Being Trauma-Informed and Responsive Can Benefit Both Organizations and their Workforce Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 32, Number 1 By Kathleen McGowan, Alix Rivière, Audrey Smolkin, and Melissa Threadgill   The Massachusetts Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma’s (CCWT) mission is to support organizations in becoming more responsive to trauma and in reducing

What are Special Education Surrogate Parents and Why are They Important?

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 32, Number 1 by Elaine Arsenault Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs) are volunteers designated to make special education decisions for students in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) or students whose parents are unknown or unable to participate in the special education decision-making process according to state

Celebrating Families!: Embracing, Empowering, and Guiding Families

Celebrating Families!: Embracing, Empowering, and Guiding Families by Rosemary Tisch When dealing with substance use disorders, traditionally, the focus is on the adult who is using and possibly on their partner. But what services are offered to their children? Children living with an adult dealing with addiction often experience chronic trauma, now recognized as an

Keeping SCHORE

Keeping SCHORE: UPD Consulting Helps Connect Baltimore Students to Affordable Housing Published in Children’s Voice Volume 30, Number 1 by Ann Willemssen At the end of most school days, Joe Manko, the principal of Liberty Elementary School in West Baltimore, would place students into taxis waiting to drive them to their temporary resting spots across the city.

Future Focus

Future Focus: Supporting Education & Career Development in the Era of COVID-19 Published in Children's Voice Volume 30, Number 1 by Lan To It’s currently the fall of 2021 and young people and families are facing so many questions about the future—for which answers are few and ever-changing. A season often full of excitement and

Call for Abstracts: Social Determinants of Health and Child Welfare Services

Call for Abstracts: A Special Issue on Social Determinants of Health and Child Welfare Services Extended Deadline: November 1 The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and Centene Corporation are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for a special issue of Child Welfare journal dedicated to examining the relationship between social determinants of health

A Century-long Pathway to Permanency

A Century-long Pathway to Permanency: The Transformation of the Child Welfare System Joseph M. Costa CEO & President Emeritus, Hillsides The following is an excerpt. To download Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues, and Service Populations, Volume 2. On any given day, children are referred to either the Hillsides’ Resource Family and Adoption

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