CWLA is celebrating 100 years of leadership in creating and advancing standards of practice, advocacy, and information sharing to enhance the well-being of families, children, and youth. We want everyone to join in our 100th anniversary celebration!

CWLA’s 100th anniversary is prime opportunity to remind key opinion leaders and the general public about the contributions that CWLA, its members and partners have made to the shared goal of improving outcomes for children and families who are vulnerable—and to reenergize commitment and support for CWLA’s work.  As we move forward into the challenges of our second century, CWLA needs to continue to have a significant and robust presence. When we all work together—public sector representatives, private sector representatives, professionals, advocates, communities, caregivers, parents, and more—we can advance excellence and ensure that children, youth, and families have all they need to succeed and flourish.

Join the CWLA movement.  There are many ways you can support us as we move into our next 100 years of service:

  • Membership is available for agencies, organizations, associations, schools, professionals, caregivers, and anyone concerned about the safety, permanence, and well-being of children and youth. Become a CWLA member today!
  • Connect with a CWLA member agency in your local community. Find out how you can support their work with children and families who are vulnerable, and share input about the future direction of service needs and opportunities for community engagement and collaboration.
  • Follow CWLA on social media and share our content. You can help promote increased visibility for the needs of children and families who are vulnerable, and the incredible work being done by child and family service agencies, advocates, caregivers and more. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
  • Look for CWLA Press’ soon to be published 100th anniversary series of essays on key issues in child welfare practice and policy by leaders in the field. Visit CWLA Publications to learn more about our professional books, peer-reviewed journal, seasonal magazine, and award-winning children’s books.
  • Advocate for CWLA’s Legislative Agenda, which supports critical programs and funding for children and families. Visit CWLA’s Action Center which lets you easily connect, anytime, with your Members of Congress to make your voice heard on key issues.
  • Donate to CWLA to help us continue our legacy in the coming century as we strive to improve the lives of children and families who are vulnerable. Help us build brighter futures and ensure that children and families flourish. Give in memory of or in honor of friends and family, share our cause with family and friends, and invite people to join you in supporting our efforts.



Thank you to our 100th Anniversary Committee members for their dedication of time and energy in helping us celebrate this important milestone.


David Caprio
CEO, Children’s Friend
Founding CWLA Member Agency

Carnitra White
Director, Anne Arundel County Dept. of Social Services
Current CWLA Board Member


Andrea Bartolo
Strategic Initiatives, Massachusetts Dept. of Children & Families
Former Staff

Anayra Tua
Executive Director, Proyecto Nacer, Inc.
Current Board Member

April Curtis
Chair, Foster Care Alumni of America Board of Directors
Former Board Member

Dana Wilson
Assistant Professor, Morgan State University School of Social Work
Former Staff

Donna Pressma
CEO, The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey
Founding Member Agency

Doug Waite
Division Chief, Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics, Bronxcare Health System
Current Board Member

Eliza Cooper
Parent Partner

Emilio Benitez
Retired CEO, ChildNet, Inc.
Current Board Member

Faith Roessel
Board President, Association on American Indian Affairs
Former Board Member

Gayle Watts
Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Aid Society of Alabama
Founding Member Agency

George Ford
Executive Director, Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards
Retired Member Agency CEO

Georgia Boothe
VP, Child Welfare and Family Services, Children’s Aid
Founding Member Agency

Irene Clements
Executive Director, NFPA
National Partner

Jim Purcell
CEO, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies
Member Agency

Joan Poliak
Vice Chair, Board of Trustee, Casey Family Programs
Former Board Member

Joe Costa
Chief Executive Officer, Hillsides
Current Board Member

Joel Levine
Executive Director, Harris County Protective Services
Member Agency CEOs

Joey Orduna Hastings
CEO, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
National Partner

Julie Springwater
Executive Director, New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors
Current Board Member

Kathy Briar-Lawson
Professor, Dean Emeritus, University at Albany

Kevin McGuire
Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Social Services
Founding Member Agency

Krisztina Ford
CEO/President, All Faiths
Current Board Member

Larry Liederman
Controller, Supporting Strategies
Current Board Member

Lynda Arnold
Retired Director, NRCITCW
Fomer Staff

Marilyn DeMontrond
Past President, Harris County Protective Services
Current Board Member

Marty Scherr
The Campaign for US Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Former Staff

Michael Bloom
Retired Attorney

Nancy Burmaster
Executive Administrator, Lena Pope
Member Agency

Nancy Christian
CEO, The Florence Crittenton Agency, Inc.
National Partner

Phil Acord
CEO, Chambliss Center for Children
Member Agency CEO

Rachel Gouin
Executive Director, Child Welfare League of Canada
 National Partner

Ramona Denby-Brinson
Associate Professor, University of NV-Las Vegas

Rhonda Sciortino

Richard Klarberg
Retired President and CEO, Council on Accreditation
National Partner

Sarah Saint Laurent
State Youth Coordinator, Rhode Island Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare
Current Board Member

Sharon Pierce
President and CEO, The Villages
Member Agency CEO

Thomas Johnson
President & CEO, Family Matters of Greater Washington
Founding Member Agency

Vicky Kelly
CWLA Board Member
Current Board Member

Yaridis Garcia
Community Planning Manager, Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County
Current Board Member


Christine James Brown

Alan Vietze

Eileen Mayers Pasztor
Trainer & Curriculum Developer

John Sciamanna
Vice President, Public Policy

Julie Brite
Director, Administrative Services

Julie Collins
Vice President, Practice Excellence

Marlene Saulsbury
Director, Publications

Rachel Adams

Shaquita Ogletree
Practice and Policy Associate

Special thanks to our partners for helping CWLA celebrate 100 years of service!