Dear CWLA Colleagues,

CWLA was founded 100 years ago by a group of child- and family-serving organizations who were committed to improving the health and well-being of children and families across the country. As we approach our 100th anniversary conference, we are confronted with a global crisis that challenges this important commitment.

It is with a heavy heart and a full understanding of the incredible work and effort on the part of so many people –which includes our conference planning committee members, presenters, vendors, and sponsors, as well as the terrific CWLA staff and volunteer team – that we have decided to postpone the upcoming CWLA conference.

We will find a way to come together soon to celebrate the special contributions of people and organizations who have worked with CWLA and supported its mission over the years. However, currently, it is not safe to ask people to travel or to leave their agencies, families, and communities when things are so uncertain. At this time, we are exploring new dates for the conference, which we hope to confirm in the next few days, as well as considering having a virtual conference. Until this has been decided, I ask that presenters hold onto your presentations and everyone please be patient as we work things out. Conference fees paid will be credited to a future event. We’ll be sharing additional information shortly.

For the moment, we are all confronted with finding resourceful avenues to serve our families and communities while ensuring everyone stays safe and healthy. It is our resolve to establish methods to support you in this effort. As we work toward these goals, I will continue to send you correspondence with relevant information concerning our updates.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of children, families, and communities.

Christine James-Brown
CWLA President and CEO