The CWLA 2023 National Conference, Stronger Together: Uniting to Advance Change, was be held April 26-28, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Using CWLA’s guiding principles, this conference highlighted successful strategies for bridging the divide between public and private sectors of child welfare and related systems and the families and communities they serve. For three days, child- and family-serving professionals, families, and community representatives gathered to explore effective ways of deepening their relationships and engaging in more effective collaboration. By harnessing our collective wisdom, we learned how to develop and implement innovative and sustainable solutions that achieve child and family well-being.

True collaboration allows space for everyone’s voice to be heard. CWLA featured workshops from community partners who focus on child and family well-being through childcare, Head Start, housing and other services, as well as from frontline staff and youth and parents with lived expertise. Workshops focused on effective strategies and practices that strengthen families; cross-system partnerships; innovative approaches to service delivery; bolstering the child welfare workforce; strategies for supporting families impacted by mental health, and more.  

As always, the conference was an opportunity to engage with practice and policy colleagues from around the country, with events designed to encourage connection across systems, sectors, and state lines.

Contact CWLA2023@cwla.org for assistance.

Conference Program & Photos

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A special thank you to our conference sponsors for their generous support!

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 (Advocacy Day!)

9:30 am – 11:20 am
Members-Only Pre-Conference Event

11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Opening Plenary & Lunch

1:35 pm – 2:50 pm

3:10 pm – 4:25 pm
Workshops & Roundtables

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Thursday, April 27, 2023

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Coffee in Exhibit Hall

9:20 am – 10:35 am

10:55 am – 12:10 pm

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Plenary Session & Lunch

2:20 pm – 3:35 pm

Thursday, April 27, 2023 (continued)

3:55 pm – 5:10 pm
Workshops & Roundtables

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Reception in Exhibit Hall

Friday, April 28, 2023

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Coffee in Exhibit Hall

9:15 am – 10:30 am
Workshops & Roundtables

10:50 am – 12:05 pm

12:25 pm – 1:55 pm
Closing Plenary & Lunch

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Training Institute

Saturday, April 29, 2023

9:00 am – 9:30 am

9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Training Institute


CWLA’s National Conference, held steps from Capitol Hill, offers a valuable opportunity for agencies to connect directly with their members of Congress. This dialogue is crucial; policymakers need to learn more about the pivotal issues affecting the children and families we serve. CWLA helps facilitate this exchange, by preparing conference attendees with fact sheets and talking points to maximize the impact of their conversations.

 Wednesday, April 26, 2023 was Advocacy Day! 


Training Institute

CWLA’s post-conference Training Institute is a two-day event, designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of workers, supervisors, managers, and directors, leading to a more strengths-based, prevention-focused system of care.

Participants left with a strengthened capacity to:

  • Identify and utilize the strengths of kinship families to provide safety, well-being, and permanency for the children in their care
  • Meaningfully engage with Black fathers
  • Move from DEI discussion to DEI implementation
  • Offer strength-based, solution-focused strategies for families that are co-parenting
  • Support professional engagement, partnership, and team building through supervision techniques
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through awareness, acknowledgement, action, and accountability

These exclusive training sessions afforded attendees the opportunity to work closely with experts in the field. Trainings were held on Friday, April 28 from 2:30pm – 5:30pm and on Saturday, April 29 from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Hotel & Travel

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Hotel Reservations

Room reservations must be made directly with the hotel. You can reserve by phone at 1-800-233-1234 (reference group code: G-CWL3) or online at Hyatt Reservations. Room availability and special rates are guaranteed only until April 3, 2023, or until the space is filled. Please be sure to make your reservation under our conference group block to ensure waiver of the destination fee charged at this hotel.


The closest airport to the conference is Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). A map of the area, driving directions, and ground transportation options are available at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.


Sponsorships are essential to our ability to offer this vital conference.

As always, it’s important to us that we build a sponsorship package that suits the unique goals of our sponsors. Feel free to browse our Sponsor Deck or reach out to RReed@cwla.org with your own suggestions.

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