At CWLA, we know that collaboration is key to improving the lives of children and families. That’s why we foster and connect a diverse coalition of child-serving professionals, who partner with us to fulfill our mission of advancing policies, strategies, and best practices that result in better outcomes for children, youth, and families.

CWLA provides members with the guidance and resources necessary to build on what works and invent what’s needed. Members influence the direction of child welfare by connecting with federal lawmakers, serving on national committees, and sharing ideas with peers around the country. Staff at all levels of member organizations can fully participate in membership benefits–ensuring the families they serve have a national voice.

CWLA invites everyone entrusted with the well-being of children to join us, and create change that matters for those who need it most.

Read more about how CWLA membership can benefit your organization by reading our Membership Booklet, or by emailing

Membership Types

CWLA understands that no two child-serving organizations are alike. That’s why we’ve designed our membership to work for agencies that are public or private; provide direct services or connect families with those that do; work in advocacy, research, or training; and for corporations, foundations or concerned citizens. Each has their own role to play in helping families flourish.

CWLA membership dues are calculated with these differences in mind, ensuring that everyone can participate in forming collaborative strategies to secure bright futures for children.


Full Membership is for county and state-wide public agencies and private nonprofit organizations that provide direct child welfare services to children and families. Dues are calculated based on budget or population served.

Affiliate Membership is available for offices and branches of full member organizations.


Supporting Partner Membership is for public and nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities, associations, and advocacy groups that support children and families but do not provide direct services, and for public and nonprofit organizations that provide non-child welfare direct services to children and families.


Corporate/For Profit Membership is for agencies that provide direct services to children and families and organizations that support and enhance services to children and families.


General* and Premium Individual Membership is for everyone who wants to personally support CWLA’s Mission and Vision.

*General Individual Membership does not receive a subscription to the Child Welfare journal.


We are pleased to offer a special rate Full Membership for Tribes and Indigenous Nations’ Child and Family Services Departments. Join CWLA to leverage the power of collective problem solving and engage with child- and family-serving professionals to further service excellence in support of children, youth, and families. Your perspective, expertise, and voice are invaluable to these efforts. Learn more about this membership opportunity.


  • Reduced registration, exhibit, and advertising rates at CWLA conferences, webinars, and other events
  • Access to exclusive members-only networking and shared learning sessions
  • Weekly newsletter The Children’s Monitor–a detailed breakdown of federal policy in progress and analysis of its impact on child welfare
  • Access to CWLA’s National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare, a comprehensive guide for achieving a future where all children grow up in loving families and supportive communities
  • Access to all CWLA Standards of Excellence, and the opportunity to help shape future standards
  • An annual subscription to our award-winning magazine, Children’s Voice
  • An annual subscription to Child Welfare, the only peer-reviewed journal devoted solely to the welfare of children
  • Priority eligibility to present at CWLA conferences and to publish in CWLA professional publications
  • The opportunity to serve on CWLA committees and advisory boards
  • Discounts on trainings and consultation services and on all CWLA publications
  • Eligibility to participate in CWLA partnership programs, including online training, leadership development, group purchasing, funding resources, and more
  • Discounts on employee recruitment opportunities in CWLA’s online career center


“I know I can always reach out to CWLA, and they can immediately provide direct assistance and can also connect me to a colleague in another state for advice and support. And that same sense of collegiality goes for my staff as well. We can count on CWLA not only for their unquestioned expertise but also for their ability to link a national network of leaders and advocates toward our common goal of enhancing the well-being of children and their families.””

Dr. Todd A. Landry
Director, Office of Child & Family Services – Maine

“CWLA membership has a multitude of benefits for not only the agency but also the professional. … I have personally benefited from the ability to participate in CWLA committees and taskforces with other leaders across the country. We have also had the opportunity to give feedback on federal legislation, assist in setting standards for the field, and participate in conversations around engaging men in the workforce.”

Dr. Alger M. Studstill, Jr.
Deputy Director of Protection & Safety, Children & Family Services – Nebraska


Please email or fill out the form below with any questions. Find out more about how CWLA membership can benefit your organization by reading our Membership Booklet.