CWLA is a leading voice for abused, neglected and otherwise vulnerable children and those who serve them. To help further understanding about issues affecting children, CWLA works closely with the media to provide data, expertise, and insights on a variety of topics.



CWLA Statement on Recent Acts of Violence in Pittsburgh and the Country

CWLA Statement on Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Northern District Court

CWLA Statement on School Violence

Joint Statement By Child Welfare Leaders on Equality for LGBTQ Families and Youth

CWLA in Support of ICWA Rule

Position Statement on Parenting of Children by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adults

Indian Child Welfare Act Resources:

CWLA Statement on Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Northern District Court

CWLA Statement on New Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Rule 

Final Regulations ICWA–June 8, 2016

The Act, PL 95-608

Race, Culture & Identity

CWLA Testimony In Support of ICWA

National Indian Child Welfare Association

ICWA Law Center

Press Releases:

Joint Press Release on Need To Address Post Adoption Services (“Re-Homing”)



Letter on Education Requirements for Foster Care

Letter on Education Requirements for Juvenile Justice


Below are a variety of child welfare-related topics and trends that CWLA can address, providing expert insight and analysis.

  • Foster Care
    • Family foster care
    • Foster parent recruitment–challenges and opportunities
    • Older youth in care/ youth transitioning to adulthood
    • Kinship care
    • Grandparents as caregivers
    • Immigration issues affecting children
    • Racial disparities and disproportionality
    • Tribal youth issues
    • Success stories
    • Long-term impact: homelessness, incarceration
    • Young children in foster care
    • Foster parent recruitment and retention
    • LGBT youth in care
  • Mental Health and Residential Treatment
    • Trauma needs of children and youth
    • Trauma informed care
    • Residential treatment
      • Community based systems of care
      • Residential care trends and issues
      • Family vs. group/institutional care settings
      • Behavior management
  • Adoption
    • Cultural issues in adoption
    • LGBT adoption
    • Adoption vs. reunification
    • Post adoption services
  • Child Welfare System
    • Workforce issues
      • Training
      • Retention
      • Caseload/workload
      • Accountability
    • Standards of excellence
    • Best practices
    • Financing and reforming the system
    • Multi-system collaboration–education, juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health
    • Outcomes
  • Public Policy
    • Child welfare reform
    • Child welfare financing
    • Privatization
    • Federal budget cuts
    • Social Security Act programs for children
    • Medicaid/Medicare
    • Health care reform
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
    • Prevention and family support
    • Family preservation
    • Child fatalities and critical incidents
    • Child protection decision-making
    • Reporting and investigation
    • Obesity/medical neglect as abuse
  • Juvenile Justice /Child welfare
    • Children served across systems


Visit our Data & Information page for statistics, outcomes, data, resources and more.


To receive copies of publications, reports, studies, additional information and data or to schedule an interview with any of CWLA’s primary spokespeople, please contact:

Christine James-Brown
CWLA President & CEO

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