Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 29, Number 2
It is an honor to introduce this special issue of Children’s Voice magazine: CWLA, Universities, and Community Collaborations: Past, Present, and Future. Our goal has been to highlight articles contributed by CWLA member agencies, university faculty, scholars and students, and community organizations. In this special issue, we focus on partnerships and relationships that support improved outcomes for children and families through policy, practice, research, and advocacy.
The inspiration for this issue came from a group of child welfare agency leaders who were exploring strategies to highlight CWLA’s 100th anniversary. The strength of the relationship between and among CWLA and its many partners resulted in a call for papers describing innovative university-community collaborations and interdisciplinary alliances.
The response to the call was phenomenal! Included in this issue are articles from public and private agencies, universities, and community-based organizations across the country. The work highlights practice innovations, socially just policy development, expanded use of technology, and social work education and internship experiences during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Several articles consider intersectionality in response to challenges with an equity-based lens.
Special thanks go to our contributing authors who shared their innovations. We are certain that their work may be adapted for implementation in communities and universities across the country. We appreciate the leadership and enthusiastic support of CWLA President and CEO Christine James-Brown. We also thank Children’s Voice’s editor, Rachel Adams, for her expertise in guiding us through the process of publishing this special issue. Special appreciation goes to Marlene Saulsbury, CWLA’s Director of Publications, for her creative expertise in making this special issue as artistically delightful as the articles are inspiring.
The invitation to serve as co-editors for this special issue has unique meaning for us. We first met as CWLA staff members 25 years ago. Over the years, we have valued our collegial relationship as trainers, social work educators, and advocates for the advancement of child welfare policy and practice in general, and for CWLA’s mission specifically.
Prof. Dana Burdnell Wilson, PhD
School of Social Work, Morgan State University
Prof. Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW
School of Social Work,
California State University, Long Beach