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CWLA joins CARF's International Advisory Council

Council seat strengthens partnership between accreditor and advocacy organization for children

Tucson, AZ -- January 8, 2009 -- The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), a leading advocacy organization for children, has accepted a seat on CARF's International Advisory Council (IAC). CARF International accredits health and human services, including child and youth services.

The IAC comprises organizational and individual members who represent the spectrum of CARF's accreditation services. Members include persons receiving services, service providers, professionals in the field, governmental agencies, and purchasers. The IAC provides guidance on the development of the CARF standards and issues affecting fields in which CARF offers accreditation.

"We are honored by the invitation to join CARF's International Advisory Council and are pleased to have an opportunity to be affiliated with an organization that promotes quality across a broad range of human services, particularly child welfare," said Christine James-Brown, president and CEO of CWLA. "This relationship with CARF will help CWLA in its ongoing mission to support our member agencies as they go about the job of helping children."

CWLA is dedicated to ensuring that disadvantaged and vulnerable children are protected from harm and have the tools and resources they need to grow into healthy and happy adults. CWLA is the only national organization with members from both public and private agencies, providing access and influence to all sectors of the children's services field.

Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., president/CEO of CARF International, said, "CWLA's presence on the IAC will be a positive voice for the well-being of children and youths. CARF accreditation spans services for persons of all ages, and CWLA will bring a unique perspective for improving the lives of our youngest and often most vulnerable citizens."

CWLA's relationship with CARF International dates from 2003, when CWLA recognized CARF as an accreditation partner. For full membership, CWLA requires accreditation by an approved accreditor plus a commitment to achieving the goals set forth in CWLA's Standards of Practice Excellence.

Service providers may seek CARF accreditation for their child and youth services. In addition, rehabilitation programs can apply additional standards to distinguish their services if they serve children and adolescents.

Director, Practice Excellence Julie Collins, LCSW, will represent CWLA on the IAC.

With the addition of CWLA, the IAC encompasses 37 organizational and 5 individual members. A list of the IAC members can be found at www.carf.org/members.

For more information about CARF accreditation of child and youth services, please write cys@carf.org or call toll free (888) 281-6531.

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About CWLA

Since 1920, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has been the nation's pre-eminent organization dedicated to ensuring that disadvantaged and vulnerable children are protected from harm and have the tools and resources they need to grow into the healthy and happy adults we want them to become. CWLA is the trusted authority for professionals who work with children and the only national organization with members from both public and private agencies, providing unique access and influence to all sectors of the children's services field.

CWLA is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and has regional offices in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and Charlotte, North Carolina. For additional information about CWLA, please visit the CWLA website at www.cwla.org or call (703) 412-5001.

1/8/2009 12:05:00 AM

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