The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization, has been known and respected as a champion for children since 1920. During the upcoming CWLA national conference, taking place from April 26–29 in Washington, DC, the organization will honor journalists, social work professionals and nonprofits including; Youth Service, Inc.’s Joseph Hill-Coles, the City of Philadelphia’s Community Navigator.

Hill-Coles will receive The Cassaundra Rainey Youth Champion Award which honors a young person (age 26 or younger) who is/was under the auspices of the child welfare system and is actively involved in improving outcomes for children and youth as a volunteer or young professional. The award is named in memory of CWLA Vice President, Cassaundra Rainey, who was a passionate youth advocate.

For more information on CWLA, visit For more information on the 2018 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy: Building Resilience in Changing Times, visit