Join the Alliance

California Alliance of Child and Family Services members are child and family serving organizations with programs and services in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, special education or children’s mental health. Members have, as a primary agency, a not-for-profit, public benefit corporation designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. All members meet national accreditation standards. New members are granted provisional status during their accreditation process.

Members of the California Alliance are required to meet the standards of excellence through recognized national accrediting organizations including the Council on Accreditation, the Joint Accrediting Commission for Healthcare Organizations and the Commission for Accreditation of Residential Facilities.


Member Benefits

When an agency joins the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, it joins a family of outstanding organizations that can be counted on for support, advice, and technical assistance. Member agencies receive all the following services and benefits:

  • Representation on statewide policy issues before the administration, California Legislature and state administrative and regulatory agencies.
  • Assistance in interfacing with state agencies to get questions answered and problems resolved. 
  • Member rate at two annual membership conferences for executives that offer Group Home  Administrators and professional CEUs.
  • Agency inclusion in the member directory, posted online and distributed to placing agencies statewide.
  • Regular Someday Morning updates keeping member agencies abreast of current trends and policy developments.
  • Comprehensive and detailed Alerts and Updates on budgetary, legislative and regulatory issues impacting member agencies.
  • Access to Members Only areas on the Alliance website for critical information and public policy position decision-making.
  • Legislative Bill Tracking Reports following bills having potential impact on member agencies.
  • Direct access to Alliance staff with expertise in areas impacting member agencies.
  • Opportunities to set policy direction guiding legislative and regulatory advocacy by actively participating on Alliance committees and work groups in program areas of interest.
  • NEW: FREE Membership to the National Council for Behavioral Health (A $4,270 value!) LINK for more information.
  • NEW: Fostering Media Connections (FMC) – publisher of The Chronicle of Social Change and Fostering Families Today magazine – offers Alliance members a discount of 25% to both publications. LINK for more information.
  • As a member you also have the opportunity for the following discounts::
    • 25% of COA accreditation
    • Discount on CWLA membership

Join the Alliance and improve the quality of care and services provided to vulnerable children and families.

Membership Documents:

Why is the Alliance a must-belong-to organization?

How to become a member

Membership application

Dues structure

Code of Ethics

Accreditation form

For questions or details about how to become a member, please contact Kim Janoe at [email protected] or 916/449-2273, extension 207.