Article I The Name
The name of this organization shall be Child Welfare League of America.
Article II Purpose
The Purpose of this League is to secure the following results:
1. The better understanding of child welfare problems.
2. The formulation and improvement of standards and methods of
the different forms of work with children.
3. The making available for all of its members the assured results
of successful effort in any part of the field.
4. The development of inter-society service.
Article III Membership
Section 1. All societies which were members of the Child Welfare
League of America, formerly the Bureau for Exchange of Information,
at the time of the adoption of this constitution, are hereby declared
members of the League.
Section 2. Any organization operating in the field of child welfare
may become a member of the Child Welfare League of America upon
the affirmative vote of a majority of the Executive Committee of
Section 3. Other agencies not distinctly in the children’s
field but who desire to opbtain service from the League in the field
of child welfare may become associate members on approval by the
Executive Committee and on payment of a fee to be determined by
that Committee but without the privilege of voting.
Section 4. The Executive Committee shall be authorized to prescribe
the conditions of membership in the League.
Section 5. A member may be dismissed upon the recommendation of
the Executive Committee by a majority vote of members present and
voting at any regular meeting of the League.
Article IV Officers and Executive Committee
Section 1. The officers of the League shall be a president, a vice-president,
a secretary and a treasurer, to be elected by ballot at the annual
Section 2. There shall be an executive meeting of eighteen members,
of whom at least six shall not be staff members of any of the constituent
organizations. The first year there shall be elected eighteen members,
six for a term of three years, six for a term of two years, and
six for a term of one year; and thereafter six members shall be
elected each year for a term of three years. If not members by election,
the president, secretary and treasurer shall be members ex-officio
of the executive committee. The president and secretary shall act
as chairman and secretary, respectively, of this committee. Seven
members shall constitute a quorum. Vacancies may be filled for unexpired
terms by the executive committee.
Article V Business
Section 1. Members may appoint two voting delegates, one of whom
shall be the chief executive of the agency, but other representative
members of agencies may attend all meetings of the League and have
all privileges except to vote.
Article VI Meetings
Section 1. The Annual Meeting of the League shall be held at the
time and place of the annual meeting of the National Conference
of Social Work. Additional meetings, including regional meetings,
may be called by the president of the League, or upon vote of the
executive committee. Upon written request of ten or more member
agencies, such meetings shall be called by the president.
Section 2. Meetings of the executive committee may be called by
the chairman or the secretary, and upon written request of seven
members thereof shall be called by the chairman.
Article VII Duties of the Executive Committee
All questions of policy shall be submitted to the executive committee
for consideration and report before final action is taken by the
League. The executive committee shall from time to time make recommendations
to the League for its development, and shall at all times carry
out the directions of the League. Between meetings of the League
the executive committee shall have power to make decisions of policy
which shall be subject to review at the next meeting of the League,
and shall have power to make by-laws not in conflict with the constitution.
Article VIII Executive Officer and Staff
Section 1. There shall be an executive officer who shall be called
Director, to be elected by the executive committee without term.
Section 2. There shall be such additional employees as shall be
determined by the executive committee, to be elected by the executive
committee on nomination of the Director, and subject to dismissal
by the Director at his discretion.
Section 3. The executive committee shall determine the salary of
the Director and of all other employees.
Article IX Finances
Section 1. There shall be a membership fee of ten dollars a year.
Section 2. Contributions from individuals and societies and grants
from organizations may be received for carrying out the general
purposes of the League or for carrying out special activities which
may be in harmony with these purposes.
Section 3. The treasurer shall be bonded at the expense of the
League in a sum to be fixed by the executive committee. He shall
pay bills only when certified by the Director and approved by the
chairman of the executive committee, unless otherwise ordered by
the executive committee. He shall render his annual report which
shall have been audited by a certified public accountant appointed
by the executive committee to a meeting of the executive committee
prior to the annual meeting of the League.
Article X Amendments
Amendments to the constitution may be made by an affirmative vote
of two-thirds present and voting at any meeting of the League, provided
a copy of the proposed amendment has been included in the call for