In 1990, the Child Welfare League Committee was organized to facilitate the 1990 amendment of the 1973 Child Welfare Law. The committee was comprised of a group of enthusiastic professionals including legislators, lawyers, social workers as well as other concerned participants. The Committee prepared a Revision of the Child Welfare Law which was then sent to the Legislative Yuan for approval. The Committee believed there was a need for a permanent organization to carry on the child welfare work in Taiwan and thus the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF) was established in December 1991.
Since then, CWLF has provided a wide range of publicly accessible services related to child welfare. CWLF works to resolve social problems through public education, social services and legislative change while addressing new problems as needs arise.
CWLF was first established in Taipei in 1991. The Kaohsiung branch was later established in December 1997, followed by the Taichung branch in 1998. CWLF in collaboration with the Taiwan Provincial Government also founded the Missing Children Data Resource Center in Taichung.