UAlbany Spearheads New National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
Institute will provide leadership training for those who serve abused and neglected children
Contact(s): Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150
NCWWI, funded by the U.S. Children's Bureau, will focus on leadership as a way to strengthen the recruitment, selection, and retention of high quality staff, including professionally prepared social workers who assist abused and neglected children.
School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson and Mary McCarthy, director of UAlbany's Social Work Education Consortium, are principal investigators on the grant, which will bring $1.4 million to UAlbany over the life of the five-year award.
"The Institute provides an historic opportunity to impact the child welfare field. UAlbany's School of Social Welfare is on the forefront of the issue of how to best protect children by recruiting, training, and retaining the very best child welfare workers," said Briar-Lawson. "The consortium has worked tirelessly with colleagues in the state and nationally in its pioneering efforts to tackle this problem."
The mission of the School of Social Welfare is to further social and economic justice and to serve people who are vulnerable, marginalized or oppressed, a mission implemented through education, knowledge development, and service that promotes leadership for evidence-based social work with a global perspective. The School was ranked 12th among social work schools nationwide in the most recent U.S. News and World Report. In addition, School of Social Welfare faculty consistently rank in the top five of all schools of social work nationally for their research and scholarship.
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