National Child Welfare Workforce Institute Reaches 15,000 Nationally

The School of Social Welfare’s National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) was designed to build the capacity of the nation’s child welfare workforce through activities that support the development of skilled and committed child welfare leaders and link the workforce to better outcomes for children and families. It is funded by a historic $18 million U.S. Children’s Bureau investment.

Since 2008, NCWWI has reached an audience of more than 13,000 nationally  through its program activities which include: Developing a model for child welfare leadership  (Leadership Model and Competency Framework);  Cultivating middle-managers’ leadership capacity for systems change (Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM)); Advancing supervisory leadership skills and competencies (Leadership Academy for Supervisors (LAS)); Building an effective child welfare pipeline (Traineeship projects); Sharing information for effective transfer of learning and workforce/leadership development (Online Resource Library; targeted resource lists; summaries & overviews; webinars and teleconferences for peer network program participants; quarterly updates to the field; and a national webinar series, What Works for the Workforce: Leadership Competencies in Action).

NCWWI is funded for five years through a cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, and a strong and active partnership among nine universities and the consultants from the National Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4 Tribes). This agreement provides the opportunity to work across the country to achieve the visionary, long-awaited goals of workforce development and better outcomes in child welfare. 

Co-Principal Investigators are Dr. Mary McCarthy and Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson. The University at Albany is responsible for the overall administrative functions of the Institute, along with the Peer Networks and Dissemination components.   Learn more.