Online Child Welfare Trainings
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
National organizations and/or educational institutions that offer web-based/online training, staff development opportunities, webinars, and e-learning on a broad range of child welfare topics. Diversity and inclusion trainings are also highlighted, as available.
You may also view our related organizations list of State Child Welfare Training Resources and National Child Welfare Training and Staff Development Resources. If you are aware of other online training resources, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov. Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
Action for Child Protection
Action for Child Protection features free online learning opportunities
for child welfare professionals in areas such as implementation of the Safety Assessment Family Evaluation practice model and the Family Connections community-based service program; program development, assessment, and improvement plans; and public policy.
Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence offers training opportunities
for all levels of child welfare professionals and caregivers on the topics of child safety, child abuse prevention, cultural competence, domestic violence, trauma, and more.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Toll-Free: (888) 572-6500
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), is a national technical assistance program addressing the challenges which refugee youth and children face in adjusting to life in the U. S. Its purpose is to broaden the scope of information and increase the collaboration among service providers for refugee youth, children and families. Online Trainings:
Available through BRYCS Online Training Modules
CapLEARN, the Capacity Building Center for States' Learning Management System, provides child welfare professionals access to training, to build their capacity around specific issues related to child welfare practice.
Center for Adoption Support and Education National Training Initiative
The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) provides web-based trainings to build the capacity of child welfare and mental health professionals in all States, Tribes, and territories to effectively support children, youth, and their foster, adoptive, and guardianship families. Online Trainings:
NTI also features a recorded webinar discussion on Addressing Racial Bias in Transracial/Transcultural Adoption
which is designed to increase professionals’ understanding of implicit and explicit bias, providing strategies and tools to better support transracial/transcultural adoptive families.
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW)
CASCW offers self-directed e-learning opportunities for child welfare professionals, foster parents, advocates, and others interested in a variety of topics, such as trauma, crossover youth, supporting addiction recovery, parents with disabilities, and siblings in foster care.
Child Welfare League of America
Child Welfare League of America provides online trainings for child welfare professionals on topics such as mental health, family assessment, substance use, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and attachment.
FRIENDS Online Learning Center
The FRIENDS Online Learning Center offers targeted training to child abuse prevention practitioners in the areas of outcome accountability, data utilization, parent leadership, evidence-based practices, program assessment, logic models, collaboration, and systems change.
Child Protection: Children's Rights in Theory and Practice is an introductory 16-week, self-paced online course that addresses child protection issues, such as the impact of violence, exploitation, and abuse on children's development and strategies to prevent and respond to these adverse experiences.
This course introduces the learner to HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences). The vision of HOPE is a world that honors and fosters positive experiences as being fundamental to everyone’s health and well-being. Hope's self-paced online course offers access to comprehensive research, based in the “Science of the Positive,” on how positive childhood experiences drive healthy development and mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences.
Human Rights Careers
Human Rights Careers features five free online courses on protecting children from violence, exploitation, and trauma from top universities such as Harvard and the University of Geneva.
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is an interdisciplinary research institute at the Ohio State University with a focus on educating the public and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion through research, engagement, and communication. Online Trainings:
Its Implicit Racial Bias 101: Exploring Implicit Bias in Child Protection
is an online course that introduces readers to insights about how minds operate, and it explores the origins of implicit associations with a focus on uncovering biases and learning strategies to address them.
National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC)
The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is a non-profit professional membership and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing justice for children, youth, and families. Its online Red Book Training Course covers material from Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. The course covers Federal law and practice in dependency and related issues and is designed to assist practitioners in preparing for the Child Welfare Law Specialist examination.
National Association of Social Workers
750 First Street NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002-4241
Phone: (202) 408-8600
TTY: (800) 742-4089
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is a private, nonprofit membership organization committed to enhancing the profession of social work, developing and supporting social policy, and promoting human services programs. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and ensure the welfare of children and families. Online Trainings:
The NASW online catalog contains professional development courses, lectures, seminars, workshops, webinars, conferences, and self-study courses on a variety of topics, including diversity, racism, and cultural competence
. NASW members can receive free or discounted continuing education credits to fill licensing or credentialing requirements for their participation in professional development programs.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Connect
Phone: (703) 224-2150
NCMEC Connect features online learning courses for law enforcement, child-serving professionals, and concerned citizens on the subject of child sex trafficking, online safety, and crimes against children.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Welfare
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers web-based training resources to help professionals increase their knowledge in and skills related to working with families affected by substance use disorders and support the building of cross-system collaboration across the various agencies serving these families.
National Child Welfare Work Institute
General Scope: The NCWWI online portal
provides access to interactive online learning that builds child welfare professionals' knowledge and skills in leadership, workforce development, change implementation, cultural responsiveness, and data-driven decision-making. Online Trainings:
The NCWWI Workforce Development Framework describes the key elements of an effective workforce and evidence-informed strategies. Its 6-and-a-half-minute module
addresses the importance of diversity and individual differences to achieve the vision and mission of the agency.
National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC)
Phone: 256-533-KIDS (5437)
The NCAC Virtual Training Center offers free online training opportunities and webinars for child abuse professionals on a wide variety of child maltreatment topics, including evidence-based practices and emerging issues
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
PO Box 8970
Reno, Nevada 89507
Phone: (775) 507-4777
Fax: (775) 507-4848
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is dedicated to improving the court system's handling of juvenile and family matters through applied research, technical assistance, and continuing education of judges and juvenile justice professionals on family violence, child abuse and neglect, and child protection and custody. Online Trainings:
NCJFCJ presents a three-part national webinar
focused on addressing racial equity and redefining poverty and neglect in the child welfare system.
National Foster Parent Association Training Institute
The NFPA Training Institute offers a variety of free online trainings to caregivers on topics related to trauma, adverse childhood experiences, promoting attachment and healing, creating positive relationships in foster care, communication with birth parents, and more.
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) Training Institutes
NICWA's training institutes provide professional development opportunities through interactive courses in the field of Indian child welfare. Specific topics focus on ICWA, positive Indian parenting, and Tribal customary adoption.
The SOAR framework is a trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically appropriate response to human trafficking. It provides social service professionals with tailored information on how to identify and respond to human trafficking within their field. SOAR Online is jointly provided by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The module is a collaboration between the Administration for Children and Families Office on Trafficking in Persons and the HHS Office on Women’s Health, supported by the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center.
1825 K Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Formed by the union of The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the Council on Accreditation, Social Current brings together a network of human/social service organizations and partners. Leveraging the collective experience of the field and research, the newly created organization focuses on amplifying the work of the social sector through collaboration, innovation, policy, and practice excellence. Social Current offers access to intellectual capital of thousands of professionals within their network through peer groups, learning opportunities, collective advocacy, individualized consultation, tools, and resources that address the sector’s most critical challenges. Online Trainings:
Social Current also offers a compilation of live webinars and self-paced and instructor-led courses
that address issues related to organizational excellence, advancing equity, and population health and well-being. While most of the courses are free, some involve a cost.
Switchboard is a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and implemented by the International Rescue Committee. Switchboard provides free consultation and training to U.S. resettlement agencies and affiliates, state agencies, community-based organizations, and others funded by ORR. Online Trainings:
A list of self-paced online courses to address refugee service providers’ professional development needs may be found in the E-learning section
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
NCTSN offers e-learning courses and training curricula designed to increase child welfare professionals' knowledge about childhood trauma and better equip them with the skills and tools needed to address the needs of children who have experienced trauma.
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, New York 10018
Phone: (212) 233-5500
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling and legal and educational services. The Training Institute
provides online courses and in-person and virtual trainings on a variety of topics at the State and national level, as well as train-the-trainer and consultation services to support other agencies in implementing the NYSPCC evidence-based and research-informed programs.