National Child Welfare Training and Staff Development Resources
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Selected, key national organizations that provide child welfare training and staff development resources.
For a listing of links to State-specific agencies, organizations, and universities providing training and/or continuing education for the child welfare workforce, please see the Related Organizations Listing, State Child Welfare Training Resources.
If you are aware of any other national child welfare training organizations, 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
2101 Sardis Road North
Charlotte, North Carolina 28227
Phone: (704) 845-2121
Fax: (704) 845-8577
General Scope: ACTION is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and improving child protection efforts on behalf of children and families.
ACTION's goals are to improve the competence of professionals in child welfare services, to provide tools to enhance the effectiveness of agencies and organizations involved in child protection, and to increase community awareness of child abuse and neglect and the need for child protection.
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
General Scope: Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) 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.
BRYCS is a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), and it is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
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.
Institute for Human Services (IHS)
1706 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Phone: (614) 251-6000
Fax: (614) 251-6005
IHS is committed to helping organizations achieve best practice and the highest standards of service in the child welfare/child protection field. Since its founding in 1977, IHS has worked throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, with both local public human service agencies and state, provincial, and national governments, to protect vulnerable and at-risk children and strengthen their families. Online Trainings:
To access the Institute for Human Services virtually trainings currently being offered, please visit IHS Training
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 is a private, nonprofit membership organization committed to enhancing the profession of social work, developing and supporting social policy, and promoting human services programs. There are NASW chapters in every state; most are engaged in child welfare and family violence program activities at the local level. 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.
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
135 Western Avenue - 301 Richardson Hall
School of Social Welfare - The University at Albany SUNY
Albany, New York 12222
Phone: (410) 706-3740
General Scope: The purpose of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) is to build the capacity of the nation's child welfare workforce and improve outcomes for children and families through activities that support the development of skilled child welfare leaders in public, private, and Tribal child welfare systems. NCWWI promotes organizational interventions focused on developing and retaining a diverse and effective workforce by supporting partnerships among public and tribal child welfare programs and schools of social work.
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 Indian Child Welfare Association
5100 SW Macadam Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97239
Phone: (503) 222-4044
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) functions as the only Native American organization focused specifically on issues of child abuse and neglect and tribal capacity to prevent and respond effectively to these problems. NICWAprovide workshops and training programs, using culturally appropriate NICWA developed resources, including training materials, curricula, and books. NICWA also offers technical assistance and training on child care, family preservation, and substance abuse.Training Specific
: NICWA has developed trainings on a variety of topics related to American Indian child welfare that are available via on-site training, training institutes, or ICWA online training courses. For more information, please see http://www.nicwa.org/training/.
National Staff Development and Training Association
1133 17th St. N
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone: (202) 682-0100
Fax: (202) 289-6555
General Scope: The mission of the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) is to build professional and organizational capacity in the human services through a national network of membership sharing ideas and resources on organizational development, staff development, and training.
NSDTA was founded in 1983 and incorporated as an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) in 1985 to support persons responsible for human service training and staff development on the local, state, or federal level.
Training Specific: The NSDTA represents training professionals working in public human services. Each year, NSDTA sponsors a Professional Development Institute, a national training and networking event for people involved in human services training, staff development and organizational development. Presenters represent governmental agencies including human services, public health, child welfare, corrections and human rights, as well as nongovernmental agencies including private sector child welfare and community-based organizations.
Tribal Information Exchange
The Tribal Information Exchange of the Capacity Building Center for Tribes works to design and deliver tools and resources for tribal child welfare professionals. Our hope is that they are helpful in determining how best to support tribal communities and meet their unique needs.
Welfare Reform Academy
2202J Van Munching Hall
University of Maryland
Welfare Reform Academy
College Park, Maryland 20742-1821
Phone: (301) 405-4753
Phone: (202) 862-7160
Fax: (301) 403-4675
The School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland has created the Welfare Reform Academy to help State and local officials, private social service providers, and other interested parties take full advantage of the 1996 welfare reform law.
The Academy provides training in program design, implementation, and evaluation for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamp, Medicaid, job training, child care, child welfare, and child support programs.