National Child Welfare Training and Staff Development Resources
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'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.
ACTION operates the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) through a cooperative agreement with the Children's Bureau, ACF, HHS, for the purpose of providing free technical assistance and training to State, local, and tribal CPS agencies.
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.
Training Specific: Please see the Academy Leadership website at http://www.ncwwi.org/index.php/teams-services for a child welfare leadership training model for Supervisors and middle managers that will complement existing workforce and professional development initiatives in the field and promote transfer of learning to the workplace.
Training Specific: NICWA had developed a Tribal Child Welfare Worker Certification that will serve as an aid for the continual development of Indian child welfare workers to better serve our tribal children and families. For more information, please see http://www.nicwa.org/certification/.
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/.
NSDTA was founded in 1983 and incorporated as an affiliate of the American Public Human Servics 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.
- Institute for Human Services provides consultation, research and evaluation, training, and strategic planning.
- TRAINet (Training Resources Advocacy and Information Network) operates the Comprehensive, Competency-Based Inservice Training (CCBIT) System for child welfare.
- Center for Child Welfare Policy (CCWP) is a child welfare education and research center.
- Family Trust Clinic (FTC) provides clinical services to maltreated children and their families and clinical consultation services to the agencies and professionals that serve them.
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.