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PLEASE NOTE: The Federal grant for the NRCOI ended on September 29, 2014. This website is remaining live to keep the resources and information the NRCOI has published throughout the years easily accessible. This information is not being updated.

The following links provide workforce development information related to child welfare. This list is not exhaustive.

Please note that any links which remove you from the NRCOI website are not maintained by us. The NRCOI takes no responsibility for content these websites.

National Organizations:

National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
NCWWI provides training to child welfare supervisors (Leadership Academy for Supervisiors) and middle managers (Leadership Academy for Middle Managers); disseminates promising practices on child welfare leadership, management, and workforce issues; and moderates peer networks for members of child welfare community.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Workforce & Training Resources
Information about and strategies to enhance the child welfare workforce; resources, such as training curricula; and links to training and educational organizations.

American Public Human Services Association
Issues and Policy: Child Welfare
Contains research studies, data, and policy implications related to child welfare workforce issues.

Center for the Study of Social Policy
Human Resource Management Reform
A project developing a useful body of work that bridges the two disciplines of human resource management and human services administration.

Children's Defense Fund
Promoting Child Welfare Workforce Improvements Through Federal Policy Changes
This series of reports is the result of discussions among key child welfare organizations designed to examine the workforce challenges that impede efforts to meet critical child welfare outcomes and to develop a set of federal policy recommendations to support workforce improvements.

Cornerstones for Kids
Workforce Planning Portal

Provides hands-on tools and resources for human services agencies looking for solutions to workforce challenges.

Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research
IASWR Child Welfare Workforce Initiative
IASWR has launched a Child Welfare Workforce initiative, with goals connecting current research to practice and policy, and identifying additional research needed to systematically improve the child welfare workforce.

Children's Bureau Child Welfare Recruitment and Retention Grantees:
In 2003, the Children’s Bureau funded eight 5-year projects across the U.S. to address issues of recruitment, selection, and retention of child welfare staff. Below are the websites for the 8 grantees which contain a wealth of information.

Summary Document: Project Abstracts of Recruitment and Retention Grantees
A Presentation from the Children's Bureau 2003 Grantees: Developing Models of Effective Child Welfare Staff Recruitment & Retention Training from the plenary session of the 2007 Children's Bureau Conference for Agencies and Courts

Maine Child Welfare Training Institute, University of Southern Maine
Child Welfare Recruitment & Retention

Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver
Western Regional Recruitment and Retention Project

University of Iowa, School of Social Work
Improving Recruitment and Retention in Public Child Welfare

Michigan State University, School of Social Work
Developing Models of Effective Child Welfare Staff Recruitment and Retention Training

University of Michigan, School of Social Work
Recruitment and Retention of Child Welfare Professionals Program

Jordan Institute for Families, University of North Carolina, School of Social Work
Child Welfare Staff Recruitment & Retention: An Evidence-Based Training Model

SUNY Albany, School of Social Welfare
New York State Social Work Education Consortium
Recruitment and Retention of Child Welfare Staff

Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service
Children FIRST, Recruitment and Retention of Child Welfare Staff By Building Management Capacity



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