Since 1985, federally-funded partnerships between child welfare agencies and social work programs have emerged and matured in more than 35 states and are critical components of workforce systems in child welfare. Guided by our collaboration with the Children's Bureau, and in concert with NAPCWA and the Child Welfare Task Force of NADD, NCWWI is developing and implementing a Child Welfare Leadership Academy for Social Work Deans (and their counterparts in academia who are directors and chairs) and Agency Directors (county, state, tribal, private), called the Leadership Academy for Deans and Directors (LADD).

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This new Academy advances change initiatives and leadership enhancements that address workforce, services, inter-organizational, organizational and related capacity-building to improve recruitment, selection and retention of professionally prepared staff. We seek to foster transformational change projects related to university–agency partnerships and enhanced workforce outcomes.



  1. Increases the ability of deans and agency directors to implement and sustain strategic and inclusive workforce and retention related partnerships in child welfare.
  2. Increases model building for more relevant, culturally competent, evidence-based child welfare education, training, field units, career supports and career pathways for public child welfare employees.
  3. Supports simultaneous initiatives between schools and child welfare agencies that create and advance the preparation of an expert, culturally responsive and inclusive workforce that can effectively deliver high quality services.
  4. Designs and tests new roles, practice models, and organizational units for workers which advance high impact and effective services (e.g. evidence-based parenting practices, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma informed approaches).
  5. Ensures that change goals are aligned with other relevant initiatives underway in traineeships and in jurisdictional organizational interventions.


For more information, please contact the LADD Team Leaders, Gary Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Katharine Briar-Lawson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..