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REAL STORIES FROM THE FIELD

The Real Stories project is a multimedia collection of workforce development stories from students, faculty, and child welfare professionals at all levels. Each project provides unique, first-person insight into the impact that NCWWI initiatives and partnerships are having on workforce and child welfare practice across the country. 

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National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
LEARNING, LEADING, AND CHANGING

Video100.fwFor decades, the approach to workforce issues in child welfare was crisis-driven. Workers were not sufficiently supported, and states struggled to meet outcomes. In 2008, this began to change when the Children’s Bureau funded the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI). By bringing together tribes, states, agencies, and universities in partnership, NCWWI has transformed the field by developing purposeful interventions that have the workforce at the forefront of sustainable change. View to learn how NCWWI has accomplished this in their purposeful approach.

  

Leadership Academy for Deans and Directors
LEADING THROUGH UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF LIFE STORIES

Video100.fwUnderstanding the personal journey – or context - that leads people to a career in child welfare is an important part of being an effective leader. This story explores how the Director of Missouri’s Children’s Division has shaped his leadership style around understanding the life stories of workers.

 

Leadership Academy for Middle Managers
WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY

Podcast100.fwAnne Graham, a child welfare middle manager from New Hampshire, developed a much needed change initiative during her participation in the LAMM. Although her project addressed a serious gap in worker pre-service training, it took several years until she was able influence and enact change. This story explains how her preparation met the opportunity to be realized.

 

Workforce Excellence
WORKFORCE EXCELLENCE IN MISSOURI

 Video100.fwThe Missouri Children’s Division faced big challenges prior to 2014. Too many children were in out-of-home care, child welfare workers approached practice inconsistently, and the state was plagued by high staff turnover rates. This is the story of how the Division collaborated on a Workforce Excellence project to design and implement a new practice model to address these issues.


University Partnerships
A NEW FRONTIER FOR  CHILD WELFARE IN RURAL NORTH DAKOTA

Video100.fwAs an MSW student at the University of North Dakota, Skye Albert received a NCWWI traineeship that sent her to work in a rural part of the state that was facing a child welfare crisis. Skye not only tackled the unique challenges facing the county, but inspired her MSW program to re-think how they prepare students to work in the field.

 

University Partnerships
THE POWER OF DATA FOR LEARNING AND CHANGING

Podcast100.fwThis is the story of 3 graduate students from the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare who were able to connect their research to practice through their NCWWI traineeships. After their research uncovered areas for improving local practice, they presented their findings to a group of managers from the field, who were compelled to act on what the students had found.

 

Leadership Academy for Middle Managers
FOR MISSOURI FIELD SUPPORT MANAGER. IT'S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

Article.fwDana Jones, a Field Support and Training Manager in Missouri, was facing high staff turnover rates and an over-stressed child welfare system in her region. Through the LAMM, she developed a change initiative that has made a big impact on worker satisfaction, and ultimately, outcomes for children and families.

 

Leadership Academy for Deans and Directors
WEAVING TOGETHER AGENCY STAFF AROUND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

Video100.fwCherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare faced big challenges to move their agency forward. NCWWI signed on to assist and to do so had to change the way they operated, too. Together they faced these challenges to make a difference for children and families.