Workforce Development Month 2018




Why the Workforce Matters

 Child welfare work is not rocket science; it is much harder and more complicated, and often requires life-changing decisions by child welfare professionals. The reality of the challenges of child welfare work—low pay, a ton of paperwork, massive caseloads, and upset parents—masks the motivation of competent committed, and resilient child welfare staff who believe they can make a difference in a world of troubles and hard knocks. And with persistence and skills, they do make a difference!

The child welfare workforce is an agency’s most important asset and a community’s link to improved outcomes for children, youth and families. During this month of celebration for workforce development, the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute is honored to serve and support those who tackle the hard work of child welfare. To learn more about why the child welfare workforce matters and the high cost of turnover to those needing their support, view our infographic.




Workforce is our Greatest Asset


 Why Workforce is our Focus

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 How to Participate



Celebrate Worker Recognition Day - One Heart Can Make a Difference

September 20, 2018


To celebrate Worker Recognition Day, NCWWI and the Children’s Bureau are co-hosting a live virtual event that will be kicked off by Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau. The opening message will be followed by an informative, inspirational and purpose-driven presentation, One Heart Can Make a Difference: Impacting Lives through Dynamic Service Excellence by Mark Anthony Garrett. It will address how every person within the child welfare system has the power to be a difference maker when their heart is emotionally connected to the jobs they perform. To learn more about what you can expect, view the welcome videoTo receive complete details, reminders, and tips on hosting your own viewing event, register!







Say Thank You


When is the last time you thanked a colleague and/or employee for a job well done? Praise costs nothing and yet contributes to higher levels of engagement; improves morale, trust, and relationships; and decreases turnover (Gallup) and yet employees say they don't get enough praise! Here's some tips for being successful and if you'd like, share your message of support! Share by including the hashtag #CWworkforce and/or by completing our online form. We want to hear from child welfare managers/administrators thanking staff; from child welfare staff who want to share what motivates you to do this work and/or how this work makes a positive difference; and by those that would like to thank a child welfare worker for helping you/your family. Thanks for all you do to support children & families!








Host a Film Festival


Get inspired by leaders in agencies & universities that took an innovative approach to improve the organizational culture, support the child welfare workforce, and achieve better outcomes for the families they serve. View the Real Stories Tool Kit and choose one or more relevant videos. Then bring together colleagues/staff, students, and/or community members to have a rich discussion about how to apply lessons learned at your agency. Want to share pics from your film festival or ask the producers questions? Tweet using the hashtag #RealStoriesFilmFest and we'll respond on Twitter.









Keep Learning


We get that you have limited time and yet you want to keep learning. That's why we developed various ways for you to learn so you can choose from whatever is most convenient for you! Check out our infographic to learn more.







Spread the Word


In September, we will post messages that can be easily shared with others. We will also be tweeting/posting multiple times a day with the hashtag #CWworkforce, so feel free to RT/share those posts. Just follow us on FacebookTwitter and/or LinkedIn.