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. Utilize our a Real Stories Tool Kit to bring together colleagues/staff, students, and/or community members for rich discussions about innovative workforce development initiatives.


When state and local child welfare agencies collaborate with schools of social work, the results can benefit both parties by properly preparing future—and current—child welfare professionals and helping ensure curricula remains topical and relevant to the current needs of the field. This podcast, developed in collaboration with the Child Welfare Information Gateway, showcases a NCWWI university-agency partnership between the University of North Dakota Department of Social Work and the North Dakota Department of Children and Family Services. The Child Welfare Scholars program funds BSW and MSW trainees who are current members of the child welfare workforce. The goal is to help social work students grow their leadership and practice skills, help meet the increased child welfare demands of the state, and provide direct feedback to the university to shape its curriculum.


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