Thank you to everyone who participated in 2019! We are honored that you are in this field with us and hope that you will carry all of the messages of appreciation from this year's Child Welfare Worker Recognition Event with you as you continue to work on behalf of children, youth & families.
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Leaders of child welfare programs can utilize our Workforce Development Framework to guide their workforce development strategies. We also encourage you to show appreciation for your workforce all year long.
Faculty can review our special collection of resources on preparing students for practice in child welfare.
Current and future child welfare professionals can follow us on social media to conveniently receive information about new resources, best practices in the field, and self-care tips. You may also want to check out our 1-pager, 6 Ways to Keep Learning, for a list of professional development resources.
History of National Child Welfare Workforce Development Month
In September 2017, NCWWI celebrated the first National Child Welfare Workforce Development Month. Our intent was to help child welfare programs develop a comprehensive approach to improving the health of their workforce by sharing NCWWI tools and resources. It was also to honor the hard work of child welfare professionals in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families in our communities. That same year, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution to recognize September as “National Workforce Development Month” in order to promote federal workforce development investments to ensure the country's economic competitiveness. Every year we look to build on the original celebration by finding new and exciting ways to show appreciation for our workforce. We hope you'll celebrate with us every September.