Workforce Development Month

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Since 2017, NCWWI and the Children's Bureau have celebrated Child Welfare Workforce Development Month every September.

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  • For child welfare programs, it's a time to focus on how to better support and recognize your workforce.
  • For child welfare professionals, it's an opportunity to get reconnected with the reason you got into the field.
  • For social work students, it's an opportunity to learn more about child welfare practice.
  • For social work programs and faculty, it's an opportunity to promote specialized child welfare courses you offer.

We hope you'll celebrate with us!


Thank you to this year's MCs and speakers - Kristy Colvin, Vernita Thompson, Aysha E. Schomburg, Adrian McLemore, and Sarah Crisafi. The recording of this year's Child Welfare Worker Recognition Event along with the individual videos played can be viewed in a special collection on NCWWI's Vimeo channel. Please continue to celebrate with us throughout the month as we still have many more events to come!


Register to take Trauma-Informed Yoga for the Child Welfare Professional. This class will utilize research-based, trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices to address signs of secondary traumatic stress or nervous system dysregulation caused by stress or burnout. No yoga experience is necessary.




Do your friends and family really know what you do? If not, we encourage you to share a story with them that showcases how child welfare services support families. If we all take time to share what we do, we can engage those around us to help build systems of family support and community-based child protection.

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The Spread the Word Web page has graphics and pre-written customizable content that can be shared with colleagues/staff/students.



The workforce is a child welfare program's most important asset and a community's link to improved outcomes for children, youth, and families. We encourage child welfare managers/administrators to review NCWWI's Workforce Development Framework to learn strategies that will lead to the improved health of the workforce. We encourage staff to review our 1-pager, 6 Ways to Keep Learning, to discover best practices and tools that can enhance your impact. As you are all emerging leaders, we also hope you'll join us on September 28 from 4:00-5:15 pm EDT for a panel discussion co-hosted with CWLA that will present helpful steps to promote your own growth and development of critical leadership skills.